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Oslo

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24th April, 2017

After a rather wet morning at sea - best suited to indulging in ship's activities - we embarked our Norwegian pilot at 1330. We then had a very scenic 54 mile run up through Olsofjorden, with some very narrow sections and the occasional reduction in speed as we passed various yacht harbours.

Around 1600 we passed the spot where the German warship Blucher sunk in April 1940 during the “Nazi Invasion of Norway”. You can still see the 28cm coastal guns which caused the initial fire damage before 2 shore based torpedoes finished things off. On a very calm day you can see the oil bubbles rising to the surface.

It was a windy arrival through the fjord, but fortunately just as the pilot advised the berth was well sheltered and we eased gently alongside for our evening 6 o’clock arrival. The ship was quickly cleared and everyone free to proceed ashore.

Oslo is the capital and most populous city in Norway and a hub of Norwegian trade, banking and shipping. A survey from 2011 placed Oslo as the 2nd most expensive city in the world for living expenses after Tokyo, whereas by 2013 it tied with the Australian city of Melbourne as the 4th most expensive city in the world. Oslo is very compact with few high rise buildings and, like the rest of Norway, very clean and prosperous. Home to some 50 museums it is full of galleries, cafes, a sculpture park and the Royal Palace so a great place to browse if proceeding ashore independently.

With a 24 hour stay there was a lovely calm around the ship and for a change I enjoyed the thought of going to bed and waking up in the same place. Tonight I am hosting a private Diamond Dinner for 8 –one of the exclusive benefits of our Guests upon reaching the Diamond Tier (1000+ nights) with our Britannia Club.

Captain Julian Burgess

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