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When we chose this cruise our primary criteria was the itinerary, but there is plenty of choice of cruise ships going to the Norwegian Fjords. Secondary considerations was a large, modern enough ship so that we would not be too effected if there were rough seas crossing the North Sea. We also looked for value for money, expecting excellent service and food. As we left Southampton the captain warned us that storms were expected, but Navigator of the Seas dealt with it well and we were not effected by motion sickness. No doubt it helped that we slept through the worse of the weather during the first night. The ports that we visited were as beautiful as we had anticipated. It was a pity that we did not get into Bergen until midday, as by then it was very crowded. Also we were moored further way from the centre of the town than other ships and had to be shuttled out of the port by complementary buses. There was still a walk from there to the centre, normally for us this would not be a problem, but as it was raining it was not very pleasant. Olden was really beautiful, we took the local bus to the Briksdal Glacier and the scenery on the way was stunning. On the night before we docked at each port a simple map was put with the daily Compass. When we arrived in Alesund we went to the Guest Service desk to check that the star on the map was where we had docked. From my research prior to the cruise I had thought we were docking elsewhere, but as the staff on the ship confirmed the map, so we tried to follow it. We got confused and soon realised that the ship was not docked where marked. Fortunately we sorted it out quickly but were not impressed that we were given wrong information. We did not dock at Stavanger until 9.30am, which might have been too late to independently take the boat trip up the fjord to Pulpit Rock, which is timetabled to leave at 10am, but the ferry operator put on extra boats for us. Apart from the incorrect information from Guest Services on Alesund, our expectation of excellent service was met in full. Our cabin was always kept clean by the steward, and our waiter for our evening meal was very good – friendly and attentive. The wine waiter was not so efficient, but nothing significant. I was somewhat disappointed by the quality of the food in the Sapphire Dining Room in the evening, although when it was open at lunchtime during sea days the salad bar and deserts were gorgeous. We did not attend many of the activities organised on board, but the Ice Show was brilliant and we also enjoyed the Beatles Celebration show. Overall we were very pleased with the cruise and felt we had made a good choice in booking this cruise

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Navigator of the Seas Cruise Review by Jannergirl

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When we chose this cruise our primary criteria was the itinerary, but there is plenty of choice of cruise ships going to the Norwegian Fjords. Secondary considerations was a large, modern enough ship so that we would not be too effected if there were rough seas crossing the North Sea. We also looked for value for money, expecting excellent service and food.

As we left Southampton the captain warned us that storms were expected, but Navigator of the Seas dealt with it well and we were not effected by motion sickness. No doubt it helped that we slept through the worse of the weather during the first night.

The ports that we visited were as beautiful as we had anticipated. It was a pity that we did not get into Bergen until midday, as by then it was very crowded. Also we were moored further way from the centre of the town than other ships and had to be shuttled out of the port by complementary buses. There was still a walk from there to the centre, normally for us this would not be a problem, but as it was raining it was not very pleasant. Olden was really beautiful, we took the local bus to the Briksdal Glacier and the scenery on the way was stunning.

On the night before we docked at each port a simple map was put with the daily Compass. When we arrived in Alesund we went to the Guest Service desk to check that the star on the map was where we had docked. From my research prior to the cruise I had thought we were docking elsewhere, but as the staff on the ship confirmed the map, so we tried to follow it. We got confused and soon realised that the ship was not docked where marked. Fortunately we sorted it out quickly but were not impressed that we were given wrong information.

We did not dock at Stavanger until 9.30am, which might have been too late to independently take the boat trip up the fjord to Pulpit Rock, which is timetabled to leave at 10am, but the ferry operator put on extra boats for us.

Apart from the incorrect information from Guest Services on Alesund, our expectation of excellent service was met in full. Our cabin was always kept clean by the steward, and our waiter for our evening meal was very good – friendly and attentive. The wine waiter was not so efficient, but nothing significant. I was somewhat disappointed by the quality of the food in the Sapphire Dining Room in the evening, although when it was open at lunchtime during sea days the salad bar and deserts were gorgeous.

We did not attend many of the activities organised on board, but the Ice Show was brilliant and we also enjoyed the Beatles Celebration show.

Overall we were very pleased with the cruise and felt we had made a good choice in booking this cruise
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Cabin 3029
Although an inside cabin this was big enough for us. There was a sofa as well as desk/dressing table and chair. A good shower with proper shower screen. There was enough space for our clothes. A kettle was in the cabin and the steward kept replenishing milk and tea.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Alesund
    We climbed the 418 steps to Mt Aksla and the views were worth the effort. We took it slowly with frequent stops to admire the view. There were lots of seats on the way up to rest and we were glad we went there first before it was too crowded so we could take our time. We walked down the winding path through woodland and that was very pleasant.

    The old town was very pretty. Some of the museums and boat trips were not open for the season yet.
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  • Bergen
    It was raining with low cloud, so we realised that it would not be worth going up the funicular to Mt Floyen, which was disappointing. Others obviously had the same thought and the town was very crowded. We discovered there was free wifi in the tourist information centre so spent some time sitting there catching up with emails!
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  • Southampton
    Embarkation was very slow, but disembarkation smooth and fast.
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  • Stavanger
    We took the ferry boat to Pulpit Rock. The boat went from the other side of the harbour to where Navigator was moored. We bought tickets at the dockside. One boat was already full before we had bought our tickets, but they put on another boat. It was very pleasant boat trip, restful with lovely scenery.

    Stavanger was a bigger town than other places we stopped at. There were more 'ordinary' shops ie not just tourist ones. We were there on a Saturday and there was a market in the centre of the town, I don't know if that was just on a Saturday.

    We had a very pleasant walk around a park with lake and fountain, just on the edge of the town centre.
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