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This was our lucky day in Norway, sunshine at last! We could make a boat trip on the famous fjord at Geiranger and enjoy all the famous views. There will be more pictures later!

Geiranger is a small tourist town in the western part of Norway in the region called Sunnmre in the municipality of Stranda. It lies at the head of the Geirangerfjord, which is a branch of the Storfjord. The nearest city is lesund. Geiranger is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and has been named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. Since 2005, the Geirangerfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This third biggest cruise-ship port receives 140 - 180 ships during the four-month tourist season. Several hundred thousand people pass through every summer, and tourism is the main business for the 250 people who live there permanently. There are five hotels and over ten camping sites. The tourist season stretches from May to early September; in the off-season the pace and activity are reduced to that of a normal small Norwegian town.

This is MS Deutschland, a German-registered cruise ship owned and operated by Peter Deilmann Cruises and registred at Neustadt in Holstein. She is decorated in the Art Deco style made famous by such classic ocean liners as the SS Ile de France and SS Normandie. The Deutschland was launched in 1998. She carries 513 passengers and 260 crew members. She has a gross tonnage (GT) of 22,400 tons and has seven passenger accessible decks.

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