Our First Stop: Oslo Norway!

Our Tour:

Our plan was to go to the Hadeland Glassverk blowing factory tour and then continue to the  Viking Ship Museum. It looked really interesting, we were going to watch them create something in glass that they actually sell in their shop. The presentation was to show us the process and the write-up sounded really cool. We were actually a little disappointed.

Glass Blowing Excursion
Glass Blowing Excursion

The Ninety Minute Bus trip was long to the 250-year-old Hadeland Glassworks. It was Established in 1762 and is situated on the banks of Lake Randsfjorden. We didn’t have anything to help keep Ian from getting motion-sick, but we made it there without incident. David wanted to stay for part of the next show, but we overruled him.

Glass Blowing Excursion
Glass Blowing Excursion

They gave us a snack of a local cake with coffee. We had some free time to shop. The prices were insanely high, and there was nothing we felt we needed except some hard candy to settle Ian’s stomach. So for a souvenir we bought some candy in a glass jar that looked like it was made in the Glassworks.

Playground at GlassworksSophia and Ian played on the playground by the entrance while we waiter for the bus driver to let us back on the bus. The weather was really nice and watching the kids was one of the best parts of the excursion.

 

The Second Stop was a Viking Ship Museum.

Viking Museum
Viking Museum

We took lots of pictures even though the brochure said not to. There were three well preserved Viking long ships there: the Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. They dated back to 800-900 AD.

Photo op on the shore of Lake Tyrifjord
Photo op on the shore of Lake Tyrifjord

TIn addition to the ships, there were were lots of tools and other Viking objects. I really wanted a helmet from the gift shop, but was talked out of it. We did buy gifts and postcards there.

 

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Holocaust Memorial in Oslo

As we were almost back to the ship we passed a grassy area next to a fort with some chair frames in it. The guide announced that this is a Holocaust Memorial site. All of our cameras were put up but Ian’s, and he snapped this as we passed; sorry, no chairs in the picture. This place is a Memorial to the 772 Jews who were rounded up and sent to Germany, most to Auschwitz. The first ships arrived on 11/26/1942.

The Former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg gave a speech  in 2012 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is annually on January 27. He marked 70 years since 532 Jews who were rounded up and stowed aboard the SS Donau and sent to their deaths.

Back on the Magic:

Oslo from our Veranda
Oslo from our Veranda

When we arrived at our room, David and Ian started taking Panoramic Pictures when suddenly Robin discovered that her Cell Phone was missing. We immediately called guest Relations.

Lost Phone message
Lost Phone message

While we were waiting for the Cruise Line to call the Bus Company and manage all of the bureaucratic necessities, we used the “Find My iPhone” App and tried to located the errant communications device. Pressing the “Play a Sound” button yielded the aforementioned sound being produced from Robin’s bag. It seems she was a little frazzled at the security check point and forgot that she stuffed it into her bag. With Disney efficiency, about a half hour later we heard back from the bus company that they found a phone… We all got a chuckle out of that one.

Dinner then the show came and went, the show was a tribute to Walt.

Walt Disney - The Dream Goes On
Walt Disney – The Dream Goes On

Ian and Sophia decided that we were going to do more of the family evening activities than we had done on previous cruises.

Meredeth, Ian and Sophia
Meredeth, Ian and Sophia

We went to D-Lounge to play “Who wants to be a Mouseketeer.” The kids rushed over and grabbed a table next to this Girl who is really close to Ian’s age. Sarah, one of the Entertainment team, asked her if her parents were coming. She was evidently on a back-to-back cruise and knew the team. Her name was Meredith and Ian became fast friends with her. She joined Ian and Jacqueline to form the core group of his Posse, with Sophia drifting in and out because she wasn’t old enough to go to The Edge. Oh, by the way, lest I forget to mention it, Robin and Ian lost the game-show.