Newcastle to Bergen (18th – 21st August 2008)
Have you ever seen a rainbow at night before? The Newcastle to Bergen route is closing at the end of the month and this was my final trip to Norway and wow what a way to finish. Once arriving in Bergen we disembarked for a last stroll down the Bryggen. The old wooden buildings of the Bryggen date back almost 900 years and are on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List but now form part of the very popular harbour front. Whilst having a sociable diet coke (crew are not allowed to drink anything stronger when on ships rota) we were treated to the most amazing sunset I have certainly ever experienced. The sky was the deepest orangey-red and the ships in port formed silhouettes against the incredible backdrop.
Turning a quick 180° and the sky was a different colour again. Everything was pink, the sky, the mountains, the reflection in the harbour and on the surrounding buildings. It was absolutely stunning and to top it all off there was a rainbow, a vivid rainbow that became brighter and more arced in front of our very eyes. Spectacular. It was a beautiful finale to what has been a fantastic experience working on the Queen of Scandinavia.
Here’s to the ‘Queen’ and the upcoming ORCA exploits on our new ship, the Dana Sirena crossing between Harwich and Esbjerg. Skål!