Just returned from a 14-day trip to the Shetland Islands, Iceland and Norway. This cruise was hard to review, because so many things were variable.
1. Staff were great. Everyone from the captain on down couldn't have been friendlier or nicer. They went a long way to cover up some negatives that otherwise might nave been glaring (see CONS below).
The Botanical Gardens are a serious hike from the ship, and are not easy to find but they are worth the effort.
I had done a lot of homework on Bergen, and was very excited to get there. However I was not as impressed with the place as I thought I would be. Very touristy, and not particularly interesting. The highlight for me was the private tour I booked with the Edvard Grieg Museum at Troldhaugen: bus picked us up at the Tourist Office by the harbor, drove us out to Grieg's home, where we had a private tour of his house (very nice), time to visit his composing "hut" and his grave, and then a private piano concert in the small concert hall next to his home. It was a Norwegian pianist, who not only played for an hour, but told us a lot about Grieg, his times, his work, and his place in Norwegian musical history. VERY nice tour!