Silver Wind Northern Europe & British Isles (Norway) July 14-31

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#1
Atlanta
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We board the Silver Wind Friday at the London Tower Bridge for a Norway port intensive voyage.



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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Joined Dec 2009
Cannot wait to see/read your posts on Norway!! This is so high on my bucket list!! And you get to board at the Tower Bridge again!!

Safe travels to both you and Ida!!

Hope you have a fantastic time!!


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Albany, NY
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Have a great time, Wes! So much daylight. And beautiful scenery...

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#7
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have a great cruise! looking forward to reading about it.
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#10
Colorado
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Joined May 2011
Have an awesome voyage Wes & Ida. Norway will always have a soft spot in my family's heart.

I wanted to make sure you received my Norway excursion recos too. I've been non-stop busy since returning from Thailand and can't remember if I sent our favorites to you, or not.

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#11
United Kingdom
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Joined Jan 2016
This is certainly one of the "must do" cruises. Not just the London part (which Im biased about!) - but the complete itinerary.

Very envious.

Have a great cruise and really am looking forward to your reports.

Look out the starboard side just after you've sailed under the Dartford Crossing bridge (approx 2 hours after departure).... and you may see someone waving and taking some closer video footage with the drone. If I know where you'll be (though I expect that'll be dinner!).... I will try to get some nice aerial footage of you waving from a good vantage point. (La Terrazza balcony could be a good choice!)

Safe journey to you both...
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#12
Colorado
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Originally posted by les37b
Look out the starboard side just after you've sailed under the Dartford Crossing bridge (approx 2 hours after departure).... and you may see someone waving and taking some closer video footage with the drone. If I know where you'll be (though I expect that'll be dinner!).... I will try to get some nice aerial footage of you waving from a good vantage point. (La Terrazza balcony could be a good choice!)
That would be fantastic! Maybe they could perform one of their dances for you.
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United Kingdom
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Originally posted by Stumblefoot
That would be fantastic! Maybe they could perform one of their dances for you.
Haha... they'd have to clear the tables.

I tried to do the same in Portonevere (though it was stationary!) and capture companions onboard while I was piloting from the coast. Alas I was using an iphone and not my ipad for visuals and I couldn't see anyone - even though someone was waving. Have a look at my "walkthrough" video and you can just about see someone waving at the very start of the movie on the bottom right at the edge of the veranda. If Id spotted it at the time, I would have gone in very close.... maybe even land on the veranda! That would have been fun! (Plus avoid the seagull attack as I was coming in to land shortly after!)
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#14
Colorado
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Originally posted by les37b
...If Id spotted it at the time, I would have gone in very close.... maybe even land on the veranda!
Ha! I would freak out if I saw a drone coming at me on my veranda.
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United Kingdom
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Originally posted by Stumblefoot
Ha! I would freak out if I saw a drone coming at me on my veranda.
The reason they were there waving was because I said I would come in close and capture them in the film. Id not even spotted it until a week ago. I wouldnt normally go as close as that to be fair - but it was expected! The group went bank on the tender while I set up and flew over.
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#17
Rosseau, Ontario
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Bon voyage and safe journeys, looking forward to the reports


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#18
Atlanta
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Joined Jun 2004
Txladycruiser, Spinnaker2, Mr. & Mrs. Silver, JPAlbny, Crystallake, Singinalot, Miss Sophia, Liptastic, Stumblehands, Les37b, RachelG, RosseauGirl;

Thank you so very much for your voyage well wishes. Ida and I board our Virgin Atlantic flight to London tomorrow early eve. First time ever (except for crossings that disembark @ Ft. Lauderdale, FL) we are flying in the day our cruise embarks.

Crystallake, pls see attachment for Clive (Silver Wind's Shore Excursion Mgr's excursion recommendations for our Wind itinerary--yours may be slightly different).
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Land of Enchantment
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Great job "setting the table," Wes--looking forward to feasting on your posts now! Wishing you and Ida a spectacular voyage!

Rich
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#20
United Kingdom
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Originally posted by WesW
Txladycruiser, Spinnaker2, Mr. & Mrs. Silver, JPAlbny, Crystallake, Singinalot, Miss Sophia, Liptastic, Stumblehands, Les37b, RachelG, RosseauGirl;

Thank you so very much for your voyage well wishes. Ida and I board our Virgin Atlantic flight to London tomorrow early eve. First time ever (except for crossings that disembark @ Ft. Lauderdale, FL) we are flying in the day our cruise embarks.

Crystallake, pls see attachment for Clive (Silver Wind's Shore Excursion Mgr's excursion recommendations for our Wind itinerary--yours may be slightly different).
Will be looking at your flights and hoping for a good crossing. Fingers crossed it makes good time. I flew in for the Muse on the day too and that worked just fine. Ive emailed you a couple of photos to show Albert who is leaving the Wind at the end of your cruise to be with his family. Wish him well for me in case I dont manage to see him on the 31st.

Will be setting off with the drone in about 2 hours. Had hoped to get them both up for an extravaganza but my co pilot is at school! lol

Stop Press...... I just had a reply from him... we will both be at dartford tomorrow for your sail away with 2 drones in the air.
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