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Haugesund in Brilliant Sunshine

Thursday, 13 July 2017


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The outlook for our day in port was somewhat depressing with dark clouds crowding the sky to the horizon. This will be our last port before disembarking in Dover on Saturday. We're not due to arrive until just before noon today and with time on our hands we visited the Future Cruises Consultant and paid for two more deposits. We also discussed the pros and cons of booking multiple segments with or without the option of an upgrade. It all gets a bit complicated and not always logical or financially beneficial.

We slipped into the port which is located on a bay or sound just in from the sea. It was unusual to have relatively flat country around us rather than mountains and steep cliffs. The pier was welcoming and for a change we're the only cruise ship in town. The community has provided a free shuttle bus into the heart of the town. Equally welcoming was the bright sunshine and just a mild breeze. The free shuttle is a strong incentive for passengers to visit the town and spend some money. There's little profit for local stores from ship organised shore excursions, passengers are bundled onto the bus and have little opportunity to spend. Those passengers that are left are most likely to spend in town if they don't have to pay to get there.

The town is easy to walk around with the main street being a pedestrian mall for a good many blocks. From the dominant landmark of the "Our Saviour's Church" we walked down to the tourist Information centre then wandered Northward through the tidy and almost deserted suburb of well maintained houses. Back to main street where the many visitors and locals enjoyed their coffee in the sun. We were both a little footsore and headed back to the shuttle pick-up point. Called into a supermarket for some ice-creams which cost just 46 krone including tax. Our only currency the Euro was not accepted so we charged it to the Visa card. By my reckoning that's just over AU$ 3.00. Just as well the plastic is widely accepted.
A quick ride back to the ship where we slipped out of our boots and into comfortable slippers. With little else to do I've caught up with this story, checked my emails and started the review of paperwork, what to keep, what to toss.

Dinner in the buffet and picked up another hot chocolate on the way back to the cabin. Tonight's entertainment is "Max Francis" a comic magician highly acclaimed in the UK who blends comedy, magic and mentalism with audience participation. If he'd delivered even a small percentage of any one of those attributes he'd have received some enthusiastic applause. Didn't cost anything and got us out of the cabin for a while. Disappointing.

We are heading out to sea for our last leg to the Port of Dover arriving there on Saturday morning.

Today's temperatures were a high of 17 °C and a low of 11 °C with clear sky and bright sun in the afternoon. As we sail southward we are experiencing increasing periods of darkness overnight.

Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 12:07 Archived in Norway

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