We continue to steam south tonight (is that correct with Diesel engines?) and the skies are partly cloudy and the Arctic Ocean is like glass. You would think we were in the Caribbean, except for the air temperature.
The weather looks downright balmy in Bergen and Copenhagen as we wind down this cruise in a few more days. We have three more ports (Harstad, Bergen and Kristiansand) and another day at sea Friday, before we end in Copenhagen Monday and fly home Tuesday.
We have enjoyed this cruise very, very much and have many highlights to share, but we are reaching our limits on interactions with fellow passengers. I have taken the Myers-Briggs personality test several times (so has Steve) and we always get characterized as “extroverts”, which means we derive our energy from other people. We are more and more skeptical about this result and may take the test again when we get home, because all of the social interactions and constant niceties and small talk can be very tiring. Eighteen days is not a bad length for a cruise, but I think our maximum limit is probably 30-35 days at any given time. Today, Oceania started booking a 180-day around the world voyage in 2015 on a sister ship, Insignia. Apparently, it is selling very well and they may not have to sell segments or if they do offer them, the segments will have limited availability. Amazing that there are still people with that kind of money and time.