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Published: July 28th 2019
Cruise day 13 & 14
Trollfjord, sunshine, time lapse and sea 27th-28th July 2019
The day began with the ship going into Trollfjord which is a stunning sight and we navigated slowly into it (no doubt with a pilot steering, not the so-called captain!). Apparently only Fred Olsen ships are allowed in there now and apparently even the glorious weather was courtesy of Fred too.
The fjord is a dead end so the ship had to turn with the help of two tenders circling to make sure the depth was okay. It was quite a manoeuvre in a comparatively small space. It gave us more time to take in the amazing views as we craned our necks to take in the cliffs soaring above us. Birds flew past for those that are that way inclined, a waterfall cascaded down to the sea and we marvelled at flowers and trees that were flourishing despite clinging to steep rocks.
There was still no darkness last night, it went darkER but nowhere near the night time we are used to. I’m not sure where we are in relation to the Arctic circle now let alone where we will be by
tonight so maybe we will have some dark later. It’s been a while!
After breakfast we set up on the sticky out bit of the ship, watching the world go by whilst reading and writing. The sun is out and thankfully it’s not as hot as it is back home....I’m still wearing a stupid hat and have sunscreen on though Mum!
We spent some time chatting to our friends and looking out to sea in the hope of seeing some wildlife but apart from a couple of distant whale blows it’s been pretty sparse viewing today. The land became very distant as we chugged down to Stavanger and photo opportunities dwindled to zero.
Dinner was taken with Andy and Mo and we had some fun making a time lapse video of the restaurant while we ate. This annoyed the guy on the next table who has been aggravating Andy and Mo each night so it was definitely worth it.
Cruise day 14
28th July 2019
All at sea again so let’s talk about Beating The Buffet. When attending an all you can eat buffet it is imperative that you get more food than the
cost of the buffet. Obvs. You should prioritise high value items and leave out the cheaper items available such as rice, lettuce, bread etc. These are all very well and good at other times but should NEVER be consumed when they are costing about £20 an ounce.
So, on a cruise, all the food is included so you start off using the correct etiquette as detailed above. And then you’re stuffed....and you have days and days to go.... What now?? To be honest, I’m not sure. I like the expensive items and the low value items just as much but obviously I don’t have the high value items as often. Smoked salmon, octopus and red snapper don’t feature in the meals I cook at home as much as rice, tomatoes and red onions strangely enough. I’m sorry I don’t have a definitive answer nee guideline for you as I usually do. I shall trust you (just this once) to make the correct decision yourselves. Good luck.
Further guidleines for shore based buffet etiquette are available from Howard in the TV series Fresh Meat.
Two days in one as we have been at sea, land has been distant
today and wildlife sightings have been just a few birds. We’ve finally used the pool and the hot tub and spent a lot of time socialising, reading and stuff.
We passed on attending the last formal night of the cruise and meeting the captain. The whole pomp of the thing makes me very unconfortable before I even put on a tie. Maybe a bow tie is more comfortable but I’m one of the 0.5% aboard and 99.99% worldwide who don’t own one.
There was still no real darkness last night...maybe tonight will be the night...
It’s our last stop tomorrow as we visit Stavanger, one of, if not the, most expensive places in the world. I have about £13 in Krona....let’s see what I can get!
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