Norway Cruise – Stavanger & Flåm

We have been back from our cruise just over a week now, it seems such a long time ago. I won’t bore you with a day by day account of what we did but I wanted to show you some of the places we visited on our travels. This was the second cruise we have been on to Norway and we visited the same ports which gave us the freedom to do our own thing rather than going on official excursions.

Stavanger

Stavanger is the gateway to the spectacularly scenic Fjordland of Norway.  The ship docks right in the town, it was Sunday, so everything was closed!! Last time we were here it was May Day…everything was closed!! Oh well at least we didn’t spend any money.

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We had a walk around the town, along the port past the Petroleum Museum and the Greenpeace boat, then through Gamle Stavanger, the old town which has pretty 200 year old white wooden houses. It is also home to the Norwegian Canning museum.

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Emma’s Tip: If you need Wifi head over to Burger King which is only a short walk from the port, or McDonalds which is just around the corner!

Flåm (little place between steep mountains), Sognefjord

Sognefjord is the world’s longest (204km) and deepest (1308m) fjord. It is overlooked by snow capped mountains and surrounded by cascading waterfalls. Flåm is nestled in the innermost part of Sognefjord. The extraordinary Flåm railway (the Flåmsbana) rises more than 2845ft above sea level in just 12 miles.

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We did not go on any organised excursions as this is the second time we have been here, however I would definitely recommend the railway. The first time we were here we took the train up the mountain and on the way back were dropped off and rode the rest of the way down on bicycles…this was fantastic.

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This time we took a walk up the road for about 3 miles then walked back to the ship, a nice 6 mile walk in before lunch 🙂 The scenery is absolutely awesome, snow capped mountains against a lovely blue sky.

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Some Mountain Goats, mmmmeeehhhhh, mmmmeeehhhhh…

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Flåms lovely little church

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This sign made me chuckle :0)

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Before we could sail off back down the Fjord the ship had to turnaround…hmmm…this could be tricky. It is difficult to show on pictures how the ship turned around in such a narrow space. It is a surreal experience, sitting up on deck watching the scenery move as the captain slowly but surely turned the ship 180 degrees.

Once we had made it safely round it was time to get dressed for dinner.
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Whilst sailing past stunning scenery
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I hope you enjoy my photos of Stavanger and the stunning Flåm.
Until next time.
Emma x
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Norway Cruise – Part One

Hallo!

I am currently sat in the Spinnaker Bar aboard the mv Arcadia. I am enjoying a Costa Gingerbread Latte (my favourite!!) whilst looking out on spectacular views of the Fjords of Norway and listening to classical music (how very refined!!).

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This is the first chance I have had to write my blog since my brief post from Southampton on Friday, there is so much to tell but I won’t bore you with all the details right away!!

We arrived at the Port at approx. 11am, we dropped off our car at the terminal, our luggage was whisked away and off we went to check in – so far this is a breeze! There was a fairly big queue but it moved pretty quickly, we checked in and received our ‘Cruise Cards’, went through security and were sitting in the Belvedere buffet by 12 noon. All in all it was an extremely quick and easy check in, a fabulous start to our cruise vacation.

After we had eaten (the first if many many meals) we had to wait for about an hour and a half until our cabin was ready, we passed the time relaxing by the Neptune pool, this pool has a retractable roof which is really good as it means you can still enjoy the pool even if the weather isn’t great…we are expecting it to be closed for the majority of this cruise!!

Once our cabin was ready off we went, our luggage hadn’t yet been delivered however we could see our suitcases so the other half went and snaffled them (naughty, naughty), but it meant we could unpack and get everything tided away. We had a deluxe balcony cabin, right at the aft (aka back for non sailors!) end of the ship. The cabin had a nice big bed (queen size in English terms I reckon), small sofa, big flat screen TV (this was a surprise to me as all the photos I had seen they had been tiny, not that we’re on holiday to watch TV), we even had a bath (not really long even to enjoy a soak in, but it did mean that having a shower was much easier and obviously a balcony!! I will be doing a full review of the ship when we return home so if you would like more info on the cabin and its facilities come back then!!

We were due to sail at about 4.30pm, so we got wrapped up (it was a bit windy up on deck) and went to the Sun Deck (Deck 10), the Entertainment team were hosting the Sail Away party. As I mentioned in my previous post it was a special day for Southampton as the three Cunard Queens (Mary 2, Victoria and Elizabeth)had sailed in together in the morning and were due to sail out together later that night – all in celebration of Queen Mary 2’s 10th Anniversary. We were lucky enough to sail out past all three. Although windy the weather was glorious as we sailed out, we even got sun (or maybe wind) burn!!

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If you have ever been on a cruise you will know that there are 2 sittings for dining, we usually opt for first sitting as we don’t like to eat late, however as we booked this last minute we we not given a choice and had been allocated the 2nd sitting which wasn’t until 8.45pm!!! We had been up since 5am and there was no way we could stay up that later to eat dinner, I would be asleep in my Soup!! So we opted to go to the Belvedere Buffet, it was very good, we had a table by the window and it was very quiet, big thumbs so far. Even better you can jsut keep going back for more…I can us taking a few extra pounds home with us!! After dinner we went and had a drink in the Crows Nest, a lovely bar at the front of the Ship on deck 10, it offers some great views.

We only made it till 8.30 and off to bed we went.

Farvel!

Emma x

 

 

Off a Cruisin’

Up we got at 5am ready to drive down to Southampton where we are going to pick up P&O’s Arcadia. We stopped for a Costa breakfast at Rownhams services.
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I also had a Bacon roll but I ate that before I had a chance to photograph it!!

It is a special day in Southampton as all three Cunard Queens are in together, hopefully I’ll be able to get some good shots of them later.

We set sail at approx 4.30pm this afternoon and after a day at sea we arrive in Stavanger, Norway early Sunday morning. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is sunny 🙂

Looking forward to writing about the ship and the places we visit on her.

Emma x