June 28, 2014

Norway Trip - The Boat

On our cruise we had two days at sea to enjoy the activities on the ship. We were on an older boat, but it still had a mini golf course and a rock climbing wall that were really fun. We also enjoyed participating in several of the trivia challenges (general trivia, cartoon theme songs, famous places, brain teasers, classic rock), and sometimes we did really well, and sometimes we didn't.  In the evenings we went to a few of the dancing and singing production shows, played games, and soaked in the hot tub.

The guests on this cruise were mostly of an older demographic so any sporting event was usually our family against just one or two of the other passengers - you can guess who won most of the time :)


Just when we thought we were getting really good at the mini golf course, they changed things up a bit. It was a fun challenge even if I didn't do that well!


My dad scored a 38 out of 40 at the classic rock trivia event. To put it in to perspective, the next closest team had a score of 8. They would play only 3-5 seconds of a song, and never a part with lyrics, and you got one point for naming the song and one point for the artist. My dad sure knows his music!



And the scenery from the boat was beautiful! This trip was different from most cruises because we spent so much time sailing down the fjords, rather than just open water, so we saw many waterfalls, farms, and villages. I was amazed by how close we were to the edges at times - sometimes the passages got pretty narrow!

One of the neat parts of our trip was the long daylight hours - on one day the sun rose at 3:57 am and didn't set until after 11:00pm.


The Geirganger fjord was especially beautiful - it was very narrow and the mountains seemed to rise straight up out of the water.


 
The Severn Sisters Waterfall

A mountain farm - our captain told is this is one of the most remote farms in Norway, only accessible by a series of ladders


While we were at dinner the room steward would turn down our bed and leave a fun surprise for us. Every night he got a little more creative. On the last night he told us he was going to do something funny, but when we got back to our room, we couldn't find anything. A few minutes later I opened the bathroom door and busted up laughing. I'm not sure all guests would appreciate his creation, but we sure enjoyed it!




One of the best parts of going on a cruise is the food. We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the snacks in between each day. I really liked that I didn't have to cook or clean for an entire week. Dave loved getting to try lots of different types of foods. On the last night he ended up having a 9 course meal - 3 appetizers, 3 entrees, and 3 desserts because it all sounded good and he didn't know what to try. Yum!

Two of the nights were considered "formal dress" and while we didn't dress up super fancy, it was fun to get a little more dressed up than we normally do for church.


Some good looking guys!


Our table on the last night - there were about 15 entrees for the 7 of us. I couldn't even fit all the plates in the picture!


And since Nat showed no shame in the dining room, I didn't think she'd mind if I posted this on the blog either. At one point they had all the kitchen staff come out so we could recognize and applaud their efforts. I'm not sure who chose the music, but it's not what I would have expected!


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