Last Port in NORWAY!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
Trip End Jul 25, 2008

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Flag of Norway  , Western Fjords,
Thursday, July 10, 2008

This morning I watched a group of 30 or so passengers get off the ship with their luggage.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the "issues" that have been happening on board (apparently one passenger was accosted by several drunk young men outside his cabin).  Most likely they do not have the proper documentation to enter the U.K., or the cruise line sold a partial 6 day cruise to them to fill up cabins.  They were all Europeans, so that could be the case.  But it was fun to stand on deck and speculate over my morning coffee, and if you're going to speculate, why not create a juicy story to go along with it?
Once docked, and the tours away, we headed off ship and around the charming downtown area of Stavanger (pronounced Stav-ANGER).  We really didn't do much other than walk around, take pictures and duck into a couple of shops.  Not very exciting, but pleasant with the warm sun and cool breeze off the North Sea.  We were only ashore a short while, popping into shops and walking around with the thousands of other tourists from the other cruise ships in port.  At one point, Carol and Bob headed off on their own, and Mcihael and I headed back to the ship.  Next to the ship was a charming collection of houses and a church, part of the original settlement of Stavanger.  Beautiful white houses, colorful gardens and flower pots abloom in bright colors, it was stunning.  We wandered around it's cobblestone streets, peeking in windows and taking photo's of the area.  Then we headed back, like I said, we were kind of boring that day.
Once on board, Michael and I saw Ratatouille, the animated film about a French rat who loves gourmet food and aspires to be a chef.  It was fun, just the two of us in the theater with popcorn and Nacho's that I brought down from the Lido deck café. 
There are three formal nights for each 10 days,, and tonight was one of them.  We put on our tuxes for the second time and headed out.  Not much else to say, dinner was lovely as usual.  You all know how much I love a good crème brulee, so I was excited when it was offered on the menu, and severely disappointed when it was served.  So much so I wouldn't have even broken the sugar top if it had had one.  It had a burnt sugar syrup on the top, not crème brulee.  Just a custard with a syrup topping.  That made the third night I did not have desert.  Ah well, a night cap in the Silk Den with Zeni, the bartender we met on the Oosterdam last summer, and we were off to bed as the ship rocked it's way across the North Sea and towards England!
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