Breathtaking Norway Fjords

Crown Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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4.4 out of 5
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Crown Princess

14 Night North Cape & Norwegian Fjords (London Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 12, 2017

Ship: Crown Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: R249

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Fantastic itinerary. Ship is getting a bit worn around the edges. Food is very good but not excellent (except in specialty restaurants which have very limited menus). Service and room attendants are still excellent. Entertainment was a bit spotty. Ship talent was high. Plan to get away from the towns and ship and have a more active vacation.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Except for one entertainer giving tribute to Queen, entertainment was great.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Interior cabin is smaller size but thrifty choice for those who care. If one only sleeps in cabin, then it does not matter.

Ship tip

Understand tipping policy. Princess collects $13.50 per person per day for staff. One can change this amount by merely visiting the reception desk and filling out a change form. If one wants to tip a particular person, that person is obliged to report the tips to Princess and has to forfeit it unless the passenger is contributing the daily amount.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

4 out of 5

Stavanger, Norway

5 out of 5
recommend the rather strenuous Pulpit Rock excursion. We saw others who booked this trip independently and might have saved money. Since there is a ferry involved, be certain of the arrangements or one might miss the ship departure.

Flaam, Norway

5 out of 5
Arranged private train ride and Narrow Fjord excursion. Much cheaper than Princess. Can arrange taxi for visit to Borgund Stave Church and perhaps Snow Road if time permits (pricey unless you can share with others).

Geiranger, Norway

5 out of 5
Hop on Hop off bus was fine. Time ashore was too short preventing a nice hike (except by Princess) to waterfall (rather strenuous). fantastic views of town and fjord.

Hellesylt, Norway Did not visit port

No one was offered disembarkation here. Just a pick up point for Princess excursions.

Trondheim, Norway

4 out of 5
Fun city to walk and explore. No excursions needed here.

Honningsvag, Norway

5 out of 5
Sightseeing and visit to North Cape (not Princess sponsored) was very interesting and fun. Weather could not have been better. Took a Princess excursion in the bay to visit a king crab trap and examine this pest. Very expensive for what we did. Walking around the small town and taking hike up into the hills was enjoyable. Time in port was generous.

Tromso, Norway

3 out of 5
I i took an nature excursion to a nearby Island (Whale Island). The weather was poor, but the excursion that took us by the location of the bombing of the Tirpitz, walking on tundra, picking blueberries and cloud berries was fun. Scenery would have been great in better weather.

Gravdal, Lofoten Islands

5 out of 5
We rented a car and visited the reconstructed viking home and preserved fishing village. With four people this is more economical than a Princess excursion. One can arrange to have have rental company deliver cars to pier. This island of mountains, trails and beaches was spectacular. A must see. A beatiful church was in Gravdol as well as inland on the island a bit. The pier is between Lecknes and Gravdol with only transportation (paid by passenger) to Lecknes. Poor planning.

Alesund, Norway

5 out of 5
Drop on drop off buss was only required to see many sights here. Old town was beautiful. A real surprise was Sunnmore museum where old cabins and boats are gathered and restored. Very interesting. Art Nouveau buildings following devastating fire were very enjoyable to see. Nice church. Note all churches in Norway charge admission.

Bergen, Norway

4 out of 5
Not nearly enough time in this port. For those who missed the stave church near Flam, there is a reconstructed one here. Very interesting. Ship arrives at 7, but most attractions and museums open at 9 or 10,

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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