Today Bergen did what it does best; delivering all four seasons in a single day. At the mercy of the wind, torrential downpours, and occasional sunny patches were the passengers on board Thomson Celebration.
Built as Noordam, she entered service in 1984 for Holland America Line, and enjoyed a long, successful, and relatively uneventful career. In 2005 she left the HAL fleet, was placed under long-term charter to the UK-based Thomson Cruises, and renamed Thomson Celebration.
She now sails a variety of itineraries along with her sister ship (and original fleetmate) Thomson Spirit (featured on this blog here, on a much sunnier afternoon).
Thomson Celebration has a length of 215m, a gross tonnage of 33,933 and can accommodate up to 1350 passengers and 520 crew.
The following photos show Thomson Celebration as she came alongside at Skolten Nord this morning.