From the moment we drove into Ocean Terminal at Southampton everything was great. C and PS parking service was speedy and stress-free, followed by an efficient and pleasant check-in and embarkation.
The seas were calm throughout the voyage, and the crew were superb. The weather ashore was really good too - not too hot, not too cold. There was a very short shower of rain during the time in Bergen, but as we were indoors at the time we missed it!
The sparkling destinations for us just have to be Gerainger (what a jewel of a place) and the Bryggen area (but behind the frontage) of Bergen. Just to see the sunshine glinting off the myriad of waterfalls, rivers and lakes is something we just won't get tired of. Finding the wildflowers in profusion at this time of year (previously been to the Fjords later in the year) was a big bonus, and this gave great photo opportunities.
We quickly became heartily tired of and fed up with the never-ending Troll souvenirs etc., and we were wary of the infamous knitwear - which on closer inspection could be seen to be not handmade.
We had just one excursion and once we were ashore there was no mistake that the tourguide had just one intent - to get people to spend money in one particular shop in his home town! So, the excursion wasn't for us a big success, but that is not Cunard's fault; and the trick was to ignore the tourguide and enjoy the beautiful scenery - the soaring hillsides, the fabulous waterfalls and the unforgettable views. On future cruises we'll pack a set of headphones and play some suitable music just in case we get a repeat performance from a guide.
As ever, Queen Victoria was a delight, the food was wonderful and special dietary requirements were provided seamlessly.