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8 Norwegian Fjords Repositioning Cruise Reviews

I thought you may like some feedback on our recent cruise in June 2018 to the Midnight Sun on TUI new ship Marella Discovery. We have been cruising with Thompson’s (TUI) since 2004 and have booked in excess of ten cruise trips with ... Read More
I thought you may like some feedback on our recent cruise in June 2018 to the Midnight Sun on TUI new ship Marella Discovery. We have been cruising with Thompson’s (TUI) since 2004 and have booked in excess of ten cruise trips with TUI. This is our second cruise with TUI in 2018. The ship is beautiful, with excellent recreation facilities, entertainment and lounge and bar service. In general, the facilities, bar and lounge staff were excellent. The two main areas that we were not too pleased with was the supervision and service provided in the Gallery 47 Restaurant and Island Restaurant. Maitr'd seldom visible did not help out. We eventually moved away from these facilities of the Gallery 47 and Island Restaurants and used the excellent facilities and food at the Black Rock Grill, Glass House, which was well supervised by Mr Anthony Tapiador, the Head Waiter and his most pleasant staff. I would recommend this excellent facility for your meals. Look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was my 2nd time on a NCL ship. My first memorable experience with Jewel and impressive service from NCL Sydney office were the reasons for my 2nd time. This particular trip was arranged as all of us had not been to Norway. From ... Read More
This was my 2nd time on a NCL ship. My first memorable experience with Jewel and impressive service from NCL Sydney office were the reasons for my 2nd time. This particular trip was arranged as all of us had not been to Norway. From the booking to every single arrangement, our NCL consultant, Michelle Farren had been very helpful with her prompt response, despite 17 of us in the group. It was handed over to Hayley, who helped us before we sailed. Awesome service from NCL Sydney office!i never thought would happen to any cruise line due to some past negative experiences. Every day, our cruise ship, Norwegian Jade passed by different mountains. In the early summer, the snow covered mountains and visits to the fairytale lands in Norway warmed my heart during this memorable cruise trip. It's indeed a very beautiful Norwegian Fjords' journey, which all of us had enjoyed very much. We had selected 2 Free at Seas for each cabin. On top of that, we were given the Distinctive Voyages with few more addtional benefits, such as 250 min free wifi, 120 phone call credit that allows us to call any part of the world, another $50 shore credit per port etc. Most of us were busy every day taking part in different shore excursions. Though a few incidents happened on the ship, upon receipt of my comments, its cruuse director & guest services manager had contacted me personally. Service recoveries were offered to my cruise mates and I had received a complimentary wine & chocolates as well. Thanks for the prompt response and I was grateful that my friends were happy before they left the ship. I saw the Carbaret show by the production team onboard and it was really interesting to showcase Broadway musical at the lounge. The Cruise Director and his team had performed a very interesting "Movie Sketch Comedy Show'. Very great teamwork! Among the specialty restaurants, my team mates loved Cagney, Le Bistro, Moderno Churrascaria. Teppanyaki may require some improvements on the skills by the Chef. Grand Pacific, Alizar and Cafe Garden were great! We all love the foods. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
a very nice ship, enough chairs and space in the public rooms, marvellous lounge-bar in front of the ship on deck 7, and in the back on deck 7 there was a lovely coffe bar with nice norwegian furnitures. every day we had very delicious ... Read More
a very nice ship, enough chairs and space in the public rooms, marvellous lounge-bar in front of the ship on deck 7, and in the back on deck 7 there was a lovely coffe bar with nice norwegian furnitures. every day we had very delicious food (excellent fresh fish) and very friendly waiters - we enjoyed it! We also loved the free drinking water, and the wine selection was good, but a bit expensive. The expedition Team (Monica and Rebecca) was excellent! We heard a lot about the nature, the people, the animals, the language - it was very interesting and we just loved it!!! We saw the northern lights and the noth cape, the beautiful landscape of the norwegian coast - we had a great trip in Norway! Our cabin had only 2 portholes, but we knew it in advance and booked it with this restriction. The cabin was small, but there was enough storeroom and we estimated the many hooks for our coats. We had our own toilet and shower, and they changed the towels whenever we needed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Good quality on the atmosfere, service from the crew, and the food was excellent. In this trip i was on just a transport from Harstad to Florø, with my car, but offcourse i can tel you; 3 days holiday cruise on a lovely boat. I ... Read More
Good quality on the atmosfere, service from the crew, and the food was excellent. In this trip i was on just a transport from Harstad to Florø, with my car, but offcourse i can tel you; 3 days holiday cruise on a lovely boat. I was happy with the good price for my car taken within, and service in that place. In my cabin was a good place to relax and break from the; yeah activ sosial atmosfere with restaurant, cafe, bar, alacarte, and shop. There was always crew who do an excellent service in the reception. In the ports we had a good look to all the pasenger and stocks/cargos leaving and came in to the ship all the way, and thats amacing to look at the fast on and off, and in some place "touch and go" :-). Always something to let the mind, and eyes left on, in a very good nature, fjords, mountains, and the light from the skifting weather is realy nice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our daughter and son-in-law selected it. We went along to spend time with them and the grand kids. Disney is more expensive than other lines, but it is definitely different. What we loved: 1. the entertainment was all wonderful and appealed to all ages 2. the absence of Park West and that awful overpriced art 3. the absence of a casino 4. the kids activity -- wonderful. The grand kids had a wonderful time and were kept busy with lots of interesting activities. They got a little bored with it all at the end of the cruise and we were happy to have them "back" with us for some family time. 5. changing the dining rooms was such fun. Where the ship "missed the boat": 1. the food was OK -- could have been better. There was a lack of diversity in the dining room menus and at the buffet. The only steak that was good was at the Palo restaurant. 2. the selection on the TV was poor. You could watch Disney cartoons, or the news but there was very little otherwise. I would have welcomed a selection of other movies each evening. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I have been wanting to see London, and also Norway (The Fiords) for quite awhile. I was going to do a land tour, but since my health is now working against me sometimes, I realize that I need to slow down (74ys), and a widower on top of ... Read More
I have been wanting to see London, and also Norway (The Fiords) for quite awhile. I was going to do a land tour, but since my health is now working against me sometimes, I realize that I need to slow down (74ys), and a widower on top of it. I love the people of Great Britain as they are polite and have a special way to be proud, so I put all of that together and I decided to sail on the newest ship and also visit the Norway coast and Fiords. I arrived early so I could spend 4 days visiting London and having a great time. I had to find a way to get to Southampton, but it is only about 2 to 2 1/2 hours from my hotel near the Victoria Bus Station to the station in Southampton in a comfortable bus. The crew of the ship were polite and efficient and took my luggage and got me on the ship very fast. The ship was beautiful, and my table mates were so nice, as they were from all over England, but did not hesitate to include me in all the festivities. The entertainment was excellent and the music and dancing was just wonderful. The food gave me a chance to sample British style, and I really loved it. We had to cross the North Sea to get to Norway, and the water was calm as a lake and I was glad as it could be rough if there were storms. We stopped at the main locations and had great tours as we headed toward our last stop in Bergen. The country was lovely and the Norwegian people are alos polite and glad to see everyone as we got to explore the views and shops. This was definitely a trip to remember. I was glad I sailed on the P&O line and someday will go back and sample other ships from the line. When we disembarked on the last day, I was amazed how smooth and fast, and how they had people in the large terminal area where you picked up your suitcases who were able to assist you and get you out very fast. I must say Great Ship and Captain and all the crew I met were the best personally and efficiently. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
If you expect a typical cruise ship then forget it. No red carpet, no cinemas no swimming pool. BUT you get an experience of a lifetime. You are the 1910's explorer in a ship, we went on the MS Richard With, which has the high Savoy ... Read More
If you expect a typical cruise ship then forget it. No red carpet, no cinemas no swimming pool. BUT you get an experience of a lifetime. You are the 1910's explorer in a ship, we went on the MS Richard With, which has the high Savoy Hotel standards and decorations. The staff amazing and responded to your smile and interest. The food amazing. OK the evening meal was a pre set 3 course high standard quality sit down served meal with those smaller portions but you could over eat at lunchtime to counter this meal. If part of this meal didn't suit then a replacement was produced. If you find fault with these excellent conditions then why did you come on this cruise in the first case. It is an exploration boat; it is a working boat serving the many ports on Norway's coast. The trips covered a large range of activities and like the alcohol slightly on the pricey side BUT prices are higher in Norway anyway. This also applies to the onshore prices where the standard of living is higher than in GB. For instance the duty free prices in Bergen Airport are dearer than buying from Tesco back in Blighty. The weather cannot be guaranteed to be perfect which you have to accept - we had blue skies and saw the Northern Lights on 7 nights! Can't rate this 12 days 'cruise' high enough! Staff excellent who put themselves out to help you on every occasion! Just go for it with an open positive mind and blow your mind with sights, sounds, clarity of the scenery, food, companionship experiences of a lifetime. Can't rate this trip high enough and big tick on my bucket list! Mr Aitch Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Having done 6 cruises previously on Celebrity, my partner and I accompanied friends (very loyal Royal cruisers) on the Vancouver to L.A. sailing. I think Celebrity has spoiled me as I have never had a negative comment on any previous ... Read More
Having done 6 cruises previously on Celebrity, my partner and I accompanied friends (very loyal Royal cruisers) on the Vancouver to L.A. sailing. I think Celebrity has spoiled me as I have never had a negative comment on any previous cruise, but I lowered my expectations for this cruise and they were unfortunately met. Weather upon arrival in Vancouver -- cool and damp. What you'd expect, and certainly not the fault of the cruise line. When you are used to Caribbean sailings, though, it sets a different tone. We chose to go on this cruise for the itinerary, so we didn't expect Caribbean weather, but the cool wet start to the cruise really did damper the attitude a bit. The good news is that the weather improved with each and every passing day. Embarkation and disembarkation -- smooth. Great start. Staterooms and bathrooms in particular seemed smaller than usual, but for the amount of time you spend in there -- no problem. Very nice size balcony. Stateroom attendant, cordial and pleasant, but definitely nothing out of the ordinary. Dining Room and Windjammer Cafe -- average at best. Cafe has the same offerings EVERY single day for breakfast, never went in there for lunch. Dining room in the evening, our waiter and assistant waiter very cordial but nothing extraordinary. Food what you would expect when serving 1000 meals at a time. Most of the time mediocre, luke warm, but eating in the regular dining room has slipped steadily over the years across the board, which "encourages" more and more people to use the specialty dining restaurants. We went to "Chops" twice, and both times all 4 of us had outstanding meals, and outstanding, truly "WOW" service from our server, Tiffone. We also went to "Portofino" on one evening, and while dining and service was above average, it did not meet the high level that we experienced at Chops. On the flip side, we went twice to Seaview Cafe for a burger during the mid-afternoon period: the food was adequate and the service was not even remotely good. The evening entertainment was well mixed, with the traditional broadway revues, as well as magic, comedy, and other specialty performers, but most of the time we were at the late dinner seating and passed on the shows. However, the "lounge acts" that were regularly scheduled for each evening in the main concourse for the most part were not worth listening to. I am in my 50's, and even I found most of the songs to be completely outdated. Overall, the age level on the ship was an older crowd and an early crowd, so most of the evening activities around the ship were poorly attended. The best entertainment of the week was the "70's extravaganza" in mid-ship on the second to last night. Very high energy, the cruise director pulled out all the stops. Very well attended, lots of dancing -- very well done. As a non-smoker, it was sort of surprising that smoking was still allowed in parts of the casino. The stale smell permeated throughout. In the year 2015, no excuse for this whatsoever. Smoking should be in limited areas outside - period. The most disappointing feature with the entire 8 days was that the level of service was just not on par with anything I experienced with Celebrity cruises. Most of the beverage staff seemed to be doing you a favor in getting you a drink, and even with the drink package paid for (INCLUDING gratuities), the servers/bartenders would make you sign a slip for the drink, apparently with the hopes that you would leave an extra tip. I thought one of the benefits of the drink plan was to avoid signing all those silly slips, but apparently not. We expected the Champagne Bar to be the "go-to" place before and after dinner, but this bar in particular suffered from bartenders who were downright unpleasant, unfriendly, and just a displeasure to be around...which may explain why most of the time, this area was pretty deserted. That and the fact that the furniture looks like it was borrowed from the set of The Golden Girls or Leave It to Beaver. I know the ship is set up for dry dock in the Spring, but come on! While I never experienced the ship to be dirty, there were areas at both the outdoor pool and the solarium pool that needed paint so badly the bare wood was showing. The overall thought I was left with is all about the service: more than any other cruise I have been on (maybe I just got lucky all the other times), the staff seemed to be in "training" mode. I realize that across the cruise industry, there is a great deal of diversity among the staff -- I get that. But on a few occasions (Solarium snack bar area a prime example), the server did not even understand simple requests in English. The Seaview Cafe was much the same. The overall impression was that much of the staff is in rookie mode, hoping to earn their stripes to get onto a larger and newer vessel. On the cruise board, I saw a specific topic: "Royal Caribbean Jewel" vs. "Celebrity Summit" --- which would you choose? The answer is simple -- definitely not the Jewel. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015

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