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Hi, Anyone ever cruised with P&O? We'd like to cruise the fjords in Norway and several lines look interesting: Princess, Holland in particular have a nice 14 day sailing from south to above Arctic Circle.

However, in checking on Vacations to Go I saw P&O Cruises have a 12 day cruise with half the time in scenic cruising of fjords without even making port stops. This sounds like what we would want. Also, nothing too far north as full cruise itinerary is in southern Norway.

Anyway, does anyone have comments on P&O? Thank you. Ted

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Only thing I can contribute is a private photo impression of P&O's MS Aurora in Storfjord, likely on its way to Geiranger or Hellesylt. I was on a counter-route Hurtigruten ship back to Ålesund.

Whatever you will do I wish you a good journey.

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There is a website devoted solely to cruises. cruisecritic.com
Take your inquiry there and I an sure someone will be able help you..

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After our first cruise (Western Mediterranean) we stayed on and did an amazing Cruise with P&O Aurora out of Southampton. Once we got up north it was top temperatures of around 12C, lots of sunshine. no rain or snow and 22 hours of daylight per day in July. We to Greenland, Iceland and Norway. It was fantastic and the best part was Greenland. I believe the best places are higher up as the lower fiords are likely to be snow-free in summer. The lower Norwegian Fiords were amazing, but nothing compared with the Glaciers inside the Arctic Circle. Its better when there are none of few port calls as there's not a lot to do when ashore. The additional bonus is that there were very few children aboard! I prefer P&O to Holland America.

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P&O is a British cruise line that largely caters to Brits. I have never cruised with them.

The cruise critic.com website will have information that compares cruise lines.

We just finished an 11 day Arctic Circle cruise on Serenade of the Seas with Royal Caribbean that was wonderful. Also, Norwegian Cruise Line has a similar cruise.

I suggest that you compare P&O, Princess, HAL, Royal C. and NCL for similar cruises before you make a selection. We chose Royal C. because they has the best value, especially price.
Note, most cruise lines have only one or two Arctic Circle cruises a year. Those cruises fill up early, so check way ahead of your plans. Prices tend to go up months after the cruise is published.

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This post seems to have resurrected itself after a few months.
I am going on a P&O cruise to Norway in a couple of weeks. If you still want to know about it, on my return, just let me know.

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Emma,

Yes, thank you. I am most interested in the blending of scenic cruising on the fjords and actual port stops. From what I see with P&O they seem to have great sounding fjord cruising itineraries. I'd be glad for any input. BTW, the food on cruising is also a highlight and any special entertainment, particularly if they have any classical musical groups that performs from time to time.

Thank for any your advice. Have a wonderful trip!

Ted

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No problem. I’m away from the 7th-14th July so I’ll let you know when I’m back.
It’s my first cruise so hopefully it will be OK!

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Hi Ted
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.

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Thanks Emma. So glad you had a nice cruise. Sounds wonderful.
Ted