Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Holiday - Nordic Cruise (Tuesday): Andalsnes

Once again, we were up with the lark and our first stop was the Gym. Afterwards, we had a quick breakfast and whilst the majority of those on board headed ashore to the quaint little town of Andalsnes and its stunning views, we took advantage of an empty Ship.
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P1020627Stunning Andalsnes

If cruising is all about lazy days, then for us, this was the most laziest ever!
P1020630The Retreat
We discovered a special deal at the on-board Spa and bought a day-pass for ‘The Retreat’ - a sort of Ragdale-Hall-on-water - and all its facilities for a knock-down price. These included:

  • Access to a private area of the Ship for sunbathing
  • Personal Waiter service
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna
  • Hot Beds
  • A ‘healthy option’ menu (which actually turned-out to be better than it sounded!)

The weather gave us another gorgeous sunny day - another 75 degrees - and with our perfect spot at The Retreat, where we had the perfect combination of sun and sea-breeze, that’s where we stayed for most of the day.

Then it was back to the Cabin for a quick clothes-turn-around before heading for The Trough, sorry, The Waterside for a casual evening meal where there’s a themed evening: ‘Best of British’. The queue was manic (as we expected) and the food, although plentiful, scored average in our book, for quality.
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Now I know why they have two handles!

Just time for possibly the largest coffee in the world at Costa’s before dawdling off to the Theatre for Boogie Nights - as the title suggests, it was a celebration of music from the 70s with the cast of the resident theatre group, The Headliners. Wow! what a show! It’s all gone a bit more upmarket since we last went to one of these on a cruise ship - and the production values were sky-high: pyrotechnics, strobe lighting, multimedia support, as well as twenty of so singers and dancers who would have equally been at home on the west-end stage. They were brilliant and competently belted-out more-or-less every 70s song non-stop for just under the hour complete with a gazillion costume changes. Even if it’s not your kind of music, you’d have to be impressed by the sheer scale of the production.  I was exhausted just watching them - a great show! ...and some!!!!
20130611_201907Get down and ...

We’re anchoring outside the town of Olden tomorrow.