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13th September, 2015

This morning we arrived in our next port of call Kristiansand, Norway. Greeted by rather grey weather, the mood on-board was high as everyone was eager to explore this beautiful town. Kristiansand is quite an important centre on the southern coast of Norway where ferries go back and forth to mainland Europe. Houses here are typically Norwegian, wooden and white, and immaculately kept. This charming town is a favourite holiday location for Norwegians, easy to see why with its lively pedestrianised shopping areas, and wonderful coastline dotted with islands and skerries.

Today the first of our excursions met with Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh in the Britannia lounge, for the Charming Little Lillesand tour. Here our passengers were able to observe the rectangular pattern of streets between the harbour and river Otra. Catching a glimpse of Kristiansand before crossing the River Otra to continue their journey onto what is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the region, Lillesand. Houses here date from the 18th and 19th century. This excursion allowed for free time to explore this once important port for shipping timber. This tour was great for those wanting something a little less tiring.

The most popular excursion today however had to be the Vintage Steam Railway, with more than 120 guests booking up to experience this train which is powered by a steam engine more than 100 years old. Jay Collins, one of our cruise staff members, escorted a group on this tour, and was delighted to report back that this had been one of his most enjoyable excursions to date.

This afternoon up in the drawing room the wonderful Pier Quartet entertained us once again with a Baroque concert, featuring works by Purcell and Bach. For all those loyal guests whom we have the pleasure of welcoming time and time again, a cocktail party was held in the Britannia Lounge to celebrate those who are our Britannia Club members. The main show time this evening was with the ever entertaining Stars on Strings. A fantastic specialty act, always greatly received by our guests. Master marionette artists John Chisholm and Josef Probst not only create personalities for each of their individual puppets, but also create the puppet themselves. Following on from main show time, up in the Drawing Room our resident Saga Orchestra was in the spotlight this evening, and really finished the night off nicely with a selection of popular classics from well-known artists such as Glenn Miller.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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