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19 June 2018: Geiranger, Norway.

19 June 2018: Geiranger, Norway.

Geiranger is tucked away deep inland at the very end of a fjord with steep cliffs at either side. That makes it very scenic and at times also very un-pleasant as the steep cliffs of the fjord can cause a funnel wind, reaching up to hurricane force, which makes staying there impossible. Then there are…   read more of “19 June 2018:…”

18 June 2018; Alesund, Norway.

18 June 2018; Alesund, Norway.

Alesund is a sort of perfect smaller port for cruise ships. It is sheltered and not too deep inland. It takes hours to get to Oslo and to Geiranger (where we are tomorrow) but Alesund is nicely hidden behind a mountain range and it takes less than an hour from the pilot station to the…   read more of “18 June 2018;…”

17 June 2018; At Sea.

17 June 2018; At Sea.

Today we are en route from Amsterdam to Alesund in Norway where we are scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning just before 08.00 hrs. Apart from a slight swell running we are having a real sunny day so all is well in the world. Today we followed an almost straight course north as Amsterdam is sort…   read more of “17 June 2018; At…”

15 June 2018: At Sea.

15 June 2018: At Sea.

Today is the last day of the cruise and we are retracing our steps down to Amsterdam. We left Copenhagen yesterday just after 17.00 hrs. and then sailed up between the Danish and Swedish Coast to the Kattegat, the section of North Sea Water which has a different name here. At 18.20 we pasted Hamlets…   read more of “15 June 2018: At…”

14 June 2018; Copenhagen, Denmark.

14 June 2018; Copenhagen, Denmark.

For the light sleepers on board, or persons like me who are trained to catch changes in the ships rhythm, (as that normally means trouble) they would have woken up this morning at 05.00 hrs. when the ms Prinsendam started to vibrate a little bit. An expected vibration as the ship entered Drogden Channel. This…   read more of “14 June 2018;…”

12 June 2018: Stockholm, Sweden.

12 June 2018: Stockholm, Sweden.

As mentioned yesterday the approach to Stockholm is not unlike the approach and departure from Turku. Lots of scenic locations with small and large colorful holiday homes perched (some precariously) on rocks and islands. The only difference is that with Stockholm we come in from the north and we will exit via the south side….   read more of “12 June 2018:…”