We treated ourselves to a Getaway in Queens Grill so had priority embarkation as did our friends who were travelling with us but in Balcony accommodation, we left our car with the parking service as usual and were very speedily on the ship and found a lovely spotless cabin in a superb position deck 5 right by the lifts but not noisy at all, walk in shower, large whirlpool bath, separate basin and toilet, comfortable bed, great balcony, very roomy. Our butler was marvellous very unobtrusive and highly efficient, tea served on the balcony, hot aperitifs' in the cabin when we gave a small party for some friends who were also aboard, nothing was too much trouble, we were made to feel so welcome.
The food in the Queens Grill was superb, served exactly to our requirements, very attentive waiters, can't criticise anything, we asked at times for things not on the menu and they were supplied with a smile very promptly.
The entertainment we saw was also good - we particularly liked the comedian who was genuinely very funny. The Astronomy talks were very good too but numbers attending suffered from competition from Wimbledon I think
This is a lovely ship - not too big, personally I am not keen on the bigger ships, where there always seem to be queues.
We had a walk round Stavanger but think it might have been worth taking the hop on and off bus and covering a wider area.
We had a Cunard trip in Olden which was alas boring and pretty grim it involved a coach trip alongside a river and lake to a place with a view of the glacier in the far distance, a cold damp boat ride down the same lake and in our case a long cold wait for the coach to return us to the ship, the guide seemed very bored with the whole process, as I suspect were 95% of the trippers.
Geiranger is beautiful - we had not been there before - we booked on a bus locally and it climbed the steep zig zag road up the side of fjord to a wonderful view point, definitely worth it - you would need to be pretty fit to walk up there I would have thought.
In Bergen we had booked a Cunard trip in the cable car, charming guide and Cunard representative on this one, very entertaining, worth going to the top for the view again, we got off the coach at fish market and made some essential purchases Moose and Reindeer Salami amongst them, and then walked back to the Ship in time for afternoon tea. Afternoon tea did provide some queues in the Ballroom but everyone got seated in the end.
All in all - we had a wonderful time and are really looking forward to our next venture