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6th September, 2014

Molde, Norway

At 8am this morning we docked at the port of Molde and were surrounded by breath-taking scenery. The town sprawls along the banks of the River Moldeeva and is protected by mountains and sheltered from winds from the north and the west allowing the fragrant flowers and plants, for which it is famous, to bloom. Molde is populated with traditional wooden houses and lovingly tended gardens and it has a tranquil atmosphere which lured the famous Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen to move here.

Lots of passengers had booked to go on one of our organised shore excursions today and there were plenty to choose from. There was a full day tour which took passengers along the dramatic Trollstigen Canyon Road which ascends 2,800 feet into the mountains and passes 11 hairpin bends. The Atlantic Ocean Road’ tour was very popular and a remarkable feat of engineering. The five mile stretch of bridges and embankments jump from islet to islet across the boundless ocean, connecting Averøy with the mainland. The Town of Roses’ took passengers on a panoramic tour of Molde and they also visited the Romsdal Open Air Museum. Passengers also enjoyed a performance of local folk dancing with the dancers wearing colourful national costume.

All aboard time was 4.30pm today and once all were back on board we set sail for our next port of call, Geiranger.

Tonight we hosted our Britannia Club Cocktail Party for our 275 members who are sailing with us this cruise. This evening’s Cabaret Showtime featured a group called Opera Interludes who performed a selection of operatic pieces. This was followed by a late night cabaret in the Drawing Room showcasing the talent of Cruise Director Matthew Shaw.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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