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    Even in a 6th floor room, one can see little more than the superstructure of NX above the roof of the lower building adjacent to the hotel. So I had intended to watch the ship’s departure from the opposite quay. But shortly after taking this last photo, it began to snow, and a strengthening wind with it.



    And so, as the ship headed to Stamsund and whatever the Vestfjord had in store for her, I headed back to the hotel, and it was seated in the restaurant, and with the gentlest of strains of live piano music as accompaniment, that I watched Nordstjernen elegantly pull away from her mooring and, after what seemed an eloquent pause, slide away into the darkness.

    As a partial passenger, that was my only experience of seeing her depart as countless others did from ports up and down the coast on this her last voyage. I am grateful for that experience, and, if I am honest, grateful too for the excuse that I didn’t have to capture that emotional moment on camera.

    There’s a saying “Hello, Goodbye”…but, following the inner voice of my instincts over those days it was going to be “Goodbye, Hello”!


    In the next part of my Nordstjernen adventure, I relocate to Trondheim to begin another day as a“distance passenger” onboard Nordstjernen.

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      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

      Dear Cecilia,

      I can not get enough of your beautiful photos. All your photos tell the story of our "Forever Young" - banner. I would like to see much more of it.

      It was very nice experience with you at some stations along this route. I also have problems with language, my English is not very good, but we understand us very well, that was important.

      Greetings
      Marion (Muddi)

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        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

        You're such a great storyteller Cecilia, it's a pure pleasure to pop in here and share some moments of the last trip of NX.

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          Originally posted by Seagull View Post


          … and hastily emerging outside as Nordstjernen swings round into the harbour I somehow take a photo. How on earth did I manage that, handheld in the increasing darkness…
          Beautiful... almost surREAL.... this is one of the most beautiful statues in the whole country.
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            Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

            Originally posted by Seagull View Post
            This is a statue that has a lot of meaning for me, and seeing such a beautiful capture of her in the midst of this already emotional storytelling is really bringing tears to my eyes. Thank you Cecilia.
            MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
            Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
            My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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              I completely agree with all the positive feedback on your pictures and stories, Cecilia.
              It's such a delight to come in here and browse through your pictures. I especially like your detail-photos.
              They are brilliant. I see angles and perspectives that I never ever thought about myself.
              Nordstjernen gets extra beautiful through your lense.

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                Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                Very emotional... it was touching me very much. Thank you again.
                Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                  Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                  Dear Seagull

                  It was so very special and emotional to be aboard Nordlys`first trip, and read about Nordstjernen`s last trip with your "voice".

                  I feel so very much "at home" in the way you are describing emotions, feelings and facts with your special artistic "voice"... ..... I am smiling with a little tear in my eye, when reading your stories, because it is so easy to put myself into almost everything you are writing

                  You are indeed touching ME, and a lot of other people, with your storytelling and WOAW-images...........

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                    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                    Originally posted by Seagull View Post


                    Quiet in the dining room, already set for dinner.
                    Cecilia,

                    What magnificent captures ! the light outside or inside is very nice... I remenber my trip from Bergen to Svolvær in march 2008 with the mood of this one You managed very well all the pictures : details and portraits inside or on the brige, landscapes.... the very peacefull and emotional atmosphere aboard and on the quay !

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                      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                      Video from the bad weather in finnmark:

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                        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                        Originally posted by Polar View Post
                        Video from the bad weather in finnmark:
                        Did anybody feel sea sick watching that video???

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                          Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                          Did anybody feel sea sick watching that video???
                          Yes. Seeing the motion but not feeling it is worse than being there.
                          ---------------------------
                          Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
                          Deck plan geek.
                          The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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                            Originally posted by Clipper View Post
                            ....Seeing the motion but not feeling it is worse than being there.
                            That is so true Clipper! I’d much rather have been there! But I enjoyed seeing a mood of the voyage that I didn’t get to experience myself.
                            I especially liked the rolling coffee mug. Rather disappointed that it eventually hit the floor. But perhaps there is a basis here for a whole new Scale by which to record the Severity of Sea conditions!!!!… I think I shall have some fun with this on my August trip… I wonder how many mug-on-floor moments there will be on the crossing from Svalbard to the Norwegian mainland! Place your bets now!!!!!

                            So many emotions coming together, co-existing….
                            CaptainsVoyage means so much to me, and never more than these last days when I have been overwhelmed and touched to tears by the extraordinary wave of comments and reactions and appreciation that have followed my Nordstjernen story so far.

                            So I guess I’d better continue!
                            Even though I hadn’t intended to mention about my stop over and relocation between the two on-board days here on this thread, I now think I shall…so that you too might feel and share something of that strange “saying goodbye” and then returning to the ship that is the next part of the story.
                            (But don’t worry Kristian and Olaf…I will eventually appear in the Harstad thread with photos of the great time I had with you in the all important prologue to my voyages )

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                              Overtaking Nordstjernen!



                              Just look at this!

                              It is actually the view from the window of my hotel room in Svolvær when I woke next morning!

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                                No hurry, no hurry at all today.

                                Eyes wide open, and curtains likewise, I went back to bed, curled up against luxuriously comfy pillows, and simply watched. I watched the clouds, the continually changing light, a string of traditional Lofoten fishing boats heading out to sea…and this one seemingly lingering in the harbour. Mountains disappear, reappear, disappear …

                                I should have taken my camera to breakfast. Then I could have shown you the impressive, almost industrial strength machine that turns a pile of oranges into the freshest of freshly squeezed juice…though I went on to sample the smoothie of red berries…and returned for a second glass! We British like our bacon at breakfast…but I didn’t even notice if there was any. I’m in Lofoten and –yes even me of the small appetite – am not going to depart the breakfast buffet until I have sampled every kind of fish on offer.

                                Prawns too! I’m stabbing them with a fork …just marginally more lady-like than using my fingers, and certainly more considerate to the screen of Paddy my faithful iPad, who had accompanied be down to the dining room. Of course I was looking at Marine Traffic and seeing how Nordstjernen was getting along without me! That even before catching up on CaptainsVoyage!

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