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1st March, 2016


Our call today was scheduled to be at the pretty Fjordland town of Aandalsnes, Mother Nature though had other ideas…… Initial forecasts looked good with only light winds predicted, however as we closed in on the end of the fjord the winds had increased significantly - up to a gale force 8 in fact and it became apparent, very quickly, that sadly we would have to cancel the call.

I did however have a cunning plan up my sleeve and after discussions with our local pilots and agents ashore we managed to set up a call to the town of Molde, 25 miles or so back out the fjord. Molde is a delightful town and one might suggest more ‘lively’ than Aandalsnes. Our berth was secured and we were duly all fast on it by 1030 that morning.

Our ever resourceful Shore Excursions Manager Chris had also (somehow!) been able to organise a tour for the afternoon and over 200 of our passengers partook of a trip to the ‘Atlantic Ocean Road’ This five mile stretch of bridges and embankments jumps from islet to islet across the boundless sea, passing an array of beautiful ocean scenery dotted with skerries and islets. For those independent passengers the town and all its amenities were right at the bottom of the gangway and all were appreciative of the work that had been put in to ensure the revised call was successful.

We slipped our lines shortly after 6pm and continue our journey yet further north, as a thank you to our Passengers for their understanding today I decided to add the bill for wine at dinner to my tab - the least I could do.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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