We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Norway on a smaller ship with an itinerary that did not go to Russia. We LOVED this cruise -- especially being on the ship.
All staff (housekeeping, entertainers, musicians, servers, assistant cruise director, cruise director, hotel director) were amazing, friendly, always smiling, and made us feel special and welcomed.
Dining was very enjoyable. Although there are several restaurants, we usually ate breakfast and lunch in the World Cafe and supper in The Restaurant. We were amazed at the food selection at the World Cafe where we always enjoyed lattes. The food everywhere was fresh and delicious, and the service in The Restaurant was superb.
Our cabin was spacious with functional furniture having clean, simple lines. We got some great photos from our veranda in port and during the cruise. The spacious bathroom with heated floor, and Freyja toiletries were nice touches..
Two housekeeping staff looked after our room with perfection, and asked us if there was anything else they could provide.
We found the 8.5 hour excursion to Voss, Geilo & Bergen Railway to be too long. Some of the scenery is spectacular en route to Skjervsfossen Waterfall. Buffet lunch at Fleischer's Hotel had a wide variety of food to select from. The Vøringsfossen Waterfall near Fossli Hotel was the highlight of our trip. This excursion had a wide variety of scenery ranging from beautiful scenery near Ulvik to tundra like views in the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.
The Gothenburg Panorama excursion was a bus tour that went over the 3,060-foot-long Alvsborg Bridge and past some local landmarks. After a photo stop by the sculpture of the Greek god Poseidon created by Carl Milles in 1923, we visited Gustav Adolfs Square, named after the city’s founder. En route back to our ship we stopped at a lovely quaint church for some photos.
We toured the Voergaard Manor House which is a beautifully maintained Renissance manor house with a private art collection, fabuous antiques and pieces of furniture. We started the tour by visiting the dungeon, and finished the tour in a large room upstairs with a light snack featuring a glass of Péan wine from the count’s own winery.