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5th September, 2014

Kristiansund, Norway

Today we docked in the Norwegian port of Kristiansund where there has been a town since the 18th century, built from the successful fishing community. During the second World War, Kristiansund was completely destroyed and has since been re-built and today it appears to be a modern and attractive town. The town is very close to the port, and in order to reach the berth we had to transit through a very narrow channel to get to the port basin. However the effort was worth it as the berth is right in the centre of the city and affords easy access for our passengers to walk into the city. It was a beautiful day today so passengers who had not booked on one of the organised shore excursions were able to stroll ashore at their leisure and explore the town.

The shore excursions team had organised several tours for the passengers to enjoy today including a Sight Seeing Tour of Kristiansund, a boat trip to the Island of Grip where they visited a medieval church dating back to 1470. The Norway in Miniature’ tour gave an insight into the Country’s main industries including fishing and farming. Today the Shore Excursions offered an excursion to Kristiansund Opera House which is included as part of the cruise. There were two groups, with one departing at 2.00pm and the other at 5.00pm. Passengers on this tour visited Norway’s oldest Opera House. It was completed in 1941 and the art nouveau style is arguably one of the most beautiful of its kind. Once at the Opera House, passengers enjoyed a special performance of Opera and ballet by local singers and dancers. This afternoon excursion was a delight to experience and many passengers returned to the ship exhilarated after seeing such a wonderful performance.

We remained alongside in Kristiansund until 11pm and it was a lovely mild weather. This evening the Cruise Department hosted a deck party featuring the Explosive Singers, with party songs for passengers to dance the night away under the stars.  However, Arku also performed a classical recital in the Britannia Lounge for those passengers who enjoy classical music.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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