Thursday, 29 June 2017
29.06.2017 - 29.06.2017
The waters were dead calm as we sailed up the fjord into the cruise terminal. On the way in we passed under two bridges and saw the many inlets on either side. There was just enough sunlight to make most features stand out. We noticed another Princess in port and later discovered it was the Crown Princess. By the time we docked there were two more ships being tied up. We were joined by Cunard's Queen Elisabeth and AIDA's Sol. Our little ship looks quite small compared to the other two.
We had a quick breakfast and walked into the town centre. Lots of colourful buildings and a great variety of vessels to keep the camera busy. By about 09:00 we started to walk back and were thankful we'd left early as there was a tide of people from the three ships walking into the town. The local traffic must just LOVE the additional wandering pedestrians.
Arrived back at the ship in time for a quick bite in the deck 9 Buffet and an adjustment to our gear before heading off on our Shore Excursion at 12:00. Our meeting place is on the pier.
After a bit of confusion we found our tour guide and boarded the coach. It was a short drive to the base of the Mt Floyen Funicular for a ride to the summit. The views from here were breathtaking and the whole of the city was spread out beneath us. There was ample time to wander around and the mandatory gift shop certainly benefited from that free time. Not that we were the only people there but we did add our bit.
Down from the mountain and back on the coach for a long drive around many areas of the city. There are seven mountains that surround the city centre creating many spectacular views and some interesting winding roads. The coach stopped where possible, allowing for photo opportunities.
Throughout the tour our guide emphasised just how lucky we were to have a fine day. Bergen is reputed to have over 270 rainy days each year. We returned to the ship at 15:15 with an 'all aboard' time of 15:30. We may well have been the last tour to return. We sailed out shortly after.
On our way out to sea we sailed past some strange structures which I suspect were oil rigs.
Visited the Buffet for dinner where we enjoyed the view of the passing coastline and also tucked into the different vegetable options available. Another hot chocolate from the bar and life looks good. My Fitbit has recorded over 11,000 steps for today. Showtime tonight kicked off at 19:45. Tony Daro entertained us for 45 minutes with a string of wisecracks, jokes and one-liners. One of the better comedians we've had on board.
Looks like I've blown almost 100 minutes of Internet time and can't imagine how it happened. Will have to budget the remainder and hope to see out the remainder of the cruise.
Today sunrise was 04:14 and sunset will be 23:09. Tonight we sail for Trondheim where we expect to arrive about 12:00.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony