Cruise RU354 on the Saga Ruby to the North Cape of Norway

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

Date: Port: Arms: Tour escort: Comment:
15/06/2010 Dover, Kent via Dulwich, Bromley, Orpington & Ashford
17/06/2010 Stavanger, Rogaland Ebb & Flow(ers) Garden Beautiful!
19/06/2010 Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag Wet!
21/06/2010 Svolvær, Nordland Lectured on "Welcome to Norway!"
22/06/2010 Hammerfest, Finnmark Finnmark Panoramic Sami huts
23/06/2010 Honningsvåg, Finnmark Wet!
24/06/2010 Tromsø, Troms Interesting city
26/06/2010 Geiranger, Møre og Romsdal Fjord centre Spectacular views!
27/06/2010 Bergen, Hordaland Glorious day!
28/06/2010 Eidfjord, Hordaland Lovely morning!
30/06/2010 Dover, Kent Off the ship at 8:15 am

Alan Tilbee and me

Alan Tilbee and me

Saga Ruby

Saga Ruby

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 Saga Ruby. She has just been re-registered at Valetta in Malta thus joining her sister ship Spirit of Adventure. When the wind got up we had to leave Svolvær on the Lofoten Islands at lunch time. A new afternoon programme was printed and I got my chance to give my "Welcome to Norway!" lecture. The Cruise Director wrote "Thank you for your excellent lecture this afternoon - much appreciated". He also gave me a present of a bottle of red wine. This was my first time lecturing on a cruise ship and it was very well received. Two of the professional lecturers congratulated me on my effort. The Assistant Cruise Director wrote: "keep up the good work - the Cruise Line industry needs more lecturers of your calibre". Meeting some Sami people (you mustn't call them Lapps) was fascinating. Half a day in Tromsø was not long enough!

Good points were:

  1. Triple aspect, forward facing observation lounge with circular dance floor.
  2. Excellent programme of up to 3 lectures per sea day.
  3. Hosting a table in the main dining room.
  4. Good sized rectangular dance floor.
  5. Outside twin cabin with porthole.
  6. In bed by midnight every night!
  7. All round teak promenade deck.
  8. Free fruit and water in cabin.
  9. Triple height oval staircase.
  10. Efficient cabin steward.
  11. Free launderette.

Usual sea day programme:

09:00 - 09:45 Line dance class in the Ballroom.
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch in the Lido.
14:00 - 15:00 Ballroom / Latin American dance class in the Ballroom.

Usual evening programme:

06:30 - 07:15 Pre-dinner dancing in the Britannia Lounge.
07:15 - 09:00 Dinner in the main dining room.
09:00 - 09:45 Pre-show dancing in the Ballroom.
10:00 - 10:45 Showtime.
10:45 - 11:30 Post-show dancing in the Ballroom.

For the record ...