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Celebrity Silhouette, Norwegian Fjords Sept. 1 2019

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Carol arrives before me and has a pager as there is a wait for a table on the upper level.

She finds comfy seating over by Cellar Masters wine bar

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beautiful artwork on the exterior wall

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after 15 minutes the pager tells us our table is ready

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a table with a view

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Malbec for me and an $11 Prosecco for Carol

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We both like the sound of the steak Dianne with Hasselback potatoes which is written twice on the menu. Oops!

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The food comes to the table which saved us having to go into the kitchen and find it

 

My escargot

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Carol's Caesar

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and her yummy fishcake

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followed by our steaks. Very tasty. Cooked a little over medium

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" I didn't enjoy my main course"

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Carol's dessert

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Mine was a coconut sorbet but not worth photographing (two white spheres in a white bowl)

 

Very nice dinner with excellent service!

This is Jose the Assistant waiter, who, after serving and setting the table for tomorrow's lunch service would take on the midnight to 5 a.m cleaning shift, vacuuming decks 3 and 4 and the Oceanview Cafe. His smile says he was ok with that-but he was always smiling! 

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It's late and dinner service is over

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After a fine dinner we visited deck 5 Promenade aft so I could enjoy a cigarette. It was one and done as it was cold windy and raining

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and by 11 pm the dance floor had thinned out as much as the iconic tree

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We had been watching the Weather on our phones from a few weeks out and the 4 ports all had rain in their forecasts for the days we would be there. In Bergen's case the most recent reads while we were in London called for 90% probability of rain. We are currently 13 hours away from docking in Bergen and the ship is wet. 

We'll sleep for 8 hours then have another MDR breakfast and I'll be up on deck by 10 a.m so I can see our approach to Bergen, our first sighting of Norway.

 

I will look at the photos before I go to work at 7 a.m and write more when I get home at 5.

Thanks for reading!

Norris

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Norris, Thanks for this great review. We are late to the party as we have just got back from an eventful Edge sailing around the Amalfi coast and the Greek Islands. While on board we booked this itinerary for next August which has an additional day in Geiranger making it an 8 day.

Cant wait for your ports photos.

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42 minutes ago, bluwes said:

Norris, Thanks for this great review. We are late to the party as we have just got back from an eventful Edge sailing around the Amalfi coast and the Greek Islands. While on board we booked this itinerary for next August which has an additional day in Geiranger making it an 8 day.

Cant wait for your ports photos.

 

We were on this cruise and had a great time.  I did enjoy the 8 day itinerary a little more though; Gerainger is stunning.

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22 hours ago, mrsgoggins said:

 

The same elevator was not working for the whole 14 nights of our Ireland/Iceland cruise last month also!  

 

Our cabin was by the aft elevators on our 24 night Scandinavia & Russia cruise in July and all were working then.  That said, the go-up-to-go-downers meant the stairs were a more attractive option...and I could convince myself that the extra exercise justified another scone at afternoon tea. 

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10 hours ago, bluwes said:

Norris, Thanks for this great review. We are late to the party as we have just got back from an eventful Edge sailing around the Amalfi coast and the Greek Islands. While on board we booked this itinerary for next August which has an additional day in Geiranger making it an 8 day.

Cant wait for your ports photos.

 Should see some Norway photos tonight or early morning.

Just got home from work 12 hours after I left this morning.

Eventful Edge?

Thanks for reading and letting me know!

Norris

 

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Tuesday September 3 2019

Coffee and a cigarette is how my day starts but today it is too windy and damp at the Sunset Bar or the Mast Grill starboard so I made do with the poolside smoking area on Deck 12 Port side where there is some decent furniture and hope of shelter

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it was windy there too and uncomfortable. Low cloud on the horizon

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Mountains in the far distance

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My mood was blue

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but it was warmer inside

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beautiful job on the Martini Bar decor

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time for a Grand Cuvee breakfast

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I make a Full English from the side dishes

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Fuel for the day ashore is Carol's frittata 

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 With a good breakfast in me and several layers of clothing I stationed myself, I think by Sunset Bar for the approach to Bergen and my first sighting of Norway

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a trawler goes to find fish for my dinner

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please don't rain on us today

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Somewhere up ahead was Bergen....

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I can't identify the islands I am seeing as we pass but they are getting me excited to be going ashore

 

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I'm taking pictures from both sides of the ship

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Oil rigs

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Somewhere, over the...

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Looking back at the rigs

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The rigs are far in the distance now at center

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It's a long approach. Where's Bergen?

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14 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

 Should see some Norway photos tonight or early morning.

Just got home from work 12 hours after I left this morning.

Eventful Edge?

Thanks for reading and letting me know!

Norris

 

It was eventful. It was Captain Kate’s debut sailing on the Edge, and what an amazing job she did. We joked it was like being on a Magical Mystery tour.

Long story short we had issues with high winds in the Aegean. On day four instead of going to Mykonos we went to Athens.Then Kate announced that the following day instead of Santorini we would head to Rhodes.  Which wasn’t on the itinerary We had been previously so not a problem for us.

She then later explained that they were doing all they could to get us to Mykonos and Santorini later in the sailing, as for many people, us included they were the main ports we wanted to see.

So hey folks tomorrow we’re all going to Chania in Crete.Again not on the original itinerary  Turned out to be a lovely port one that we hadn’t visited before, again most people were happy

As a result we lost Kotakolon and Naplion. No big deal for us but some people wanted to visit the site of Olympia.

We eventually later in the cruise managed to get to both Mykonos and Santorini and it was well worth the hassle that the bridge crew had gone through to get us there.

They did an amazing job even though they may have used more fuel than they anticipated. The excursion desk worked tirelessly to set up last minute itineries in the new ports and arrange refunds for those tours in the cancelled ports.

I know other cruise lines that would have just taken the easy option and made missed ports another sea day, so we were really impressed with the way the crew and Celebrity handled things.

 

 

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This looks to be a beautiful port stop.  Cannot wait.  I love the picture of the church in the forest with the mountains behind it.  Wow, simply beautiful. 

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5 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

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Looking back at the rigs

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The rigs are far in the distance now at center

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It's a long approach. Where's Bergen?

Norris,

 

The approach to Bergen reminds me a lot of the coast of New England (minus the oil rigs).  Very scenic.

 

Trip

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With the new C.C. set-up (no notifications when you're trying to follow a thread), I had lost track of you for several days.  So happy that I've found you and Carol again.

I was especially happy to see food porn from LCG...we made two stops there when we sailed on Reflection a couple of years ago.  This December it's Edge and I'm hoping that Rooftop Garden Grill is as good as LCG...mostly looking forward to the scrumptious desert .

We also saw Claire from Holland on Equinox a few years back.  We really enjoyed her performance.

Susan

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21 minutes ago, lola2013 said:

With the new C.C. set-up (no notifications when you're trying to follow a thread), I had lost track of you for several days. 

There must be something wrong with your "follow", I get multiple email notifications every day for threads that I'm following.

Did you verify that you have the "email me when new content is posted"?

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27 minutes ago, JF - retired RRT said:

There must be something wrong with your "follow", I get multiple email notifications every day for threads that I'm following.

Did you verify that you have the "email me when new content is posted"?

I did...happens (or doesn't happen) to me and a friend of mine.  It was kind of a pain when I'd get a bunch of emails in a day, but now I miss that.

 

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16 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

and my first sighting of Norway

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So Exciting!!  Norway - a goal and I will get there one day.

Enjoy and hope the weather stays dry...

Love all the pictures..

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Your photos are bringing back lots of wonderful memories! Rain or no rain it’s a beautiful country! 

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I now saw another ship, suddenly revealed to my left on the port side, passing under a bridge. It was an MSC ship

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Ahead of us as we slowly turned to port was another bridge we would bypass

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we turned to port to follow the other ship

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we passed under the bridge as going over it wasn't an option

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it's a pretty sail-in for sure

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There is Bergen!

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8 hours ago, lola2013 said:

With the new C.C. set-up (no notifications when you're trying to follow a thread), I had lost track of you for several days.  So happy that I've found you and Carol again.

I was especially happy to see food porn from LCG...we made two stops there when we sailed on Reflection a couple of years ago.  This December it's Edge and I'm hoping that Rooftop Garden Grill is as good as LCG...mostly looking forward to the scrumptious desert .

We also saw Claire from Holland on Equinox a few years back.  We really enjoyed her performance.

Susan

 

At the top of the thread you will find the title and to the right, either Follow (you are not receiving notices) or Following (you should be receiving notices).  This is where you now sign up for notifications.  Click on it to add your preference for notifications.  Hope this works for you!

 

NEVER MIND, it looks like you know this. Sorry.

 

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That's Aida Bella docked

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Great ship-nerd view from those houses

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Mountains! Right in town

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MSC Poesia (Poetry) which we docked beside in Havana in January

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Son of a ship's Captain, born by the sea, I lived by a harbor from age 5 to 15 and this was my 59th week I've spent on a cruise ship so seeing Bergen with its ships and cranes was a heart pumper 

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a fireboat was either giving us a salute or had set itself on fire accidentally

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I needed a double espresso and hit Cafe al Bacio where they were jammed but brought in enough staff to cope

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11 hours ago, pd7277 said:

 

At the top of the thread you will find the title and to the right, either Follow (you are not receiving notices) or Following (you should be receiving notices).  This is where you now sign up for notifications.  Click on it to add your preference for notifications.  Hope this works for you!

 

NEVER MIND, it looks like you know this. Sorry.

 

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Thanks!

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Bergen Panorama Tour

One last picture from deck 5 as we had just docked

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Then to the Silhouette Theater by 12.15 to muster for our tour group. There was already a large number of excursion people there, sitting up high near the exit we would take so when our group was called we shuffled off the ship to the awaiting coaches. We were on the last one along the dock and upon entering found the only seats were in a 3 row at the very back next to the toilet.

There was a man sharing the 3 seats with us, sitting by the window. He explained he was the ship's videographer and was coming along part way. He saw my camera and offered the window seat to me. Nice gesture sir! Norwegian law requires all passengers wear seatbelts.

 

So the following pics will be taken through a bus window, which is not ideal and was a big reason for me not wanting to do a 5.5 hour coach excursion to Hardanger Fjord. I take bus window pics to see what is out there not just the touristy icons. Bergeners going about their daily business in their city. Later we will take an opportunity to leave the bus and explore on foot.

 

Tour busses locked and loaded

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A pretty square and school kids waiting to cross the street

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a tram

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another big square

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