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9th September, 2014

Stavanger, Norway

 Stavanger overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and flourished in the early 19th century as a centre for the fishing trade. Stavanger has managed to keep its economy booming by diversifying, first into shipbuilding and now into oil. The historic city was just a short walk from the quayside along quaint cobbled streets. The impressive Cathedral dates back to 1125 and is the only cathedral in Norway to retain its original features.

The tours on offer included ‘Stavanger City and Cathedral Tour’ which took passengers to the residential area located on a number of small islands where passengers could enjoy lovely views of the fjord and city. Passengers on this tour also visited ‘Swords in Rock’ monument to learn how the Viking King Harald I defeated the last of the regional princes and started the unification of Norway. The ‘Occupation of Stavanger Tour’ gave passengers an opportunity to learn more about life in Stavanger during the Second World War after it was occupied by German Soldiers. Passengers on this tour visited the Rogaland War Museum which is housed in the small part of what remains of a huge military garrison constructed by the Germans during the War. They also visited the Sola Aviation Museum which is situated in an authentic German aircraft hanger built in 1942.  The ‘Lysefjord Boat Trip’ was a popular tour and took passengers on a scenic boat ride along Lysefjord. They visited Pulpit Rock which is one of Southwest Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. It towers 1800ft above the fjord and is a flat mountain plateau. Passengers on this trip stopped in the heart of the fjord, surrounded by beautiful scenery in a log cabin for coffee and traditional Norwegian waffles.

This afternoon, many passengers were out on deck as we sailed away from our final port of call for this cruise. They enjoyed the last views of Norway as we left this stunning country behind and sailed towards Dover.

Tonight was formal night and we hosted our Farwell Cocktail Party in the Britannia Lounge. During the Cocktail Party we also gave our Employee of the Month Presentation which is a lovely chance for individuals in our hard-working crew to be recognised. After the party, passengers enjoyed yet another sumptuous feast in the restaurant before our after-dinner Cabaret Showtime featuring the extremely talented Pianist ‘Harry’.

We will now spend one day at sea before our arrival in Dover on Thursday.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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