Oriana to Norway OK ~ pretty much as expected: Oriana Cruise Review by reluctant.cruiser

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Oriana to Norway OK ~ pretty much as expected

Sail Date: May 2013
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
Oriana Southampton to Norway

Cabin with balcony very good. Worth the extra cost to us.
All staff excellent; very friendly, both cabin and meals.

Food OK, lots of it, but pretty feeble on the whole.
Resteraunt very noisy due to vibration just over prop; cabins near the back may well be pretty bad too. We ate at Al Fresco a lot.
Conservatory seems to have been themed to capture all the ambiance of a motorway service station.

Entertainment mixed; mostly pretty bad, one good band, one excellent comedian (Grumbleweed) and a good talk.
Headliners had lots of colourful costumes, but not much variety (high kicks and relentlessly similar tempo and volume)

Our main point was to get conveniently to Norway fjords.
Choose late seating for Norway. We chose early.
Cruise into fjords very early, so need to get up at 5:00 to see it.
Cruse out quite late (around 18:00) so need to skip formal early dining to see More it.
BUT that did leave a long day in fjords; much more chance for walking than we had expected, very good.

We skipped most trips (very expensive; eg £30 for 2 hour walking tour!). We did take trip to the Briksdal glacier, also expensive at around £50 each for coach (25km each way) but worth it. Might have been able to do it independently, but ...

Not too reassuring to see the tender (also lifeboat) crew looking up their instructions on a bit of paper and taking half a dozen goes to secure a shackle. Or that one of the other tender/lifeboats engine didn't work.

Stavanger; very quiet on Sunday, quite a nice little place. Oil museum quite interesting; but not a must. Sardine cannery sounded interesting, we didn't go.

Geirangerfjord: very impressive scenery and a good walk half way up the hill to a viewpoint. Interesting to see a frozen waterfall unfreeze into an avalanche and then a waterfall. Shame it rained most of the day ~ but we are used to Scottish holidays so we didn't mind too much.

Olden: trip to see glacier. Very impressive and somehow mesmorizing. We were lucky with the weather and timing; the clouds came down as we were walking away from it. Less

Published 05/10/13

Cabin review: DCB115

Well laid out, comfortable. Very good to have balcony. Reasonably large (next door still complained smaller than expected; so just check the size according to your criterion).

Port and Shore Excursions

We skipped the trip and took the FLØIBANEN FUNICULAR up then walked down. Fairly detailed map available at top station, and we had downloaded detailed map onto iPad for Openstreetmap beforehand. This allowed us to find a very pretty path down the back way; quite steep, we wished we were still in our walking boots. Amazing coming down the river in lovely scenery until only 1/2 mile form the boat. And some lovely old houses in that 1/2 mile too. Others who had been in the town really enjoyed it as well; several said they would have liked longer there (we were there from about 9:00 till 15:00)
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