Posted by: travelrat | March 31, 2013

Back from Norway

The Norwegian language is merely German spoken underwater' ( Jed Larson) ... and yes, it really does mean 'Tourists Crossing'

The Norwegian language is merely German spoken underwater’ ( Jed Larson) … and yes, it really does mean ‘Tourists Crossing’

‘I don’t like Norwegians at all. The sun never sets, the bar never opens and the whole country smells of kippers’ (Evelyn Waugh)

I’m back from the ‘Northern Lights’ cruise, and ready to start blogging again, and I’m happy to report that Mr. Waugh had it completely wrong. We saw/did all that we set out to do, except visit Stavanger, with the associated cruise down the fjord to see the majestic Preikstolen (Pulpit Rock). We had to miss that out, because we were delayed by adverse weather in the Pentland Firth.

Discovery 1

We found the ship fairly warm and comfortable; we had a few issues, but these were soon dealt with, although, from some of the onboard rumours we heard, not everyone found it so. Someone said the ship wasn’t ‘suitable for purpose’, and, to some small extent, that’s true. Like most other cruise ships, Discovery was designed for cruising in warmer climes, so it could get a little bleak in the upper deck ‘Lido’ buffet.

I’m sure the technology exists to design a ship more suitable for winter cruising … but would this happen enough to make it cost-effective?

Some Norwegians we met along the way!

Some Norwegians we met along the way!

 

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