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14th September, 2015


With a bright start to the day we arrived in good spirits this morning, hopeful that we may be some of the more fortunate who discover Bergen on a not so rainy day. Bergen is renowned for its plentiful supply of rain, and has actually been nicknamed the City of Rain. Using the weather conditions as a claim to fame over the years Bergen has seen an increase in the number of tourists visiting the city. At the time I remember umbrella vending machines being scattered around, however this didn’t prove to be so successful, but something we as tourists found most amusing.

The waterside city of Bergen really does have a spectacular setting, and with a variety of excursions available today many of our guests were really able to enjoy the many sides of Bergen. Being known round the world for its charm and atmosphere, it was founded originally as a fishing village in 1070. ‘Bergen City Panoramic’ was one of our most popular excursions today, which allowed our guests to view the city from the comfort of a coach. ‘Iconic Norway’ was today’s full day tour, which took everyone first to Voss. This is a popular winter resort set beside a peaceful lake from where they boarded a train which took them on what is said to be one of Europe’s most impressive rail journey’s, travelling through valleys, past rivers and under mountains. This excursion took our guests onto Flam, another popular holiday destination. I believe this to be quite an adventurous tour, but one which is definitely worth doing, and one which I will attempt next time we visit Bergen.

Departing this afternoon was ‘Images of Grieg’, and also ‘a Taste of Hardanger’. Those who wandered ashore independently were able to see the fish markets and the quaint narrow cobbled streets, lined with beautiful little wooden houses. ‘All You Need is Love’ was tonight’s main show time in the Britannia lounge with the resident Explosive Productions Cast. With union jack flags on all the tables this evening, this of course meant all the audience could join in with this fun light hearted show, a tribute to the Beatles. Up in the Drawing Room the fabulously flamboyant Perry Grant had everyone in fits of laughter as usual, as he entertained at the piano. Perry has only been with us a short time but has certainly made a huge impression with our guests. A born entertainer!!

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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