My husband and I had the opportunity to go away without the children and found this cruise with 8 days notice. I had always wanted to go to the Fjords so finding this cruise was perfect.
We had a balcony cabin which was very nice.
I was a little worried about going on this ship having spoken to someone a few days before and they said they weren’t that impressed. Having been with Princess cruises 3 months earlier, we wondered if we had made the right decision. We needn’t have worried at all!
The food was incredible.we had freedom dining so we just queued up and had a buzzy thing which went off when our table was ready. We sat on table for 2 the first night but we had then been told that the larger tables clear quicker so you don’t have to wait as long. From then on we sat on larger tables each night and met some really lovely people.
Entertainment was also excellent on board.
Disembarkation took a while. We were told to go to the theatre and they cleared the front rows first which is fine but when people just come in after you and take the empty seats at the front which has already been cleared, it’s highly annoying when you’ve been sat there for 30 mins waiting.
The only real complaint we had was the guy on the excursion desk. Tours were fully booked as we had booked the holiday late and most of the time depending on the tour, are happy to do our own thing. We asked if there was an independent company ashore doing the boat trip in Stavanger. We were told no, you have to go on the p&o organised tours as there was nothing available in port. We had no option anyway so we just walked round the port and 50yards from the ship there was a company selling boat tours.
The cabin was lovely. Nicely decorated and a nice size for the two of us. We did think that the balcony was small compared to our previous cruise on the sapphire princess but it wasn’t a problem.
We took a private excursion . A 3 hour cruise around the Fjords to pulpit rock (the weather was awful and the rock was covered in cloud!) Nice trip nonetheless
A stunning port of call. Beautiful scenery. Due to the weather we decided to walk up to the glacier as the cable car was covered in cloud. We booked this in the office next door to where the ship had docked. We shared a private taxi with 4 others and taken to the start of the walk and told what time he would be back to collect us. The walk took around 1 hour or so (I stopped to take lots of pictures) and about 45 minutes to come back down. You didn’t need to be that fit to walk it as it wasn’t steep all the way up in fact some of it was flat for a bit. You can however take a troll car up/down most of the way.
The glacier was stunning! Lots of waterfalls on the way up too.
Beautiful town. We decided to walk up the steps to the top which overlooks the town and the view was incredible. There was a cafe at the top but you had to pay to get in so we didn’t bother. After we went down we went to see “the house that didn’t burn” We assumed we would just take a photo and then leave but it’s actually been turned into a museum which is free. We had a free tour round and listened to the interesting stories. There is a lovely cafe inside so we stayed for a coffee and cake. We had dry weather this day so we had a walk around the harbour area