Some background detail first of all.
P&O has been our cruise company of choice but I have been trying other cruise lines to review for my travel blog.
This cruise was a long awaited return, after just over a year away from P&O
A typical P&O Balcony cabin .... big enough for two but not massive it served the purpose.
The balcony was adequate and a good bolt hole.
There were enough hangers for all our clothes.
The cabin was clean
Stavanger is a charming port with most of the attractions in walking distance of the ship.
The town is easy to explore nd if you don't want to venture outside the town centre there is no need to book a tour.
Travellers beware - this is one of those locations where P&O will try and rip you off.
The main attraction is the Flam scenic railway and it is well worth the ride.
P&O charge £98 for this excursion they also charge for children of all ages.
We booked the railway trip ourselves independently before we set off and paid £78 each for adults and the children under six travelled free.
The station is in walking distance of the ship, so no coach costs - how do P&O justify the mark up.
More importantly how can P&O justify charging for children under the age of six, when thyey travel free on the train? When challeged the excursion, sorry experience (they've been renamed) team responded they have to cover insurance costs and refreshments are provided for the children - that response would be comical if it wasn't so insulting
The P&O tour group were all crammed in a carriage together whilst those of us who booked independently had a choice of carriages, most of which were half full.
A stunninly beautiful village, lovely for walking and also the location where P&O really made my blood boil.
Bascially they lied and deliberately misled customers.
The evening before they announced over the PA they had a new excursion going up the reatively new Loen cable car, making the claim it would be cheaper than purchasing the trip locally - that was incorrect.
Going with P&O actually worked out over 60% more expensive than purchasing locally.
The chair lift organisers offer a free continuous shuttle bus from and to the ship and the cost of the cable car, although still expensive, is cheaper.
Additionally the P&O tour group were all crammed into a single godola, with a limited time at the top, whereas we were able to bide our time and go in a near empty gondola and savour the views, as well as having as long as we wanted at the top.
The sail away from Olden was wonderful, with the town playing farewell music over loud speakers and locals waving us off.
After all the other beautiful places Berfen was a bit of an anti-climax, personally I think it would be preferable to start in Bergen but appreciate, with sailing times, it may not be practica.
Bergen port is a working port and ugly, you need to catch a shuttle bus to reach the port entrance. By and large this worked effeciently with minimal queuing, although later on there were queues to return to the ship.
The town itself is pretty, although quite easy to get lost in.
The funicular is the main attraction however the queues to board were horrendous there were two cruise ships in that day.
The Bryggen area of the town with its painted buildings is also popular but crowded and most of the buildings are tourist traps in an slready expensive country.
The fish market is worth a visit but you may need to take out a bank loan if thinking of buying anything.