Wednesday, 12 July 2017
12.07.2017 - 12.07.2017
Discovered another advantage of a balcony stateroom, you can get up in the middle of the night and without bothering to dress you can step out and capture a sunset. I was lucky that it was mild out as I was out there for about 15 minutes. Well worth the bit of chill.
Got up this morning to find the ship sailing up a fjord between massive mountains, numerous waterfalls and in company with two other liners. There was the Costa Pacifica we've met before and a little ship the "Saga Saphire". There were also some local ferries as we made a brief stop in Hellesylt to drop off some passengers for an overland excursion. Back out the way we came and into another fjord where we meet yet another ship the "Holland America Line's" Rotterdam.
By 11:00 we've arrived at Geiranger at the head of the Fjord. The Costa ship is tied up to two permanent buoys, we will be riding at anchor close to the edge of the fjord. While we prepare to tender ashore the ship is subjected to an annual process, the magnetic compass needs to be recalibrated. A specialist operator and some piece of kit will adjust the compass as the ship spins and points to the four cardinal points.
Before long there are craft of all types on the water. Tenders form the Costa Pacifica, the Rotterdam and the Island Princess mix it with local ferries and sightseeing vessels. We are directed to Deck 3 where we board the tender and although there are only a dozen of us we head for the pier. The first thing you strike is a souvenir and clothing shop, it is two stories high and has an escalator. Before long you can't move in there as large crowds come inside out of the rain.
We deploy the rain jackets and set out to explore. All through the carparks and foreshore area there are motor-homes of all descriptions mixed with tour-buses from many European countries. One of the features of the town we'd observed from the ship was a massive waterfall or cascade discharging huge volumes of water. We set out to take a closer look and found ourselves climbing a set of steel steps alongside that raging torrent. I thought we'd go part of the way up but Jenny was determined to reach the top. It was an exhausting climb and the spray and drizzly rain made it extra challenging.
We made it to the top and decided to follow the road down. That turned out a bit tricky too as there was no shoulder on the cars and buses needed all of the narrow road. Eventually we scrambled down after visiting a quaint octagonal wooden church on the way. Down at the tender pier we expected a long queue and were surprised to be ushered aboard and taken back to the ship as almost sole passengers.
We stripped off our wet jackets and made our way to the buffet. just as the lunch service ended. Some of the dishes were being removed but there was plenty of food still available. There was plenty of seating choices as there were only a few passengers. After lunch we rested our weary bones and I started this entry. There are also 189 images to be examined, Jenny got her camera out as well and contributed a fair number.
The last tender was being hoisted aboard we headed up to the buffet for dinner. The crowd was bigger than usual and I suspect many of the early seating guests had just returned aboard. We are not attending the production show tonight so I can finish this off. I won't be able to post it as the mountains on either side block out the satellite signal.
Tomorrow we dock at Haugesund, Norway, our last port before we head back to Dover.
Today's temperatures were a high of 14 °C and a low of 11 °C with overcast sky and light rain. 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