Sunday 17 July - 18 July 2016
17.07.2016 - 18.07.2016 21 °C
After a leisurely breakfast, we took a maxi taxi to the cruise terminal with Doug and Cherryl and Doug’s brother David and his wife. Cherryl was adamant that we get there early and sure enough, we had boarded the ship by midday. We were lucky as our room L204 on Lido deck was ready for us. It’s a mini suite with a king sized bed, lounge, two TVs and a balcony – very nice.
Lunch was available so we ate and met up with some others in the group. We took the opportunity in the afternoon, while sitting at the dock, to watch a movie, Everest. It’s so good to have nothing to do but relax.
The ship set sail at 6pm to a loud sound of horns with a band playing some great music. It was quite cold on deck but it was worth the effort to bid Copenhagen farewell. Dinner was nothing to write home about as we ate in the general dining room.
Ross and I thought we would watch a movie but I fell asleep so that was the end of that. During the night, there was some movement in the ship. Around midnight, I got up to check out the ocean. It looked pretty calm but I could still feel the vibrations of the ship as it surged forward.
Sunrise was around 5am and at that point, we had left the open stretch of sea and had entered the channel with our first glimpse of Norway on our side of the ship. The sky had a tinge of pink through the clouds, quite beautiful against the blue calm of the ocean. Ross and I took a walk to get a cup of tea and a pastry at around 7am. I think we need to organise some room service!!
Doug and Cherryl met us for breakfast and we dined in the Concerto Restaurant. Breakfast was nothing out of the ordinary but filled the gaps. During the next hour, the ship arrived in Oslo, a very pretty sight indeed. As we approached the quay, the Holmenkollen ski jump could be seen in the distance. We set off by foot once the announcement was made to disembark.
The waterfront of the city is lined with high masted yachts, some made of timber, and various sea-going vessels. The gardens were in full bloom and statues were at the ready for photos. The city hall, Radhuset, was the first major building encountered on our wander. Next on the list was the National Theatre. Further on, we climbed a gentle slope to Slottet, The Royal Palace, a rather plain building. However, it dates back to early last century so it is well maintained. We witnessed the changing of the guard, young men with baby faces entrusted with automatic rifles. It was worth the wander around the beautifully manicured gardens – the size and colour of the begonias to be appreciated. It was an easy walk down to the main street and mall, Johans Gate, so as to find Domkirken, an impressive church. By this time, lunch was calling so we made our way back to the ship for a bistro lunch.
Following our afternoon siesta, Ross and I headed out to explore Akershus Fortress and Castle, a structure that lies beside where the ship was moored. Along the way there were many statues, but the interesting ones being called “Silent Howlers”. Oslo is proud of its opera house so we thought we had better take a look. We didn’t bother going all the way over to it. The design allows people to walk from the bottom to the top of the structure. It was a leisurely wander back through the city streets to the ship.
After meeting up with the group and having a few drinks, we had dinner and called it a night. While watching a movie the ship set sail for Germany.