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  1. Its funny you should say we are used to hot temps because Stacy and I discussed this. We are to a degree 😀 but if I’m honest, all we do in Texas when the thermometer is 97+ is go from one air conditioned building to another or go to the pool. If anyone suggested walking around town to sight see we would have them committed
  2. Well, we made it to London and have been here four days in the unbelievably luxurious Rosewood Hotel. I got frustrated with the ship internet trying to upload photos from an iPhone XS...I’m sure the files are very large. The ship internet is fine for loading a photo or two at a time to Instagram or FB but the interface with this site makes it tough to upload more than a couple here. From Oslo it was on to Copenhagen, where we ran into some friends about to board another cruise ship to head up to Germany, St Petersburg, Finland and Sweden. After a drink in Nyhavn, we were off to explore the city. We sailed for Skagen and had a great day in that small but very interesting town. Up next was Bruges. We we made it through the hottest day on record in Bruges after a very relaxing sea day. Following Bruges we sailed all night for our disembarkation at Southampton. We had a car waiting at 9:00 to take us to London and despite heavy traffic in the city we made it to our hotel by about 11:30 where we found our room ready. After a quick unpacking we were off to see the city and a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe, once again enjoying one of the hooter days on record. This is Nyhavn in Copenhagen. There are a number of casual restaurants with sidewalk seating. From here we took a canal boat cruise and saw the city from a different perspective. Our first Regent cruise left from here about ten years ago. Then we flew in the same day, something I would never do now; consequently we had only ever seen Nyhavn in this port. This is a new playhouse of which Copehagers are justifiably proud after the cruise we grabbed a beer and some chips and then headed off to Tivoli Gardens We discovered Scandinavian people love churros and tacos...but who doesn’t? Taco Tuesday is a thing from Iceland to Denmark Obligatory photo of the Little Mermaid as we walked back to the ship. It was late in the day though so the light was perfect and there were only a couple of folks there as opposed to the hundred or so we saw in the morning. Next up was the little town of Skagen Denmark. As we walked into town I began to notice very expensive cars parked at the houses. I saw a Rolls and two Bentleys while Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs and Land Rovers were a dime a dozen. It seems Skagen is a favorite summer house spot for Danes: Think Martha’s Vineyard or Mackinac Island . For most of its existence, Skagen relied on fishing, life saving and wreck salvaging as the coast is very dangerous for ships. The villagers manned life boats and there is a very interesting little museum near the shipyard. The wall in the photo above bears the name of every man who died over the years in life saving efforts. In one event, ten men died decimating the village and leaving eight widows and twenty-five fatherless children. . There were also some examples of houses from the area and a demonstration of fish salting The village was beautiful but became quite crowded later in the day. We shopped and then rented bikes to ride out to the area where the North Sea meets the Baltic...and the site of many of the rescue missions Next we had a sea day and then we enjoyed a heat-record setting day in Bruges. We started with a little canal cruise then essentially went from one shaded area to another. Luckily we have already deeply explored the city on another cruise, including climbing the Bell Tower. It’s never too hot for a waffle, though! We have had a great four days in London and we look forward to three more before finally flying home. I hope you enjoyed the trip. See you next time and happy cruising!
  3. After a morning with the museums we just caught Uber back to the Palace area and then spent some time walking n town and seeing the sights. That afternoon we ate near the fortress and explored it before boarding the ship which was docked just near there
  4. 20 July 2019 After a somewhat frustrating excursion in Kristiansand we ditched our planned outing to museums in Oslo and went on our own. We thoroughly explored the Viking Ship, Kon-Tiki and Fram Museums at our own pace in less than the 3.5 hours our planned excursion had allotted. I recommend all three. After that we still had plenty of day left to walk around Oslo, take in the sights and stop for an aquavit, beer (wine for the boss) and a delicious open face sandwich of cured salmon. Back on the ship we had a light meal at Compass Rose. The food has been exceptional and the crew happy and accommodating.
  5. 19 July 2019 Today we docked in Kristiansand, Norway. This is a wealth fiord community of about 85,000. Our excursion today was probably my least enjoyable. In the morning we went to the gym for a good workout then had something light on the pool deck. The cheeseburgers look and smell amazing and before this cruise ends I will have one. Our excursion left at 1:30 pm. We walked through a beautiful village called Høllen. The houses and gardens were pretty but most of our bus load of thirty were oblivious to the locals who also wanted to walk, ride their bikes and otherwise move on their own roads and paths. I cringe a bit when my fellow passengers seem unaware they are inconveniencing others. Our next stop was a little church and then on to an open air museum. Let me just say that I made a mistake trying to visit a museum with a group of thirty...that’s on me and it is a mistake we did not repeat the next day. Canapés on the balcony, drinks in the Seven Seas Lounge and a nice vegetarian dinner in Compass Rose rounded out the day.
  6. 18 July 2019 we docked in Stavanger, Norway. The day was overcast but the rain held off until afternoon. We took a morning excursion to see Pulpit Rock which is really all the area offers aside from a beautiful Cathedral and a nice shopping area. We boarded a fast boat that holds about 75-100 people. We ran up the Lysefjord which is very beautiful, stopping at points of interest along the way. We cruised by the Pulpit Rock for a photo op then on to a restaurant accessible only by boat and dedicated to feeding tourists coffee, waffles, clotted cream and jam. Then back on board for the fast run to town. in town we did a bit of shopping before the rain set in and headed back to the ship for a nap. In the evening we stopped by Galileo’s Lounge for the Champagne and caviar service (1oz Osetra and setups for $100, Champagne and vodka free) then on to Compass Rose where Rommel had arranged a fantastic Indian feast. We had samosas, chicken tikka, a lentil dish & spicy lamb stew. Great Day!
  7. 17 July 2019 in Bergen we opted to do our own thing. We rode the funicular up above town. We bought one-way tickets and embarked on what we intended to be a 4ish mike hike to the top of Mt Fløyen and back to town. A couple of wrong turns and we ended up hiking about ten miles back on a trail between Fløyen and Ulriken. It was all good though as we saw things we would not have otherwise. Back in town, we fortified ourselves with a local beer and headed out for the important sites. We saw the fortress, tower and hall, the Hanseatic HQ and shops in Bryggen, admired the statue of Icelandic Bard Snorri Sturluson, had a snack/dinner at the fish market and closed out with the locals on the plaza who were all out enjoying the glorious and all too rare for Bergen sunshine. Good day. Be warned the Marienkirke, Hakon’s Hall and Rosencrantz Tower all close at 4 pm
  8. 16 July 2019 we visited Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands. The Navigator docked in Lerwick and the bus ride was about fifty minutes. Though is was cold and rainy we donned our foul weather gear and after fortifying ourselves with a wee dram of Scots whisky headed out to view the ruins that spanned from the Neolithic Age to the 16th Century. After a quick stop in Hoswick we were back in Lerwick where the rain had stopped. We shopped a bit and walked around town spotting buildings from the British crime drama Shetland. We found Det Jimmy Perez’ house and the police station. Next up Bergen, Norway. We will be in port until 11 pm and have decided to do our own thing. This is the second night in three days where we lose an hour so it’s time for bed. I’m sorry the photos don’t always upload in order
  9. By the way, we had a drink with Ray Solaire last night and he said he will be with the Navigator until early September
  10. It was very foggy yesterday and last night, so foggy that more often than not the Captain had to sound the horn at two minute intervals. The sound was not a problem for us but I can imagine lighter sleepers may had had difficulty. The fog lingered as we docked in Tórshavn (pronounced Tor-shawn) in the Faroes. We took a boat excursion and during the cruise the fog lifted a bit. Later we enjoyed a local IPA at restaurant Tarv on the waterfront. We also tried aged, dried mutton which is a local delicacy...think lamb prosciutto. If I’m honest, it’s not my favorite regional dish from this trip. More successful were the fritters of salt cod, onion, potato and parsley with romesco. Next up, Lerwick, Shetland Islands. I’ll be on the lookout for Douglas Henshall, et al.
  11. Today is a Sea Day. Stacy had a massage and I worked out in the gym. Last time we were on the Navigator the Spa/Gym area was the Horizon Lounge. The expanded space makes for a much better experience though I realize some folks miss the forward looking lounge. I find the recent renovation has really changed the look of the ship. Our suite is spotless and the common areas are bright and appealing. The crew are cheerful and accommodating. So far this has been one fabulous trip.
  12. As an aside: I miss the somewhat quirky voice over descriptions of the excursions from the destination services staff but I do appreciate the in room AV upgrades
  13. Yesterday we took the Puffin excursion from Patreksfjordur to Latrabjarg. The bus ride was a bit lengthy but the payoff was well worth it. Later, Compass Rose maitre d’ Rommel snuck us into Prime 7. I had fresh cod and the Boss has surf and turf. Great meal and superior service. I might quickly add that the facelift and configuration changes since our last Navigator sailing five years ago are fantastic. We are in 934 and feel zero vibration. The water is crystal clear from the tap and our suite is spotless. Our Butler Vikas is exceeding all expectations.
  14. After four days of adventure tours on the south coast of Iceland we drove back to Reykjavik from the Glacier Lagoon yesterday and boarded the Navigator this afternoon. We’ve dispensed with the safety talk and unpacking and now the Boss is getting ready for dinner in Compass Rose. Here are a few photos from our last few days here. We we hiked to and explored many of the beautiful waterfalls, rode Icelandic ponies, took a glacier hike and cruised the Glacier Lagoon in a Zodiac Boat.
  15. Hotel Umi on the south coast of Iceland near Vik. Today is a “super Jeep” tour of the area near Ejafjallajökell Glacier
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