We have just returned from a wonderful cruise starting in Newcastle and going to the North Cape in Norway.
The first two days were at sea, allowing us to relax. We then called at the Loften Islands before going on to Honningsvag and the North Cape. Our return trip was on the 'inside passage' between the islands along the Norwegian coast to Bergen, before the final cruise back to Newcastle. This was only possible because it was a small cruise ship.
The staff on board were absolutely wonderful and responded immediately to any requests. The food was excellent and there was even a simple menu which was available every day for anyone who did not fancy anything on the menu. We never needed it.
Perfectly adequate room with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. Very near to the exit for disembarking at most ports of call.
The experience at Newcastle was very good. The staff quickly unloaded our car and delivered our suitcases to our cabin.
The one downside is the car park. It is usually Â£12 per day, but this is reduced to Â£9 per day for Fred Olsen passengers. It seems very expensive at Â£108 for the 12 day cruise but the costs go to the port authority. A coach from Newcastle costs Â£30 return for each passenger so is not a lot cheaper.
We took the Norway in a Nutshell tour which lasted 9 hours. This was an incredible tour involving coach and two train journeys. We went through some incredible scenery, had a wonderful lunch at a spectacular hotel, went down the steepest road in Norway and travelled on the famous Fram railway, the steepest 'normal' trainline in Europe.
A very expensive day but well worth the money and not to be missed.