Am posting a few days early to frame (or Set the Table as my good Regent cruise critic friend Mr. Rumer says (from his near four decades ago cruise ship journalism days)this Silver Wind Norway adventure in SS cruise critic minds now versus once we start reporting while on board.
This Silver Wind itinerary is nearly the same as Silver's Spectre's Norwegian Wind thread a few weeks back, however we will visit Haugesund Norway (our first of 12 Norwegian ports) during the 17 day itinerary.
Silversea has titled this voyage a Northern Europe and British Isles cruise (tho we are only docking in Norwegian ports except our London embark/disembark ports (London Tower Bridge). So, we head first to Southern Norway; Haugesund, Flam (we will enjoy the Flam railway excursion)and Alesund. Pls enjoy a few pix that I took from the Norway coffee table book gifted to us by our Oslo friends back in 2004 when we visited them in the February and saw snow, snow, and more Norwegian snow)
The wind then sails for Northern Norway, "Artic Nights and Midday Sun." Our Northern Norway (northern Norway is known for the stunning Geiranger, Hardanger and Sogn fjords that give this part of Norway landscape it's unique character) ports; we (hopefully--weather permitting) will cruise the Trollfjorden), then head to, Svolvaer (Lofoton Islands), Tromso, Honningsvad ( Northcape), then we go cruise further north to Bodo (Paris of the North and home of the largest Sami community in the World), and Trondheim.
In Tromso we are taking the Silver Wind's active excursions for this port; Walk with Huskies (Ida), Ocean Kayaking (wes)
In Svolvaer we have a Rapid Inflatable boat safari (privately booked) to view to Lofoton islands. Pix of Lofoton islands below and taken from our Norway coffee table book:
The Last third of our Norway Silver Wind voyage has us cruising to Western Norway; Molde, we cruise the Nordfjord, then dock in Olden before sailing on to Bergen (renown as the "tidiest city in Europe." Capital of the Western Fjords and home of famed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg) and Stavanger. A couple of snaps taken from our Norway book showing Bergen and the funicular ride up one of the Bergen's city mountains:
Fortunately am in contact the current Silver Wind Hotel Director (HD) (Daniel Ilias). Our plan like we have done in previous Silversea cruises is to profile some Silver Wind crew members who work behind the scenes (generally below pax decks) that indirectly contribute significantly to our Silversea cruise experience.
Aspire to profile members of the Silverwind laundry team, galley team, and provisions team.
HD Daniel was very gracious a month ago when I asked if he had time to recommend any must do Norway excursion from Silver Spectre's June Norwegian Wind voyage. Daniel let us know the Flam Railway and lunch was a must do and then linked me up with Clive (Wind Shore Excursion Manager) who sent me very detailed excursion spreadsheet with his top recommendations. Clive lived in Norway for years and worked the Lillehammer Olympics.
Thanks to Clive we changed at least a half dozen excursions to the excursions he recommended. Alas, in Haugesund the home and garden visit (first time offered by SS) he strongly recommended was sold out and not available for WL.
Ida and I are taking Silversea air for the first time in near a dozen cruises from ATL to London (Virgin Atlantic), London to Atlanta (Delta). Both nonstop and are part of the special BC deal SS offers for this voyage. Will report on how we enjoy (or not) Silversea air for our Norway Silver Wind journey.
Alas, we did not meet our minimum for a cc meet & mingle. However, we're hopeful we will meet a few cruise critics on board.
Ida and I can't wait to board the Silver Wind Friday , just seven months after we disembarked last December.
We look forward to sharing our Silversea Silver Wind Norway voyage with y'all.
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