Today is the last day of this wonderful cruise and we are at sea.
We woke up to a sky filled with cold rain, heavy winds and pea soup fog. We dressed quickly and joined Vilma, Jim, Mickey and Betty at the Windjammer Café for breakfast and had a great time talking about our time in Bergen. We all agreed it was a beautiful city.
It is the last day of this cruise but we are not disembarking tomorrow instead we are staying on the Serenade and continuing with the Serenade for cruise visiting a number of Baltic Sea countries. Because we are not getting off in Denmark we are considered consecutive cruisers. Today there is a meeting scheduled for all consecutive cruisers.
Everyone in our group is staying on so we all attended the meeting. The meeting is designed to provide information for the consecutive cruisers to make a smooth transition into the next cruise. Every country and each ship has different rules and so we needed to know what was expected of us regarding customs, new room keys, changing cabins, etc.
After the meeting Randy went off to check his email while I went down to purchase some photographs and take a few moments to look through the shops.
There was a great deal of activity scheduled around the ship but we decided to pick just two and relax the rest of the day. Listed in the Cruise Compass was a designer watch event, enrichment talk, trivia, towel folding demonstration, a flash mob dance in the Centrum, final art auction, poker tournament, whiskey tasting, an aerial show in the Centrum and so much more.
We looked at this very long list and decided to participate in two activities. The first activity we decided to participate in was the International Crew Parade of Nations in the Centrum at noon. The officers, staff and crew of the ship, representing 60 nations, bring flags that represent their countries to the Centrum.
As our cruise director, Topi, announced the countries representatives of that country came forward; some danced, some paraded in a circle and others just waved their flag around. However, they choose to present their flags it is always a fun and emotional event. Topi announced that the passengers represented 58 nations. I was very happy to see two crew members come forward waving the American flag.
Doug, Sue, Randy and I decided to each lunch in the dining room today. Sometimes you just want to be served. Today there was a made to order pasta bar. Lunch was delicious.
We returned to the cabin for a relaxing afternoon of reading and catching up on the news.
Before we knew it, it was time to prepare for the evening. We joined Doug, Sue, Dale and Karen in the Concierge Lounge and had a great time sharing stories about past cruises.
Our last night on the cruise I chose a comfort meal. I ordered the Roasted Turkey with apple bread stuffing, cider gravy, roasted red bliss potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrot sticks and cranberry sauce. I asked to switch the red bliss for mashed potatoes and received them. Yummy!
The second activity we decided to participate in was the Farewell Variety Showtime featuring a BMX acrobat named Rob Alton. I begged off so Randy went ahead and joined Doug and Sue in the theater. When he returned I asked him, “How was the show”.
He thought for a moment and said, “It was interesting. He did some amazing feats”. We were relaxing in the cabin with the curtains open when I noticed the sky turning bright with color. I grabbed my camera and went onto the balcony to enjoy the view. The sky was ablaze with yellow and red hues making it look as though the sky was on fire. It was beautiful.
Randy and I spent some time reminiscing about all the experiences we had while traveling around Norway. We both enjoyed every port of call, every moment on shore, every excursion we participated in, everyone we met, everything we ate and agreed that we would come back to this lovely country again.
Tomorrow we embark on the next leg of our back-to-back cruise experience and start our 10 night Ultimate Scandinavia-Russia cruise.