We chose this cruise because it visited the fjords and other ports in Norway up to the North Cape. Embarkation was the smoothest and fastest we have ever experienced and same was true for disembarkation. The ship looked fine to us, yes it needs some updating but not a big deal. We were in one of the few mini-suites that had a roof, aft on Emerald deck (E721). The cabin was great! I worried about vibration, excessive movement, or noise from Club Fusion below --- none of my fears materialized.
The Main Dining experience was excellent. Our Server and Assistant were friendly, jovial and quick to discern if we did not like our selection and to offer something different. This is the first cruise where we looked forward to the delicious meals each night.
The buffet was OK but what made it special was the smiling friendly service. Immediately upon sitting down, we were asked if we wanted something to drink. Unlike other cruise lines that make you go to the drink station yourself. The Int'l cafe on Deck 5 was a favorite option if the buffet was crowded. Room Service was great for breakfast or lunch. Service throughout the ship was stellar and we were always greeted with a friendly smile and hello when we passed a crew member.
This was one of the few mini suites with a roof on Emerald Deck. Most of the mini suites are on Dophin Deck with no roof and open to the elements. We loved the cabin -- no vibration or excessive movement or noise. The only downside is it involves a lot of walking since we were way aft. We were however close to our dining room and by elevator up to the buffet.
Visited the Oil museum and the Sardine museum. Both were very interesting and can be done on your own
Very walkable. We took the bus to Stegastein viewpoint and return. Then walked in Fretheim cultural park up to the viewpoint.
Walked to town via the pedestrian bridge. Visited Nidaros Cathedral and Archbishops palace to view Crown Jewels. Then walked across the old, picturesque bridge and up to the Kristiansen Fort with its great views. A lot of walking but a fun day.
Very walkable. Walked to Mt. Aksla and climbed the 400 plus steps to the viewpoint. Great views, nice restaurant and outside tables. We were going to book the trolley train tour that included the mtn top to avoid the steps but they were completely booked for the day.
We booked tickets for the funicular in advance. There is a lot to do at the top -- hiking trails etc as well as all the views. Then just walked and looked in the old buildings along the waterfront. Unfortunately the time in this port is very short and it required taking a shuttle bus from the ship to the downtown area which subtracted even more time.