I have worked for Cruise Connections for almost 12 years now, and in that time I have travelled to various places in the world. Even though I had organised many clients’ holidays to Norway, I had never been there myself and so decided to try a new adventure.
Arriving at the Port of Tyne (Newcastle), we dropped off our luggage and parked in the pre-booked long stay car park. This made our arrival so easy and convenient as it was only a five-minute stroll back to the terminal. At 4.15pm we checked in and went to our cabin to find our luggage waiting for us.
We were impressed by the size of our cabin. It was a three berth with two single beds which could have also been made into a double with an upper berth for a third passenger. The wardrobes were spacious and there was plenty of drawer space. The bathroom was a good size with a large shower, sink and W.C. There was also a hairdryer!
The ship itself had plenty of areas inside and out to relax. Classes offered on sea days included Arts & Crafts and lectures which we could find detailed in our Daily News. We enjoyed a game or two in the card room and the library came in very handy too.
There was plenty of evening entertainment in the bars, along with fabulous shows in the Theatre and we even enjoyed a dance in the nightclub. There were a couple of shops on board, one of which sold everyday items that you may have forgotten.
We opted for the drinks package on board at a cost of £17pppn. This included cocktails, spirits, draught beer, wine and soft drinks and worked out as very good value.
Eidfjord is a beautiful little village that you can take a tour round on a small train. We purchased the train tickets from the tourist information centre which was close to where we docked and my advice is that it is worth going there early to buy your tickets, as it books up quickly.
When we arrived in Flam, another pretty village, we had pre-booked the Flam Railway Excursion. My best tip for this excursion would be to sit on the right of the train as you will get the best views of the magnificent scenery.
Bergen was our last port of call and we chose to take the Funicular to the top of Mount Floyan. As we reach the summit the mist cleared and we had panoramic views of Bergen. We then walked back down though the woodland pathway which was signposted and a very pleasant 45-minute walk.
We chose not to have our breakfast on board on our last day and disembark early. This meant taking off our own luggage, but this was quick and easy and we left the car park with no traffic problems.
I would certainly recommend Magellan; she is a small adult-only ship which provides something for all tastes. The staff were friendly and could not do enough for us. We have some fantastic offers at the moment so give us a call.
Here’s to the next trip!!