Norwegian Star and Albatros
After a fantastic summer season in Bergen it was business as usual today, as two of the final cruise ships to call this year were greeted with grey skies and an afternoon of heavy rain.
Alongside at Bontelabo was Norwegian Star. Not a frequent visitor to the city, her arrival brought over 2,300 extra visitors.
|Norwegian Star alongside at Bontelabo, Bergen|
Originally laid down as Superstar Libra in 2000, the acquisition of Norwegian Cruise Line by Star Cruises lead to her being transferred during construction and renamed Norwegian Star.
|Norwegian Star's central section|
|Norwegian Star alongside in Bergen under cloudy skies|
Since entering service in 2001, Norwegian Star's career has not been without incident.
Issues with her azipod propulsion system have previously caused delays and cancellations.
|Norwegian Star in Bergen|
|Norwegina Star's superstructure towers over the quayside at Bontelabo|
|A pedestrian walkway leads to the gangway|
During a refit in 2004, Norwegian Star gained her instantly recognisable hull art, now a common feature of the ships across the NCL fleet.
|Norwegian Star's hull art may not be to everyone's taste, but it did bring some colour to a dull, rainy day|
With a gross tonnage of just under 92,000 and a length of 294m, Norwegian Star is a relatively attractive ship. Her profile is helped by her steeply raked forward superstructure and well-proportioned funnel.
|The paint design continues across Norwegian Star's bows|
|Norwegian Star seen from Skolten terminal, Bergen|
|Norwegian Star in Bergen, Norway|
With Norwegian Star due to depart at 19:00 I was unable to stay to watch the sailaway. However, she sailed on time and passed through Byfjorden to Ålesund, her next port of call.
Also in Bergen today was Albatros, operated by Phoenix Reisen, docked at Skolten Syd. The following photos show her departing Bergen and heading under the Askøy bridge.
|Phoenix Reisen's Albatros makes her way through Byfjorden on her departure from Bergen|
|Albatros passing under the Askøy bridge|
After a wet afternoon in Bergen, Albatros sailed on to Kristiansand to continue her current cruise.