Cruise L1107 on the Balmoral to the North Cape of Norway

(Please scroll down to see my photographs and read my report)

Date: Port: Arms: Tour escort: Comment:
10/06/2011 Southampton, Hampshire
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


Me and my brother David in the Midnight sun

Me and my brother David in the Midnight sun



He's behind you!

He's behind you!



Fjord

Fjord



Stavanger cathedral

Stavanger cathedral



Bergen old town

Bergen old town



Stavanger old town

Stavanger old town



Balmoral

Balmoral



Here's my report on the cruise:

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."

Good points were:

  1. Outside twin cabin with twin porthole in the new section of the ship.
  2. Excellent programme of up to 4 lectures per sea day.
  3. Triple aspect observation lounge.
  4. All round teak promenade deck.
  5. Warm pools & jacuzzis.

Usual sea day programme:

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

Usual evening programme:

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.

For the record ...