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Black Watch Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Norway is spectacular.

Black Watch Cruise Review by Jantheman132

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords

We chose this cruise because the size of the ship meant that it visited fjords other ships couldn't. It certainly didn't disappoint. The scenery was fantastic and we were lucky to have several sunny days, which enhanced the experience.

Embarkation was easy because we were amongst the last few to board. However this meant that we were unlucky enough to miss the buffet as the muster drill was put into effect straight away and we had to wait an hour or two to have something to eat. We were told that we could have order room service, but this wouldn't have been served during the drill in any case!

Day one was at sea and the hours slipped by very quickly. Day two was cruising amongst smaller fjords and due to the clear blue skies, everything looked spectacular. Everyone was delighted with the views.

Flam. We took the railway, the weather was cloudy but even if it had been sunny I'm not sure this lives up to its billing as one of the world's most spectacular railway journeys. Certainly a huge engineering achievement and worth doing, but the Flam railway is overpriced. I hired a mountain bike and rode down to the port again which got me back an hour before the other train passengers. The bike ride was really something else.

Olden. We didn't book any excursions and took a couple of hours to walk to the Floen lake which was well worth doing and we had plenty of time. Great views all the way and the little railway excursion seemed to follow the same sort of route.

Gerainger. Highlight of the trip. We had booked the local bus ride to the top of Dalsnibba mountain and this was spectacular. Sunshine again, and the bus driver told us that we we one of the few trips this summer which had clear skies as the weather had been poor all summer. The views were just spectacular and the trip was great value for money. We were back at the ship for lunch and able to go ashore again in the afternoon to explore the waterfall in the town. Free wifi at the tourist office with great connection and speed.

Back across the North sea on the last day and while there was a bit of a swell it was not a problem.

Some of our fellow passengers were extremely rude. I overheard one conversation in which it was stated that 'its like walking into a council estate' , a comment on some of the other passengers.

Probably the best cruise we have done but that's due to Norway, the weather and not the ship or cruise line. Although the ship is old, you know before you go what to expect and it was fine. Food was excellent. Cabin a bit worn. Staff great.

Back at the terminal at disembarkation we asked where we could find the bus stop to get to the airport. We were told there was none, although we had been delivered there by bus the week before!! ( The driver had dropped us closer to the terminal than the bus stop which is why we were not sure how to find it again).

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Mount Dalsnibba

Highlight of the trip. Local bus took us to a couple of viewpoints and the views were awesome. Lucky to have sun and clear skies.

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Flam Railway

We booked the railway through the ship and found it to be overpriced for what you get. Yes, the train journey is good, but not as fantastic as it is portrayed.

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We didn't have an excursion here, but had a great hike to the Floen Lake in great surroundings.

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