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25th June, 2016


After quick turnaround in Dover we set sail on our Fabulous Fjords cruise to Norway. This time among our passengers, we have 222 Britannia Club members and 212 passengers who are new to Saga. What a good combination to guarantee a trip full of enthusiasm and excitement. My team for this cruise is: Staff Captain Konstantyn Doroshenko, Chief Engineer Steve Hare and Hotel Director Julian Neagu.

The passage through the North Sea was smooth with almost no wind and flat calm seas. This was very well received by those that sailed for the first time ever, as the fear of the Mal de Mer (seasickness) was initially one of their topics of conversation. There was a price to pay though, as we encountered fog and that required extra vigilance on my team’s part.

Still, we made an excellent progress and early on Saturday morning we caught the first glimpse of the Norwegian coastline. Shortly after that the pilot was on board and took us safely into Stavanger Harbour. Soon our guests were allowed to step ashore either on their own or as a part of the organized excursions. Among others they could choose from ‘Flor and Fjaere Gardens’–a unique botanic garden, ‘Lysefjord Boat Trip’where they could see the Pulpit rock from the sea level or alternatively for those with a more adventurous soul a ‘Helicopter Flightseeing trip over Pulpit Rock’. There was also something for history fans –‘The Occupation of Stavanger’where they could learn about the life in Stavanger during the Second World War. Those venturing ashore independently could enjoy the sight of an historic old centre of cobbled streets and clapboard residential buildings, occasionally disturbed by the competition of beach volleyball that was taking place in Stavanger on that day. In the meantime those wishing to remain on board could perhaps enjoy some classical deck games with their fellow passengers.

And if all this was not enough, a special chocolate tea, together with a musical accompaniment from Tiffany String Quartet, kept everyone in good spirits.

This evening’s entertainment started with a Explosive Productions show followed by a great performance from charismatic ace pianist Chris Hamilton. Those with slightly different mind-set could watch a screening of the latest Star Wars episode –The Force Awakens - in the Academy.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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