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  1. Alas, we also depart in Montreal. To CurlerRob - so nice to ‘meet’ you on this thread. To Tom from NC - I met a lot of nice men on the ship, asking them if they were you (the bearded ones), but finally gave up (out of embarrassment). To Mr. Avery - please keep us entertained and enthralled. And keep downing those Old Fashions! To all who are continuing on - wishing you fair winds and following seas. (And sea days when the roof actually retracts.)
  2. Enough thread drift, Mr Avery and MadMarine! Back to the important matter at hand, here is yet another fjord to add to CurlerRob’s portfolio: Saguenay Fjord, QE, Canada. (Yet another cold and rainy day.)
  3. Nice try, CurlerRob! The first two drinks are actually a Dark + Stormy and an Aperol Spritz. (The empty Manhattan and Martini belong to our inimitable Jim Avery.)
  4. In contrast to CurlerRob’s Name that Fjord, can you name the drinks below:
  5. There was a sighting of the aurora/northern lights last week, so perhaps you did see it on the webcam. The resident astronomer has been holding nightly sessions on deck 9 to spot the aurora. While we are a bit south, it’s still possible. Sunset tonight, which lasted 30 minutes:
  6. For those of you interested in the Bergen - Montreal segment of this world cruise (known as In the Wake of the Vikings), here are some observations so far, two-thirds into the voyage: - weather: cold, wet and grey - outside temps: 40 to 55 F - seas: rough - no. of days retractable roof has been open: 0 (I think) - no. of sea days: six, out of 12 sailing days ... which amounts to 50% sea days - no. of missed ports: two - most picturesque port: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands - biggest regret: not getting off the bus in Iceland to see the black sand and basalt beach (which was the main reason some passengers took this cruise) - nicest Viking gesture: greeting us with rum as we came back from a cold port - most unique experience: searching for the elusive aurora with the resident astronomer on deck 9 in the cold, starry night - most friendly encounter: meeting Jim and Lois at the Living Room bar Best place to be in the North Atlantic: Viking Sun (you saw that coming, right?).
  7. Stab in the dark: Chile, Norway, US/Alaska, Greenland, New Zealand, Iceland (in no particular order).
  8. What splendid photos from everyone! Here’s one of Greenland and one of Norway. While Prince Christian Sound was nice, I agree with Jim that Norway is awesome-beyond-belief and Alaska is a world-unto-itself.
  9. The Viking Sun is also missing Nanortalik, so it seems that we are following in the Sea’s footsteps. We had rough seas last night (leaving Reykjavik), and it’s expected to be worse tonight. Perhaps September is not the best time to cruise this region ...
  10. Haha, as Jim and Lois ‘do nothing,’ we go to back-to-back lectures (which are sooo good).This morning, the resident historian gave a riveting talk on Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, where we learned that the British tried to salvage captured ships (i.e., French, Spanish) and get them back to England to be refurbished and refitted. This not only secured them a reward/bonus, but it saved felling another 1,000 pine oak trees for a new ship. (Sorry if you already knew this.) Another interesting tidbit: they brought Lord Nelson’s body back to England in a barrel of brandy ... Anyway, this was a customized talk which we really enjoyed (Viking, are you listening?), which deviated a bit from the standard Viking subject. We’re in favor of more of this type of presentation. Next up was a guest lecturer’s talk on Cold War activities in the North Atlantic ... being formerly part of the Royal Air Force, he shared many insights on aircraft. Then came the astronomer, who said our chances of seeing the aurora on Sunday are good! This makes up for the disappointment of having to miss Nanortalik, Greenland.
  11. Images from exhibits at the Lava Center. Impressive lunch stop on our Iceland Southern Coast tour. Not only were the displays and narratives clear, but we had an awesome meal with ingredients grown in geothermal green houses (things you’d find in a salad). It was a cold and wet day, and while I normally forego lunch, I ate all the protein in sight ... cod, chicken and pork. So went the diet. 1st image is a lava field; 2nd image is a plume penetrating into the surface of Iceland. So much intense volcanic activity.
  12. Sorry about the above fixation on food. For those interested in onboard life, you’ll be pleased to know that the lectures have been more-than-stimulating. When I board a ship, my brain usually turns into mush/‘chill’ mode. But these lecturers - who are predominantly British - raise the bar on intellectual stimulation and force me into a state of alertness. The resident astronomer took us on a whirlwind trajectory/history this morning, touching on: the naked eye, telescopes, radio astronomy, space astronomy, and finally gravitational waves. Last night he led a group on a search for the aurora (from deck 9). While the ship is too far south to see the full aurora, there was a teensy chance of a spotting. Most of us left after about twenty minutes (it was cold), but the few brave souls who lingered were rewarded with a glimpse of the greenish light! The probability improves on Sunday, according to a PK scale (sp?). Back to the lectures ... we had an interesting economics lecture on global currency, which included bitcoin/crypto currency, China’s stockpiling of gold, and of course, the intricate co-dependency of the U.S. and Chinese economies. Great brain food. Kudos to Viking for organizing a stellar cast of lecturers who don’t just entertain.
  13. Great, Jim ... see you and Lois there. My ‘better half’ likes his ‘dark and stormy’ (rum + ginger beer), and Viking always manages to stock some ginger beer for him. So he’s one happy camper. And one big Viking Ocean fan. Also love the Viking bar for my morning cappuccino. (To keep the calories at bay, I find it best to avoid the World Cafe. TMF = too much food.) Kudos to Viking for keeping the portions in the dining room small. For dinner last night, I had a simply-dressed spinach salad and a minimalist plate of tiger prawns ... perfecto. The seafood on this cruise, especially anything with crab, has been awesome. Great Beatles songs last night. Talented singers, and always impressive video/projections. Viking has a top-notch, high-tech projection system. Enjoy the the leisurely sea day! As tmw will be an early rise for Iceland ...
  14. Lovely stop, the Faroe Islands. Of the 18 islands, 17 are inhabited, with a total population ~52,000. Part of Denmark, with the political consensus split on whether to remain or leave. In WWII, this was an outpost of the British military, along with a small contingent of US military, who conducted stealth operations in buildings camouflaged in the mountains. Gorgeous barren landscape with volcanic geology, as you can see in Tom’s photos above. Our tour passed through small, picture-perfect villages with houses all boasting a water view. The activity is entirely fishing-related. Salmon is a huge industry here, with much exported to places as distant as Japan. Russian trawlers come here to catch herring, etc. Our guide, with his deep sonorous voice, sang a Faroe song so that we could hear the native language. Sad to leave this tight-knit community.
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