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15th September, 2018

After our day at sea we entered Byfyorden at 0600 for our run into Stavanger. It was a little windy outside but as soon as we entered the fjord the wind started to ease. By the time we reached the main harbour it was what I like to refer to as “healthy” - a little chill in the air to keep you on your toes!! After swinging through 360’ in the inner harbour we “backed” down to our berth and were all fast alongside by 0730. We had the new cruise berth close to the old town which was fabulous for our guests to go ashore.

Stavanger has always prospered from the riches of the sea. During the 19th century huge harvests of brisling and herring established it as the sardine capital of the world. A resident is still called a Siddis – the S from Stavanger and the Iddis which means “sardine label”. The city’s symbol is the key of a sardine can. While other towns in Norway have suffered with the decline of the fishing industry, Stavanger has kept its economy booming by diversifying, first into shipbuilding and then into oil. These contrasting industries have created a city of two halves – a modern area of high-rise buildings and a historic centre with cobbled streets and old wooden houses.

With lots of choice from our shore excursions including “Stavanger & Countryside”, “Stavanger City and Surroundings”, Lysefjord Boat Trip and a Helicopter Flightseeing tour over Pulpit Rock, there certainly was something for everyone. I headed out around 1500 for a 45-minute burst on my mountain bike. It was a busy morning with a long emergency drill set by an outside agency, so I was keen to get some fresh Norwegian air into my lungs!

With everyone on board by 1700 we slipped our lines shortly thereafter and our Staff Captain Dennis then headed back out through the fjords. The pilot was away at 1900 and we set course for Kristiansand.

Captain Julian Burgess

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