Cruise to Norway (03-07/07/2011)

George and I took a short cruise to Norway on Cunard’s Queen Victoria in a balcony cabin amidships in anticipation of rough seas. The latter did not occur and neither did a lot of sun whilst at sea to enjoy the balcony!

Our first stop was Stravangar. We were very late in arriving due to a strike of boats to guide us in and all trips had to be cancelled. It was whilst walking around this tiny port on a dull Sunday afternoon that we met a woman from Meopham. Small world! She was on the only other ship in harbour.

Weather improved next day at Flam for our bus ride into the countryside to see waterfalls. But Geiranger was the best place as we went high into the mountains, well above the snow line, to experience lakes with ice still on them and high walls of snow as well as the most stunning scenery.

Our final port of call was Bergen, where we decided to see the town at our own pace and on open topped tour buses. It is the only place we have ever been to where the tour buses are equipped with credit card machines to take the fares! Norway is a very expensive country to visit and at the moment has taken the record from Austria for the dearest place for coffee and cake – nearly £16 for two ordinary coffees and a piece of sponge cake each! I won’t say much about the ship, she was very comfortable but at times I felt as if I was in a floating old folks home.