Cunard V309 Fjords 2013: Queen Victoria Cruise Review by Ceciljag

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Cunard V309 Fjords 2013

Sail Date: June 2013
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
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., More 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. Less

Published 07/30/13

Cabin review: Q3 Penthouse

The stateroom was a Penthouse suite, midships. Easy to find, ample storage room, good bathroom, good balcony. Two televisions and dvd-player as per normal, and of course a well-stocked bar.The luggage was delivered extremely quickly (best yet) on embarkation day; and throughout our cruise our butler was absolutely wonderful (but we knew her from previous voyages). Being midships and Deck 6 the stateroom was in a quiet location, and the close proximity to lifts and stairway was a bonus and there was no noise at all.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Easy to get into town by foot - plenty to see and do, and the best part of all was the old sidestreets and the old buildings.
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It was GERAINGER, not Flam - apologies. Gerainger is an absolute jewel of a place, plenty to do - but to get the best out of Gerainger people need to be able to walk up steep hills. The wildflowers by the waterfall were great and there was plenty to do in and around this village. The shops were well stocked covering a wide price range, and the various cafes etc were well run and a good price. The scenery is stunning, and the sail-in/sail-out provides views we just can't forget.
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