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29th June, 2016

Bergen is our final port of call on our ‘Fabulous Fjords’cruise. The ‘docking shower’made me somewhat wet as I was getting the vessel alongside. After all Bergen is known as the Rain Capital of Europe. With over 300 days of rain a year, today it lived up to its name! Luckily only in the morning. This afternoon showed that Bergen can be really nice and welcoming place with rays of sun highlighting the old houses of Bryggen.

It was a very busy day for the port as well. Another cruise ship caught my eye –FTI Berlin. Once owned by Saga under the name of Spirit of Adventure. Some of our guests had the pleasure to sail on her. She has also a special place in my heart as she was my first command. Together we visited lovely places around the Far East –Borneo, Vietnam and India to name few.

This morning tours started with ‘A Taste of Hardanger’ - a sightseeing tour around beautiful region, cutting through a variety of landscapes and passing through quaint market towns along the way to Nordheimsund. Hardanger is renowned as a prime fruit-growing region and is especially prized for its apples which have been growing in this region since the 14th Century. The ‘Bergen City Panoramic’tour allowed passengers to see Bergen from the comfort of a coach. They drove through Sandviken or ‘Sandy Bay’where they could see examples of the charming white wooden buildings built in traditional Bergen style. Passengers also passed the beautiful St Mary’s Church which is the oldest building in Bergen and one of the few Romanesque buildings in Norway. Passengers then took a funicular ride to a height of 1,000ft up Mt Fløyen for a bird’s eye view of the city below. Another easy and relaxing trip was the “Vossbanen Steam Railway”travelling a distance of approximately 12 miles to the terminus at Garnes on part of the Old Bergen to Oslo main line through the suburban areas of Bergen. On other hand “Hike to Ovre-Eide Farm”was the strenuous tour for more active guests. A six mile hike passing lakes, wild rivers and breath taking views before arriving Ovre-Eide Farm to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and homemade biscuits. The most popular however was a guided tour to the fascinating home of Bergen’s world-renowned composer Edvard Greig that included a visit to his villa. The guests could visit the tombs of Edvard and his wife Nina that overlook pretty Nords Lake, before heading back to the ship.

The evening was our final formal night of the cruise and I had the chance to meet our guests at the Farewell Party. It makes me very proud as Master to hear all of the wonderful things our guests have to say about what a fabulous cruise they have had, what excellent service they have experienced and the dedication of all the staff on board.

There was a full evening of entertainment to be enjoyed and it started with another special performance from the fantastic Pasadena Roof Orchestra followed by Irish Ceilidh with vocalist Ben Carpenter. The guests then made their way to bed, everybody looking forward to a nice relaxing day at sea after some very busy, but thoroughly enjoyable days, in Norway.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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