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19th August, 2015


This morning we docked at 8.00am at in the Norwegian port of Sandefjord, on one of the hottest days of the summer yet in Norway. Guests going on excursions this morning were granted a lie-in, with the first excursion gathering at 9.15am in the Britannia Lounge.

The first group set off on an all-day excursion to Norway’s capital city of Oslo: on this tour passengers journeyed approximately an hour and a half to Oslo, where they started with a sightseeing tour, driving past the Akershus Fortress, Parliament Building, Royal Palace and Nobel Institute before arriving at the Vigeland Sculpture Park. After visiting the park, guests went for lunch at a local hotel in Oslo, followed by more sightseeing on the way to the Bygdøy Peninsula to visit the Viking Ship Museum. This museum houses three Viking longboats and two of the best preserved 9th-century ships as well as many other artefacts from the Viking Era. The second group this morning departed for a cruise on the historic Telemark Canal and after lunch in Lunde overlooking the locks, guests embarked MS Victoria for a 2 hour cruise along some of the nicest stretches of the canal passing through 10 of the 18 lock chambers, descending 144 feet whilst enjoying the magnificent view and a Norwegian waffle.

Other groups left after lunch, in the early afternoon. The first going on a ‘Sandefjord and Coastal Panoramic’ Excursion on which our guests first discovered the lovely town of Sandefjord with is Framnes Shipyard, its Whaling Monument and its charming wooden buildings, before heading off to Midtasen, former home of shipping magnate and philanthropist Anders Jahre with its interesting sculpture collection. It was then time to drive to the pretty little seaside town of Stavern where after tea or coffee and cake in a local hotel, guests had free time to explore the 17th Century Naval Fortress or stroll around the town. The other afternoon group set off on a ‘Viking History’ excursion, on which after viewing the Gokstad Viking burial mound passengers went to the oldest town in Norway, Tønsberg where, under the monastery ruins, could be found several Viking graves. This was followed by a visit to the Slottsfjell Museum which is home to Norway’s fourth Viking trading ship from Klåstad, the only one not located in Oslo.

All aboard time this evening was 8.30pm, as we prepared for a relaxing day at sea to come. At 9.30pm, in the Britannia Lounge, singing sensation Justine Balmer performed a selection of songs from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Il Divo to name but a few. The Saga Orchestra then played music for dancing, as our Cocktail Pianist Martin Orbidans played in Cooper’s Bar, and the Two Hearts Duo played up in the Drawing Room.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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