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Great alvaraalto 2018-09-28 13:58

Hello John
Good to see that, with this wonderful series of photos from Norway, you have returned to Trekearth. We can use some reinforcement, to exchange our photos.
A cruise along the Norwegian fjords is still on our bucket list.
This was on the Hurtigruten or on one of the new modern cruise ships?
Excellent work
Have a good weekend, groet Rob

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Old 09-29-2018, 10:19 AM
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Hello Rob,

Thank you for your kind remarks about this one.

No, not the Hurtigruten. I have for some time wanted to travel on the Hurtigruten but this cruise was, in fact, a present from my wife (who also came!) to celebrate (or, perhaps, to commiserate!) my 70th birthday earlier this year. We travelled with Fred. Olsen aboard the ship Black Watch. The cruise lasted eight days and we sailed from (and returned to) Liverpool.

We sailed between the islands off the west coast of Scotland and our first port of call was Olden. Next port was Flam, then Bergen and, finally, Lerwick in the Shetland Isles. This was only the second cruise which I had been on, the first one having been a much less luxurious one in 1964 organised by our school. I should certainly recommend Fred. Olsen: the crew were most attentive, the catering was wonderful and the atmosphere very relaxed. I despise "organised fun" and, thankfully, there was none of that and we were able very much to "do our own thing" as we pleased.

We found it a little difficult to decide which, if any, trips we should arrange, particularly as many of the trips seemed to cater for those who might have mobility issues. We, thankfully, are reasonably fit and so, for instance, preferred the walking trip to see the Briksdal glacier rather than a longer bus trip elsewhere. Similarly, we found eating in the main dining room very pleasant - the food was of high quality and the portions quite small and that suited us: however, there was no shortage of hungrier travellers and they could stock up in self-service restaurants with unlimited amounts of burgers and chips.

Kind Regards,

John.
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