Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
Bimmer09

Celebrity Silhouette, Norwegian Fjords Sept. 1 2019

Recommended Posts

I am very much traveling along with you and Carol on this beautiful journey through Norway! Thank you for taking me along!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The train left the station in Voss. Window photos follow

48873711912_2749c3e607_k.jpg

 

48873524146_a4c72d9307_k.jpg

 

48873007383_ccd8e11fd3_k.jpg

 

I imagine these scenes are snow-covered by now

48873737657_f222d2112d_k.jpg

 

48873011268_c894465cbf_k.jpg

 

48873740467_51b71098ae_k.jpg

 

48873013263_bf6e3655a0_k.jpg

 

48873013958_e82c5e4c60_k.jpg

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

48873549936_d938395359_k.jpg

 

48873018868_05e0296d25_k.jpg

 

48873551316_f216f02541_k.jpg

 

48873747957_c591175602_k.jpg

 

no signs of the 21st century in this scene

48873751857_756fad6072_k.jpg

 

48873033238_c6aa8a6614_k.jpg

 

48873565511_05a5feb019_k.jpg

 

unspoiled

48873033888_146d94a0c5_k.jpg

 

we pull into the station at Myrdal where we will have a 5 minute wait for the Flam train

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, perfect match said:

I am very much traveling along with you and Carol on this beautiful journey through Norway! Thank you for taking me along!

 

Nancy, always a pleasure to have you along in my reviews!

My thanks to you!

Norris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Norris. Great commentary & photos as always. I’m finally all caught up. A semi-technical question . You mentioned that you took your tripod. I did purchase a travel tripod and considering taking it on our next cruise. Just wondering about where to pack it. If it’s in a suitcase will it looked like I’m ‘armed’ if the suitcase is scanned? And did you use your tripod much? Is it even worth taking. I’m thinking on board photos? Did you use your tripod for the beautiful interior photos that you took?

 

Maris

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

Where in the Caribbean are you sailing?

 

Western as well

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

All caught up again and enjoying every minute.  Norway, there aren't enough words to describe the beauty.  And you always have me at waterfalls.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, Marvy Mare said:

Norris. Great commentary & photos as always. I’m finally all caught up. A semi-technical question . You mentioned that you took your tripod. I did purchase a travel tripod and considering taking it on our next cruise. Just wondering about where to pack it. If it’s in a suitcase will it looked like I’m ‘armed’ if the suitcase is scanned? And did you use your tripod much? Is it even worth taking. I’m thinking on board photos? Did you use your tripod for the beautiful interior photos that you took?

 

Maris

 

 

Maris, my tripod exactly fits my carry-on bag so I take it with me with the intention of using it .

On this trip I didn't actually use it but I had intended to do some wi-fi selfie shots with a fjord as a background. I also intended to take some night shots on the ship on a long exposure but ended up just snapping handheld. The decks were often very windy and cold at night so time was of the essence-in the Caribbean things will be better for low ISO high detail shots. We'll see.

 

I have used the tripod on a few cruises but that was because I was running two cameras with 2 different lenses and could switch from wide angle to zoom in seconds. So I will continue to take the tripod-just incase I can benefit from it. Essential? No.

 

It has caused no problems on x ray scanners. Nor have the cameras.

 

All the shots in this review were handheld and many through a moving bus or train window, where I have no choice. You'll see some small boat pics where we were bobbing up and down with a waterfall and rain soaking me and the camera.

 

Thanks for the compliments, Maris!

 

I'm glad you have found the review and stopped by. Where and when is your next cruise?

 

Hope this helps!

Norris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Flamsbana

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flåm_Line

 

On the platform looking at the mountain we just tunneled our way through 

48878133661_813016c6d2_k.jpg

 

We are on a railway platform in Myrdal (one L not the two I have sometimes bestowed)

and we've been told 2 things. (1) Stand by number 13 and get in the car stopping there which is reserved for us and (2) no assigned seating.

48878331627_1a03ef0dc3_k.jpg

 

a few minutes later

48877603058_17d7b04863_k.jpg

 

48878332312_c632a563dd_k.jpg

 

48878332537_7153effe66_k.jpg

 

48878332807_d04c0258f3_k.jpg

 

all these people will be going through one narrow door

48878136656_6905513eb4_k.jpg

 

We are dignified people who are not pushy so we give way to those who are more elderly than us which is a diminishing number as the years fly by.  I see a seating arrangement (2 facing the direction of travel and 2 going backwards down a mountain) with only one man seated and proceed to join him only to be told "these (empty) seats are taken". He was an alpha male who was sent forth to push his way through apparently. I moved on, and on. Carol was somewhere in the scrum behind me. I ended up in another carriage for the journey while she found one seat in 13. I did get a window seat but I was going backwards. This is the way the cookie crumbled but no matter.

I would take pictures regardless.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We plan on an oceanview cabin doing Norwegian Fjords.
 

Should we pick a cabin port side or starboard side?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pictures from the  train

48878907297_a24beefa41_k.jpg

 

48878911587_27916f6dd0_k.jpg

 

48878183393_1793daaeb6_k.jpg

 

early in the ride the train stops for a brief (5 minutes of so) look at the Kjosfossen waterfall

where there's music playing and a woman in red with blonde hair is dancing around in the distance  by an old house ruin. As we are in the last car by the time we get off there is already a crowd there and I see very little of the kitschy woman (there's actually two so when one disappears the other appears in a different place as if by magic).

48878186563_9769fc75e3_k.jpg

 

ruin on the right halfway into the shot

48878189458_a573730a4c_k.jpg

 

I think I took some video at this brief stop. That will come later if I did...

 

neat bags of gravel for between the railroad sleepers imagine 

48878726281_2dcb37cd07_k.jpg

 

further along

48878726696_6b06975ed9_k.jpg

 

48878923812_a987f99bbd_k.jpg

 

48878924657_bec729604f_k.jpg

 

48878194398_bdf2a95a75_k.jpg

 

48878195088_5bb88808cf_k.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, phabric said:

We plan on an oceanview cabin doing Norwegian Fjords.
 

Should we pick a cabin port side or starboard side?

 

Hi, I think you won't be in your cabin much.

In Bergen the port side faces the town 

In Alesund it's starboard

In Flam it's port

In Stavanger the town was to starboard and the port and open water  was port

There's scenery on both sides sailing in and out of each

We were on the starboard side

 

Hope this helps,

Norris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Norris, Loving your review and eagerly awaiting the next installment.

 we are going on the Norwegian Fjord cruise next June - I was wondering do most places accept credit cards or is it best to take an adequate amount of cash (NOK)

Just another question which I am sure you will cover as your review goes on - How many Chic nights are there on your 7 day cruise?

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Norris,

 

You may have had a back facing seat but the pictures are stunning as usual.

 

Judy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎10‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 10:49 PM, Bimmer09 said:

 

48856268178_43c28289e6_k.jpg

 

48856826162_30710a318a_k.jpg

 

Just wow!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/25/2019 at 9:34 AM, awhfy said:

Lovely (very small) island. We felt perfectly safe there last year walking around. We did the Woodwind Snorkel in the afternoon & wandered the port in the morning.  This time we’re doing the golf carts. Melody & Les

 

14 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

 

Maris, my tripod exactly fits my carry-on bag so I take it with me with the intention of using it .

On this trip I didn't actually use it but I had intended to do some wi-fi selfie shots with a fjord as a background. I also intended to take some night shots on the ship on a long exposure but ended up just snapping handheld. The decks were often very windy and cold at night so time was of the essence-in the Caribbean things will be better for low ISO high detail shots. We'll see.

 

I have used the tripod on a few cruises but that was because I was running two cameras with 2 different lenses and could switch from wide angle to zoom in seconds. So I will continue to take the tripod-just incase I can benefit from it. Essential? No.

 

It has caused no problems on x ray scanners. Nor have the cameras.

 

All the shots in this review were handheld and many through a moving bus or train window, where I have no choice. You'll see some small boat pics where we were bobbing up and down with a waterfall and rain soaking me and the camera.

 

Thanks for the compliments, Maris!

 

I'm glad you have found the review and stopped by. Where and when is your next cruise?

 

Hope this helps!

Norris

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Norris

 

So I may bring it. I'll see how much room I have.

 

Our next cruise is on the Reflection to the ABC Islands, Cartegena, & Grand Cayman. We will be sailing on March 2, which also happens to be my birthday. I can't think of a better way to spend my special day. There are people on our cruise who were booked on the Silhouette in January but the cruise was canceled because the Silhouette is being refurbished. I guess that will happen when it returns from Europe. 

 

Maris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Marvy Mare said:

Thanks Norris

 

So I may bring it. I'll see how much room I have.

 

Our next cruise is on the Reflection to the ABC Islands, Cartegena, & Grand Cayman. We will be sailing on March 2, which also happens to be my birthday. I can't think of a better way to spend my special day. There are people on our cruise who were booked on the Silhouette in January but the cruise was canceled because the Silhouette is being refurbished. I guess that will happen when it returns from Europe. 

 

Maris

 

Reflection, like the Silhouette, has the lawn club grill and the alcoves. It also has an improved Sunset Bar.

I will have to wait and see what happens to the Silhouette following her Edge-ification. If the grass and the LCG goes then I follow them. They are beautiful stunning ships but those features to me are what interests me most.

Time will tell

 

Re tripods I use mine a lot in Chicago, but only in the Botanic Gardens for close-up shots of delicate flowers. I will definitely have one with me in the Western Caribbean in January but mainly for night shots.

 

Too early to wish you a Happy Birthday but I'll be thinking about you March 2!

 

Norris

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Before I continue with the train window photos here is the brief video I shot at the Kjosfossen Falls after leaving Myrdal

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The train chugs along its 5 and a half degree gradient down towards fjord level and Flam (pronounced Flom)

 

48878729751_d27b0f98be_k.jpg

 

48878729996_16850c7a24_k.jpg

 

48878195848_b7bea119b2_k.jpg

 

48878196113_049e720c02_k.jpg

 

another train passes

48878196328_ea9417c355_k.jpg

 

48878927052_45eddd9b8c_k.jpg

 

48878927237_93c6ae8c0d_k.jpg

 

48878196983_e41ef1cc4f_k.jpg

 

48878197223_0b914aed09_k.jpg

 

yet another waterfall? yup!

48878731611_3ee976324e_k.jpg

 

48878731796_8552ec883d_k.jpg

 

more...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

48878928602_d6ad7aa5dc_k.jpg

 

48878198283_f150d0ef69_k.jpg

 

48878199113_75a948af9b_k.jpg

 

48878733491_da6f188bc4_k.jpg

 

48878734016_bf18d766f1_k.jpg

 

I see 2 people walking up the road in this one

48878734016_bf18d766f1_k.jpg

 

so much water that fell from the sky

48878201203_ca46a93889_k.jpg

 

48878201353_74b26cc760_k.jpg

 

beautiful train

48878932682_6cb5b7dd3e_k.jpg

 

last picture before Flam

48878736566_c9ed54c77a_k.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful train ride!  Loving your review.  We are leaving Tuesday, headed to London for a Norway northern lights cruise with Princess.  This ports isn't on our itinerary but hope to do Norway in a Nutshell one day.  We will be visiting Alesund, Tromso, overnighting in Alta and lastly Stavanger.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On the Waterfront

Back in Fram on terra firma

48885499617_d81e57b914_k.jpg

 

Carol is somewhere among the people still coming from the train 

48885329826_bfe308596c_k.jpg

 

I take a photo of where I am standing and text it to her. We meet on the harbor where there are benches, as seen in the first photo. While she enjoys a bench I mosey around taking photos in this very pleasant place

 

a tender from Pacific Princess

48885563707_e4459eedc8_k.jpg

 

cute tourist train

48884851173_7644be6924_k.jpg

 

cute tourist ship

48885579207_e38d3f7945_k.jpg

 

The blue area is Tuscan Grille and above it deck 6 and above that deck 7 (logically)

and the cabin at extreme right before the corner is ours- until Sunday morning.

Today is Thursday, September 5

48885584712_b6b8d6984c_k.jpg

 

a Sognefjord cruise boat

48884868033_e22f71aa07_k.jpg

 

by the Princess tender dock

48884868953_039e798828_k.jpg

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

48885407681_7b0fcee250_k.jpg

 

48885588842_3bd4b6b262_k.jpg

 

48885409046_df93bd19a0_k.jpg

 

we are returning to the ship as it will leave soon

48885409431_75f6ca38ba_k.jpg

 

Next time in Flam we agreed that we would just buy Flamsbana tickets at home and take the train out to Myrdal and see what we missed this time-that's 2.5 hours there and back. Then we could explore the lovely dock area and enjoy an outdoor lunch, weather permitting which it certainly was on this nice day. The wet forecast that gave us frowny faces back in Chicago has so far been kind during our port stops and Norway was looking her best and her best is gorgeous.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Q&A: Cruise Insurance with Steve Dasseos of TripInsuranceStore.com
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...