Meeting our Captain
Early this morning we arrive at Trondheim. Most of us have a leisurely breakfast and simply get some fresh air on the open deck or perhaps visit the Hurtigruten ship moored adjacent, the MS Polarlys. A few keen explorers head into town to visit the Nidaros Cathedral or join a guided walk. The ship departs Trondheim at 10am, thankfully with all aboard ... although one or two guests cut it a bit fine! After leaving the harbour we sail pass Munkholmen Island, originally home to a monastry, then a fort and prison, and now a popular swimming and leisure destination. Today we spend most of our time sailing south. Our next stop is Kristiansund at 4.30pm. The weather continues to be very pleasant and we enjoy the pretty views on route. And of course we enjoy the comfortable lounge, great conversation with fellow guests, teas and coffees, and yet another vast lunch buffet!
Arriving at Kristiansund is always spectacular. The town is spread across three islands linked by bridges and an excellent harbour. Originally properous due to the timber trade, which was then replaced by the herring fish industry, Kristiansund is now a base for oil and gas exploration. Our ship visit is a short one. A few guests jump off for a quick stroll across the quayside but the bridge soon blows the ship horn and everyone runs back on board rather quickly.
Heading for the town of Molde, Furlongs Travel guests get-together in the ship's conference room for an exclusive audience with Captain Raymond Martinsen, some officers and crew. We meet the safety officer, hotel manager, restaurant manager, tour director, purser, stores manager, trainee electrician and more! Lots of questions are asked and the event is a great success.