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12th September, 2015


This morning we had a slightly later arrival into the beautiful port of Oslo which gave everyone an opportunity to gather out onto the open decks to enjoy the wonderful scenic sail in. Many had enjoyed an al fresco style line dance after breakfast with our resident show team, Explosive Productions.

Despite being the quietest of the Scandinavian capitals, there’s still plenty to do and see. This vibrant city is home to some 50 museums, and is full of both art galleries and cafes, great for those wishing to explore at their own leisure. Typically of Norway, Oslo is clean and prosperous, with very few high rise buildings.

As always this exciting city was really shown in all its glory with the marvelous diverse selection of excursions we had available today. The most popular tour today being Oslo Panoramic and Vigeland Park. The highlights of the capital are really exposed on this tour as you drive along the walls of medieval Akershus Castle, before heading into the city centre. The Vigeland Sculpture Park is a really interesting part of the tour, as our passengers are taken on an optional guided tour through the park where they discover the 121 different sculpted figures, created by Gustav Vigeland himself.

Three other tours which were available today to our guests were Oslo and the Hadeland Glassworks, Oslo Maritime Highlights, and also Walking in the Heart of Oslo. An excursion I found rather appealing was in fact the Maritime Highlights, where one visits the Viking ship museum. Here the magnificent vessels on view were found placed in royal tombs at Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune, and are shown with the actual artefacts from the graves themselves. From here everyone went on to discover the Fram museum, home to the polar ship Fram which was built in 1892. Not only are guests able to see the ship but actually step on board as well, where they saw it displayed in its original condition, with a well preserved interior. All aboard time today was at 6.30pm, as we prepared to set sail towards our next port of call, Kristiansand, Norway.

The main show time tonight was a rather exciting one with special guest stars ‘The WestEnders’. The six singers who perform all over the world originally met while appearing in Les Miserable at London’s Palace Theatre. This wonderfully choreographed show really wowed our audience, leaving them wanting more. A show full of the best repertoire in musical theatre.

Late night cabaret up in the drawing room was ‘The Sounds of Simon’, a tribute to singer/songwriters Simon and Garfunkel. A beautifully performed easy listening set which was a fantastic way to end the evening.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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