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8th September, 2014

Florø, Norway

 MV Saga Sapphire docked in Norway’s most Westerly town, Florø at 8:00am this morning. Florø was originally established as a base for the herring industry, fishing and boat building are still an integral part of life.

The shore excursions team had organised several tours for passengers to enjoy today and there was quite a selection to choose from. The ‘Coastal Contrasts and Black Friday Museum’ tour began with a short sightseeing tour of Florø followed by a scenic drive along the fjord taking in some wonderful scenery. The Black Friday Museum documents the dogfight fought out in the skies over Norway during World War II. The ‘Florø and Surroundings’ tour began with a visit to the Coastal Museum which depicted life from days gone by with ancient boats and fishing equipment. Passengers on this tour also enjoyed visiting a viewpoint some 750 feet above sea level with 360 degree sweeping views of Florø and the surrounding landscape. On the ‘Island of Kinn’ tour, passengers were transported to the lush green island of Kinn by boat, where they began a walking tour of the island. They visited the Romanesque Kinn church which has been in use since the 12th century and is believed to have been built by the Celts fleeing religious persecution. It is surrounded by spectacular scenery, overlooking the ocean and the mountain cleft of Kinnaklova to the west. The final tour on offer was something a little bit different and was called ‘Superfast Seafood’. Passengers embarked on a high speed journey on a rigid inflatable boat to the small fishing community of Kalvåg. Here, passengers visited the old herring salting houses and stopped to sample the excellent seafood in a local restaurant.

This afternoon, our classical trio The Arku Trio performed during Afternoon Tea in the Britannia Lounge which was full whilst passengers enjoyed the delicious food and beautiful music. After tea, many passengers went outside to the open deck to watch the ship sail away from this lovely port. We will now make our way to the last of our Norwegian ports for this cruise.

This evening’s entertainment featured the second performance by Opera Interludes. This performance was just as popular as the first. After showtime, the Sapphire Orchestra performed a late night jazz session upstairs in the intimate setting of the Drawing Room allowing them to really showcase their talents. 

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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