We departed Southampton and followed Norwegian Prima out of the port and into the English Channel. This seven night cruise was the third and final part of our "Three Cunard Queens" holiday and took us to the majestic fjords of southern Norway.
This ship is in great shape and the interior is opulent and elegant throughout. We noticed that exterior handrails were very weathered and required re-varnishing. On deck 10 some handrails had been removed and replaced by yellow tape. This looked very tacky and a little dangerous. Presumably they were being repaired or varnished.
Dining in the main restaurant was enjoyable and the food was very good. Our any-time dining meant we could turn up when we chose and we usually opted to be seated at a table of six or eight. Service from the wait staff was a little disorganized at times. Food in the King's Court buffet was plentiful and the quality was great. Our main watering holes were the Golden Lion Pub and the Commodore Club. Unfortunately service was very slow in both venues with long wait times for drinks to arrive. On QE and QM2 our drinks always came with complimentary chips (crisps) but on QV we had to ask for them.
By chance we were allocated a corner stateroom on deck 6 with a balcony about twice the usual size. The extra area was welcome but a trade off is a lack of privacy. We could see into other balconies and they could see us. The stateroom was spotlessly clean and serviced twice daily. Everything was in good working order. The container of cotton tips and cotton balls we had on QE and QM2 was not provided on this ship; was this just on oversight in our stateroom? There is plenty of hanging and storage space and a complimentary bottle of French sparkling wine was in the fridge. The bed is comfortable and the sheets and pillows are luxurious. An electric jug is provided, along with tea, coffee and cookies. Two chocolates appeared on our pillows each night. Cunard don't do towel animals.
We took a shore excursion to the Loen Skylift which is a short bus ride from Olden. The skylift is a remarkable engineering achievement and the ride is a thrilling experience. At the top of the mountain there is a visitor center and café. There are also hiking trails and magnificent views on a clear day.