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Exploring the natural majesty of Norway

Review for Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Sky Princess
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Poipu04
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023
Cabin: Balcony

This was our first cruise on Princess, although we have cruised many times on NCL and RCCL. The itinerary and price is what attracted us to this particular cruise of the Norwegian fjords. Overall, we were not disappointed.

We took care of our flights, hotel and transportation ourselves. We flew into LHR and took the excellent BlackBerry Car service (a private car with driver). We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Southampton overnight pre-cruise and took a taxi to the port. The Holiday Inn has a dedicated phone to the local taxi service.

The embarkation was chaotic, and the line for checking luggage spiraled outside the sheltered area into the rain and around the block. We were confused as to the check in process and local custom re: porters. After asking several porters whether we needed to stand in the long line in the rain, we could not get a clear answer. Finally, a porter offered to check our bags for us, and we tipped him (after he offered to help). I believe this saved us a substantial amount of time.

Cabin Review

Balcony

The cabin was a decent size, with a huge closet. There is no couch in a standard balcony, just one chair at the desk area. The balcony was great with two chairs and a small table. The room was adjoining but was very quiet.

Port Reviews

Bergen

Excellent port but the ship was only there from 7 to 1. There wasn’t enough time. We went on the funicular, booked on our own. We also visited the museum of the resistance movement in WW2, Bergenhus Fortress Museum (free). We walked through the fish market and old Bryggen. We shopped and ate a reindeer sausage. There is a free shuttle to the center of town, but we walked (about 30 minutes or so). Be aware of the extremely high prices (such as a $690 scarf that was not a designer scarf).

Haugesund

We booked a RIB tour through Viking Adventures on our own and at a great savings. It was the highlight of the entire trip. The captain slowed down to narrate what we were seeing and to allow us to take pictures. Gorgeous! We bought lovely handmade knitted items from a local knitting club at Haraldagaten 143. That being said, unless you book a tour, the city doesn’t have too much to offer if you just walk around.

Olden

Fantastically beautiful! We booked on our own the Loen Lake and Glacier tour from Olden adventures and also the RIB tour. Each tour was excellent. The Loen lake tour was beautiful and scenic, with a stop at a cafe on the lake and complimentary Norwegian waffles with jam and tea or coffee. We also walked to a viewing area for a glacier and abundant water falls. The RIB tour was around the harbor and was great fun.

Skjolden

If you want to do a tour, you must book in advance. There was no opportunity for walk up bookings. We walked to Asafossen waterfall in the heavy rain. It was still gorgeous and magical. It is about 2 km from the center of town and an easy walk. There is a supermarket where you can buy Norwegian candies, etc.

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