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Monday 5:00 pm. The Captain announces over the public address system that Jewel of the Seas will sail from Oslo a little later than planned because our pilot is stuck in traffic. No worries, the Ellini Duo entertains all on the Pool Deck with contemporary pop music and waiters roam the decks with trays full of appetizing looking cocktails. Suddenly, the ship's whistle is sounded and slowly we move away from the quay. Accompanied by sailing boats of all shapes and sizes our floating hotel glides past lighthouses, wooden houses and granite cliffs - sailing down the Oslo fjord is always wonderful.

Proudly displaying RCI's Norwegian heritage
Sailing down the Oslo Fjord

When it starts to get cold and windy out on deck, we move inside and order a piping hot cup of Seattle's Best at Latte-tudes, Jewel's seagoing coffee bar. Overlooking the Centrum on deck 5, Latte-tudes is a great addition to the Radiance Class vessels, offering all forms of caffeine plus cakes, scones and other snacks. The food is free of charge; coffee costs extra here...

With its deep, comfortable sofas, the buzz of the busy Centrum area at arm's length and floor to ceiling windows, Latte-tudes is a very popular hangout during the day. Condensed versions of some of the world's major newspapers can be picked up here, while four Internet stations offer around the clock Internet access at a reasonable fee of US$ 0.50 per minute. If you want some more privacy while checking your e-mail and can do without the gorgeous views of the sea from floor to ceiling windows, there are many more PC's available up on deck 7 in the Royal Caribbean Online area.  

Latte-tudes

On deck 6 directly overlooking the Centrum on one side and the sea on the other, you will find the classy Champagne Bar. The room sports an understated pastel look with blonde woods and a low sit-down bar. During the day, the Champagne Bar serves as a prime lookout spot. At night, corks pop and the bubbly is brought out. Cheers!

Seaview Café

Aker Bryge shopping complex
The Oslo Fjord

Pearl of Scandinavia leaves for Copenhagen

We set sail from Oslo

Sailing down the Oslo Fjord

Champagne Bar

Champagne Bar
Latte-tudes

Latte-tudes

Champagne Bar

Latte-tudes
Latte-tudes

Latte-tudes

 

All photos and text: © 2004 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

This Cruise Review was first published on May 30th, 2004