Sorry for being slow getting back to you about the cruise. I figured I would post here so other people can benefit.
We did the 7day Norwegian fjords cruise with P&O on the Ventura. It was my first cruise and I enjoyed it. It was a days sail from Southampton to Stavanger, 4 days with stops and a days sail back at the end. Of the stops, Olden and Flam were very small towns and it was all about the scenery which was stunning. Stavanger and Bergen were city stops. Sailing through the fjords tended to happen during the evening and overnight. It didn’t get dark till after midnight so watching the scenery go by was a nice way to spend the evening. We also got up early one day (4am) to see the sun rise along the fjords which was lovely.
The ship moored right near the centre of each of the towns/villages so it was very easy to get to the sights. There was only our ship in town and it didn’t feel that the passengers were overwhelming the towns.
The cruise is definitely aimed at the British market although there were lots of other nationalities onboard as well. A lot of retired couples but many family groups as well. We were travelling before school holidays started.
The entertainment was a bit cheesy but well done. I doubt there will be any classical music performances!
The food was very good but not amazing. I could be being a bit harsh. I enjoy food and like to try unusual stuff and new restaurants so I don’t think I was there target market. We tried both the “pay extra” restaurants and the food there was excellent, as it should be as we were paying more money. We actually enjoyed the food in the buffet more than the main sit down restaurants. Each night has a theme in the buffet, Indian, British, Portuguese etc and it was very well done. I have spent 20years working in the little Portugal area of London and have eaten a lot and it seemed very authentic to me. On the Indian night a lot of the Indian crew were eating there outside of the main hours so it must be OK.
To be brutally honest if food is REALLY important to you I’m not sure you will be that impressed. It was very good but not mind blowing. That said the pizza by the pool was one of the best I’ve had in a long time! P&O know there family market!
We were surprised how reasonably priced the drinks were considering they had a captive market. Decent wine starting at £3.50, very good cocktails made with branded spirits started at £6.50
We had a room with a balcony and it was fine, better than I had expected.More than enough room for 2 and the balcony was spacious. Loads of storage space in a sort of walk-in wardrobe area. The bathroom was small but well designed.
The friend I was travelling with had previously cruised with Carnival in the Caribbean. She said the food on that cruise was probably “fancier”, more special occasion. The entertainment was also glitzier but I suppose that’s the difference between a British and an American cruise. :-)
Hope this helps. Let me know if you want any more detail.