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Day Four--Wednesday--Bergen, Norway
Some rough seas overnight until we entered the fjord leading into Bergen. We arrived about 9:00 am
Bergen from Mt. Fløyen
right on schedule and most in the group have a big nine-hour excursion today on the Flam railway, but our plan is to see the Bryggen and visit Mt. Fløyen in Bergen today so we have an easy morning. I had an omelet from the Unicorn Cafe on Lido deck and DW had her room service. We are docked in town so it’s only a easy ten minute walk to the UNESCO heritage site Tyskebryggen located along the eastern pier side of Bergen fyord. The Bryggen is a series of wooden wharf warehouses dating back to 1360‘s when the local merchants were a part of the Hanseatic League. The fact that any have survived is amazing in itself although most now date back to 1702. They now house art galleries, premium tourist shops, and restaurants. We ran into two friends while there and decided to go to the Mount Fløyen Railway together. It was only a few blocks to the rail station where we boarded the train that takes you to the top of of Mount Fløyen and the beautiful overlook of the town of Bergen and the harbor. We have been fortunate with the weather and had a wonderful view. The Carnival Legend cruise ship looks so small from here. We returned to Bergen proper and looked around before heading to the famous Bergen Fish Market at the head of the two sides of the Bergen fjord. Here are located fresh fish stands that will sell and cook any combination of sea food you wish. Very popular spot for lunch. We walked around more of the town then back through the Bryggen again on the return to the ship about 4:00 pm. A very nice walkable port to visit. I ordered a BLT sandwich from room service as a late afternoon snack and it was excellent. We had sail away cocktails in one of the cabins on starboard side as that was the side we were docked, nothing fancy as in Ålesund, but sailing the fjords are so beautiful in Norway. Dinner was very good this evening, I ordered the Escargot, a Seafood salad, the Filet Mignon, and Ice Creme for dessert. The steak was great so I will go with a beef theme the rest of the cruise. Again we retired to the cabin after dinner. Others went to the Casino or Punchliners Comedy Club.


Day Five--Thursday--Stavanger, Norway
Preikestolen - the Pulpit Rock We had good weather and smooth seas overnight and arrived early so it was very easy for passengers going ashore early this morning. I went up to the Lido to get a nice breakfast and returned to the balcony this morning to have breakfast with the DW. We have a nice view of a picture perfect Stavanger neighborhood. We have really found Norway to be very neat and clean, not only this area we are overlooking but the rural areas and small towns we have visited as well...almost unbelievably clean. Again we are docked very near the city center so I went into Stavanger before our noon excursion. I walked around for an hour+ visiting the Watchtower, the Stavanger Cathedral that dates to 1150, and observing the numerous quaint shops along the cobblestone streets of the old town. Just before noon the group met for our big Lysefjord cruise tour. We did book this one through Carnival as it was impossible to book a private tour to this location. It was dear ($149.00 pp) but well worth the cost. The Lysefjord is situated close to Stavanger, and is especially known for the mountain formations of Kjerag and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock). We had a nice high speed vessel that took us from the cruise pier around the harbor, some islands, and into the Lysefjord. It was
Lysefjord Crew another spectacular Norwegian fjord and a fun excursion especially with the entire group along. Again we were lucky with the weather. A guide pointed out Cleng Peerson’s home area to me, he is buried in my local cemetery in Norse, Texas. We returned to the ship about an hour before sail away so it was an enjoyable easy day. DW and I made a dash for the old Stavanger Cathederal as it was not open this morning, we got in just as they were closing. It is an active church so tourist hours are limited depending on use...very worthwhile if you can get in to see it. Dinner tonight was again very good and I’m staying with the steak theme, tonight I ordered the Langostino Cocktail, Pumpkin Soup, NY Strip Steak, and the Penne Pasta with Artichokes. After dinner John Heald hosted a Jazz and cigar event on the Serenity Deck. It was fun, but starting to get rather cool in the late evenings. The feature entertainer tonight was Justin Illusion and the Legend Dancers in a magic show.

Day Six--Friday--at Sea
Golden Fleece Steakhouse luncheon Smooth seas overnight, foggy morning and no port today so we slept until 9:00 am. Just a light room service breakfast this morning on the balcony as we have a special luncheon today for the Diamond Guests on Board. At noon we went up to the Golden Fleece Steak House on deck ten for the function. Cruise Director John Heald introduced Captain Donato, Hotel Director Chastney, the Senior Chef, and Senior Staff. They served Champagne when we arrived and we had a choice of Red or White Wine with dinner. We were served starters of Quail, Cured Salmon with Candied Tomato, and Peppered Cheese Ravioli in Truffle Creme. My entree was Duet of Petit Fillet Mignon and Short Rib Confit served with Oven Roasted Potatoes and Burgundy Wine Sauce. For dessert we had Variations of Strawberries: upside down Strawberry Cake, Strawberry Sorbet, Strawberry and Mascarpone Creme Strawberry Tart. DW had a very nice Vegetarian Platter of potatoes and vegetables. The ravioli and steak were outstanding. It was a very enjoyable two-hour lunch and the service and venue were fantastic. You can see from the photo there were about 50 people as they combined the Diamonds with passengers on a B2B. With great afternoon weather we met our friends out on Serenity Deck and spent the rest of the day. Very enjoyable sea day on the Carnival Legend. The group met for cocktails as usual and then off to the Truffles dining room. For dinner tonight I ordered: Shrimp Cocktail, a Penne Arribacco, the Rib Eye Steak, and a sampling of desserts. Again staying with the steak theme...they have been very good. After dinner it was visiting, music, or gambling for most of the group.
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