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23rd May, 2018

Sognesfjord Cruising

After a 2 day turnaround in Dover we headed out on an 8 day “Scenic Springtime Fjords” cruise. The North Sea was once again incredibly calm as we weaved our way through the myriad of gas rigs en route for a day’s cruising in Sognesfjord. We had our usual welcome cocktail party which is always a grand affair, and my chance to greet our new and returning guests.

We embarked our 2 Norwegian pilots at the entrance to Sognesfjord, the longest in Norway and one of the deepest with a maximum depth of 1,308 metres. The seabed in Sognesfjord is covered by some 200 metres of thick sediment and is up to 6km wide. We then cruised approx 70 miles into the fjord with the most spectacular weather. After “brain-storming” with the 2 pilots, and using their local knowledge, they suggested we head up a narrow “tributary” called Fjaerslandfjorden where there would be spectacular views and we could swing the ship off the village of Bratthakken.

Guess what, we took their advice and it was magnificent. It was a chance for Emmeline our Chief Officer to “have a play” with manouevring the ship at the head of the fjord, initially swinging 90’ to port so the stb’d side balconies could see right up into the valley and view the glacier. Once our guests had “sucked” it all in we swung to stb’d to give the guests on our portside balconies an equal opportunity to savour this wonderful landscape. There was a wonderful view of Boyabreen, which is part of Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe. The timing at 1800 hrs was perfect as it meant our Guests could take this in before dinner and perhaps take a G&T out on deck with them – hmmm, sounds rather lovely!!

On completion of Emmeline’s “little play” we retraced our tracks and eventually cleared Sognesfjord at 2300 - it was still daylight!! Shortly after clearing the Fjord the Bridge Team spotted a small pod of Orca – the perfect ending to a very special day.

Captain Julian Burgess

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