I have been wanting to see London, and also Norway (The Fiords) for quite awhile. I was going to do a land tour, but since my health is now working against me sometimes, I realize that I need to slow down (74ys), and a widower on top of it. I love the people of Great Britain as they are polite and have a special way to be proud, so I put all of that together and I decided to sail on the newest ship and also visit the Norway coast and Fiords. I arrived early so I could spend 4 days visiting London and having a great time. I had to find a way to get to Southampton, but it is only about 2 to 2 1/2 hours from my hotel near the Victoria Bus Station to the station in Southampton in a comfortable bus.
The crew of the ship were polite and efficient and took my luggage and got me on the ship very fast. The ship was beautiful, and my table mates were so nice, as they were from all over England, but did not hesitate to include me in all the festivities.
The entertainment was excellent and the music and dancing was just wonderful. The food gave me a chance to sample British style, and I really loved it.
We had to cross the North Sea to get to Norway, and the water was calm as a lake and I was glad as it could be rough if there were storms.
We stopped at the main locations and had great tours as we headed toward our last stop in Bergen. The country was lovely and the Norwegian people are alos polite and glad to see everyone as we got to explore the views and shops.
This was definitely a trip to remember. I was glad I sailed on the P&O line and someday will go back and sample other ships from the line. When we disembarked on the last day, I was amazed how smooth and fast, and how they had people in the large terminal area where you picked up your suitcases who were able to assist you and get you out very
fast. I must say Great Ship and Captain and all the crew I met were the best personally and efficiently.
I was at the rear of the ship in an inside cabin. I like it always as it is dark and I sleep better. the interior was nice and fresh and of course the bathroom and shower were great. No matter when I turned on the water.... I could get hot water.! The stewards were polite and friendly. Also, amazing there were no engine noises or shaking at all. Gotta love the British!!
I took tours every day from the same bus terminal every day and covered most of England, from one day the north, then the center, and finally the east. Enjoyed meeting other travelers from many countries on the buses.