The Constellation, while obviously aging, was clean and operating well for our cruise up the coast of Norway to the North Cape (above the Arctic Circle). The room attendants and meal service staff were all personable, attentive and responsive. Captain Tasos was very engaged with the guests and shipboard activities. The food was very good, not outstanding, and presented well. My wife thought the entertainment was good, especially enjoying the game shows. This, plus beautiful scenery and some wonderful weather (about half the days, anyway) made the cruise a memorable one.
We only purchased one Celebrity excursion (in Honningsvag) and wished we had done our own thing there also. Below are some of our suggestions for the Norwegian ports we visited.
Stavanger. Purchased an excursion to Lysefjord in the harbor for half the cost of the same excursion available through Celebrity. The price was reasonable and the guided tour of Lysefjord was very good. We suggest you get off the boat as soon as possible, walk to the town side of the port, and book a cruise with the Rodne Fjord Cruise boat. They will give you an up close view of a classic Norwegian fjord. Stavanger is a nice town and entirely walkable. The cathedral, an interesting destination, is located near the port and next to the Tourist Information office. There is free internet at the town library, the McDonalds nearby and the Burger King in the port.
The Constellation, while obviously aging, was clean and operating well for our cruise up the coast of Norway to the North Cape (above the Arctic Circle). The room attendants and meal service staff were all personable, attentive and responsive.
We rented a car from Hertz and picked it up conveniently at the port. We drove to Mt. Dalsnibba ahead of the significant bus traffic (get out early!) up the switchbacks (63 South) only to find that the mountaintop was socked in with clouds/fog - zero visibility. After confirming that we could drive back up the mountain with our original ticket, we drove through a couple of picturesque fjords and valleys to Hellesylt (63 South to 15 West to 60 East). Olden might have been another good destination. The scenery was worth the drive and on our return we climbed Mt. Dalsnibba again for, this time, a beautiful view of the Geirangerfjord. If we had purchased the morning excursion, we not have been able to see the marvelous view captured on our second visit to the top of Dalsnibba. We still had more time before disembarkation so we continued on 63 North passed Geiranger to catch the view of Geirangerfjord from the north side of the fjord.
The city is very walkable. We enjoyed the Hakon Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower (ask for a tour in English). We walked the Bryggen area and the Fishmarkt. We started to climb up Mt. Floren but turned around about half way up for lunch in the Fishmarkt. We enjoyed some fresh seafood (king crab and whale) in the Fishmarkt but it was pricey. Following lunch we rode the light rail out to see the Stavekirke. It is a replica of a stave church moved to this site some time ago. It was a questionable value.