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5th September, 2016

Following a relaxing overnight passage along the Norwegian coast, we arrived into our next port of call this cruise - Stavanger. Calm conditions allowed me to pirouette Saga Sapphire 180 degrees off the berth and dock in the heart of the city without spilling anyone’s morning coffee. Our luck continued as the weather remained sunny and warm.

Our most popular tour today, called mysteriously ‘A Slice of Paradise’, took our guests through the Norwegian landscape of mountains, valleys, and farmland. The drive continued until they reached a small settlement called Lauvik. Opposite the entrance to the magnificent Lysefjord, they stopped at a delightful and idyllic little hideaway called 'Bakernes Paradis' –the Baker's Paradise. Originally a poor smallholding, settled around the year 1800, this farm was taken over by the Bakers' Union in the 1920s and became their holiday place - hence the name! The old houses have been carefully restored and this beautiful place now has a caféand a small gift shop. There was even a chance to borrow a fishing rod and fish from the pier.

The extreme visibility today made all sightseeing tours a great success, especially ‘Lysefjord Boat Trip’. It took our guest to one of southwest Norway’s most popular tourist attraction –Pulpit Rock. On a day like this, it showed the magnificent beauty of the area and breath-taking views of the region.

Sadly we had to say good-bye to Stavanger as we slipped the lines and sail out the harbour towards our next port –Kristiansand.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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