Ahoy there me mateys! Welcome to the newest installment on me Log, Wayfare Wednesdays! As ye scalawags know, yer Captain always be spending me time dreaming of the next far off ports and searching of a good adventure. So I thought I would give the crew some insight into the fascinating people, places, and things I saw while ye all were wallowing in port in some filthy tavern, swilling grog, and missin’ the sights. Ye know in case ye miscreants ever get the chance to
plunder visit these destinations in the future . . .
As some of ye may know, I recently had a line on a rumor of a bit of Viking treasure, Scottish ruins, and Elizabethan artifacts. The sea was a’ calling. So off I went. After eighteen days of adventurin’ in Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and England, I be back to share me tales. I have now highlighted the ports we visited but it wouldn’t be complete with a tour of the ship. Arrr!
The Ma and I visited Iceland first and then 8 other ports of call. If ye missed any of the previous stops on this trip then ye can click on me new Wayfare Wednesdays page and see those ports!
The Ma and I traveled on the Viking ship called the Viking Sun. The “small” ship was built in 2017 and has a length of 745 feet and beam of 94.5 feet. It sails at 20 knots. The ship has 9 decks and accommodates 930 guests. Decks 3 to 6 are for guest cabins. We were on deck three. To see the interactive deck plan, live ship cam (awesome), or Viking Ocean 360° tour click here.
Our Cabin Balcony and View
The Explorers’ Lounge
There were three full days at sea. Arrrr! The Ma and I both liked to spend a lot of time in this Lounge. Located at the bow (front) of the ship, it contained two levels. The upper level was the best because it contained a) full glass windows with stunning views, b) not that many people, and c) a fabulous library.
Me Favourite Library Book
The Vineland Map is from the 15th century, 50 years before Columbus and shows that the Vikings have a much better claim to having “discovered” North America. I like that it shows where we sailed (sort of!).
The Ma and I had one spa day that was divine. Seriously one of the best massages of me life. The massage therapist even brushed me hair which was strange but very soothing. When not getting treatments, I soaked in the heated pool. I loved floating on the waves. The Ma made use of the snow room (!) and sauna and such.
The Dinner View
I had an assigned table due to food allergies. This was what the view looked like at many meals. Plus I had homemade fancy gelato every single night. Yum.
There was artwork all over the ship. Some was original and then there were reproductions of famous pieces. There were sections of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry on many of the walls by the staircases running between decks. Me favourite was scene 56 “The Saxon Army is Cut to Pieces.” Because of this detail:
Another piece was by Kate Jenkins in 2017 called “Hand Sewn Seafood.” It had three panels but this was me favourite.
The Wintergarden and Pool
This pool was on deck seven. I didn’t really care about the pool but what I loved was sitting there on the last night of the trip because it had a retractable roof. I lounged and watched the sun set over Greenwich.
Thus ends the weekly posts about the trip into the Midnight Sun. But don’t worry, this Captain will have other ports to share in the future. Arrrr!
x The Captain
Side note: The Wayfair Wednesday featured image (source) is of two sailing vessels “dressed overall” with their international signal flags. Signal flags are the flags used to contact other ships. Well unless ye be a pirate in which case the Jolly Roger and yer cannons speak well enough. A ship dressed overall “consists of stringing international maritime signal flags on a ship from stemhead to masthead, from masthead to masthead and then down to the taffrail. It is a sign of celebration, and is done for occasions, anniversaries, and events, whether national, local or personal.” (source) Well, Wayfare Wednesday is certainly a celebration, occasion, and event no matter how ye look at it. Arrrrr!