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Category Archive for 'Azura 2017'

A quick update

We’re in the Faeroe Islands today. Unfortunately I’m not getting free roaming here so I can’t post using cellular comms. Right now I’m in a cafe in a small village on the northern edge of the islands that has good wifi, but I only have the iPhone and not the iPad on which several articles […]

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Money matters

The cancellation of the call at Reykjavik has focused my attention on another topic – foreign currency. On most cruises it’s just a case of getting €s, either in advance or via an ATM from a credit card. But credit cards often charge fees, and on this cruise getting currency in advance would be difficult […]

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Reykjavik

…. has been cancelled! Due to high winds Azura is unable to dock safely in Reykjavik so our call has been cancelled. So we have an extra sea day today,  a scheduled sea day tomorrow before our call at Torshavn on Monday.

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Isafjordur

Yesterday (Friday) we were in Isafjordur. This small port is in the West Fjords area of Iceland, and is very sparsely populated – Isafjordur, with a population of 3,000 or a bit less, is the principal settlement in the whole area. Traditionally it made its living from fishing and from basic agriculture – sheep farming […]

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Akureyri

Yesterday (Wednesday 22 June) we were in Akureyri, in North Iceland. This is very close to the Arctic Circle – the town is at about 66° N, and it sits at the southern end of a long fjord. The weather decided to smile on us – we arrived to broken cloud with patches of blue […]

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Pictures from Alesund departure

I took the pictures below during the departure from Alesund yesterday afternoon. As you can see, it was grey, dark and threatening.  

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We left Ålesund at nearly 6 o’clock, and after some manoeuvres near the harbour were heading out to sea shortly afterwards. Although the weather had brightened a bit over the town – it had at least stopped raining – out in the seaward approaches it was dark and unwelcoming, with what looked like rain over […]

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Pictures from Bergen and Alesund

Here are a few images from Bergen and Alesund. The weather wasn’t at all suitable;e for photography, especially in Alesund, but here are the best. First, from Bergen: And secondly from Alesund:  

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Ålesund

It’s 8 o’clock and we’re in Ålesund today. Our weather forecast this morning? – “At the moment the temperature is 10°, it’s cloudy with passing showers and there’s a stiff wind. If I’m being optimistic I could say that the showers might die off and there could even be a bit of sunshine later in […]

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A meal in the Glasshouse

We had our first meal in the Glasshouse this evening. We weren’t going to – we just went for a drink – but three-quarters of the way down the first glass of wine we agreed that we couldn’t be bothered moving so we decided to eat where we were. I had the 6ozs steak and […]

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