We decided that one of the places we wanted to go but have never gone was to the Norwegian Fjords.
I have been to Oslo but Jamie hadn’t been to Norway at all and wanted to go so she could cross of the Nordic countries (Norway was the last of them that she hadn’t been to).
We figured the best way to do this was on a cruise. It didn’t disappoint either.
The only one we could find was leaving from Southampton. It was with Norwegian Cruise Lines (never used or know anybody that has used them) so this was an adventure in more ways than one.
The researching of the cruise line began in earnest. So did the need to book car parking and boarding for Sugar – the latter taking the longest. We didn’t want to board him with just anybody – and in true Sugar fashion, it was a boarder out of the way of where we live and where we needed to go (worth it though as she was really good with him).
The cruise line itself looked pretty good. Nightly shows, lots of places to eat, a drinks package included (invaluable addition).
The parking was booked and about 2 months before departure they contacted me to say they couldn’t offer the parking any more. Grrr. Parking searching began in earnest again.
We managed to find something within walking distance to the terminal. Invaluable when you have luggage!
The day finally arrived for us to head to the port. We decided we would get there around 2. We had to be there before 4. The ship was due to leave at 5.
It was a bit of a faff once we got there. Queue for security, queue for check in, queue for ages waiting to get on the ship. This was compounded as there were people doing a back to back cruise from Florida.
It was good once we finally got on board and could get to the cabin and chill.
We did have a few days of trouble on the ship – thankfully resolved with some persistence from me.
The first and last day were sea days and I am not a fan of those. I like to be out doing something. There is only so much you can do on a ship and I didn’t find myself fully entertained the whole day at sea. The last day I spent just sitting watching the sea go by.
The map below shows where we stopped.
You can click on the icons to see the port and day number
All in all, it was a great trip and one that I would do again.
I would love to be able to drive the route we took.
The exception being Bergen – no thanks.