|13/06/2011||Ålesund, Møre og Romsdal||City & Surroundings||Viewpoint, Outdoor museum & Folk dancing|
|15/06/2011||Tromsø, Troms||Arctic City Tour||Museum & Cathedral|
|16/06/2011||Honningsvåg, Finnmark||North Cape Transfer||Foggy|
|17/06/2011||Alta, Finnmark||City Tour||Museum & Sami camp|
|18/06/2011||Narvik, Nordland||Skommen Panoramic||Fjord tour & Golf club|
|20/06/2011||Olden, Sogn og Fjordane||Geiranger & Hellesylt||Peak, Museum, Lunch & Ferry|
|21/06/2011||Bergen, Hordaland||Hardangerfjord||Farm, Lunch & Waterfall|
|22/06/2011||Stavanger, Rogaland||Panoramic||Sword monument & Church|
|24/06/2011||Southampton, Hampshire||Home at 10:15 am|
Just to let you know that I have just got back from my cruise
to the North Cape of Norway on the lovely Balmoral as a port lecturer
with my brother David.
I gave six lectures: "Welcome to Norway!" at the start and "The Story of the North Sea" at the end
together with four port enchancement lectures in between.
In Ålesund I got to see the Sunnmøre open air museum complete with folk dancing display. The entry and return through the narrow Trollfjord was made more dramatic by being followed in by the Hurtigruten coastal steamer. Our Captain claimed that this was the first time that two ships had been in the Trollfjord at the same time!
In Tromsø I saw the Arctic Cathedral & the University Museum again. The weather was excellent except at the North Cape where I did the guided transfer and at Geiranger where it was foggy and drizzly. We saw the midnight sun on four nights in total.
Meeting some Sami people (you mustn't call them Lapps) was fascinating again. The prehistoric rock carvings in Alta were again very impressive. The bears may be indicators of re-incarnation and bear in Norwegian is Bjorn. So "Bjorn Again" the ABBA tribute band has additional significance!
In Narvik I did the new Skommen fjord tour in glorious sunshine and in Olden the all day tour to Geiranger and Hellesylt. Unfortuantely the ascent of Dalsnibba was entirely in cloud and the ferry ride from Geiranger to Hellesylt was in drizzle. I also did the all day tour to the Hardangerfjord from Bergen and the panoramic tour outside Stavanger.
The Cruise Director wrote: "Martin gave 6 talks this cruise covering our ports of call, a 'Welcome to Norway' and also on the North Sea. Each of these talks was well attended and presented well by Martin. He takes this role very conscientiously and so these talks have been well thought out and prepared and he then delivers these in an interesting and fluent way. A good speaker, this cruise these enhancement talks were a good addition to the cruise, to give more information on the actual places we were visiting which was of great interest to our guests."
10:00 - 10:45 Nautical Lecture by Captain Bray. 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch in the Marquee Bar. 13:00 - 14:30 Siesta 15:00 - 15:45 One of my lectures in the Neptune Lounge 16:30 - 17:00 Swimming
06:30 - 07:15 Dinner in the Palms Café. 07:30 - 08:30 Pre-show dancing in the Neptune Lounge. 08:45 - 09:30 Showtime. 09:30 - 10:30 Post-show dancing in the Neptune Lounge. 10:45 - 11:30 Cabaret in the Lido Lounge.