Sapphire Princess

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July, 2019

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We have cruised for many years enjoying Cunard, P&O Cruises and Princess cruises. They all have a different personality. We enjoy Princess as we find them well organised but more relaxed. Our main reason for picking Princess is for the ports, often they visit more. We also enjoy the cosmopolitan mix of passengers, many from USA, Canada, Australia and Japan as Princess is popular in these countries.

Many people you meet are having a cruise as part of a longer trip in Europe, which is why many prefer not to fly with evening dress, so evenings tend to be less formal.

We sailed in July and Norway and Iceland didn’t let us down for weather and scenery.
This time of year also gives you sunset at 11.50 and sunrise at 12.10, so if you have trouble sleeping maybe book an inside cabin.

Norway and Iceland can seem expensive but if you walk away from where the ship docks you can find coffee etc. at a more reasonable price.

Bergen – we’ve been here before so took the local bus no 3 to the Old Bergen Village where old houses have been rebuilt around each other as a village and show life in Bergen. Actors also hold mini scenes of daily life.

Geiranger – here we walked up the new stairs up the side of the water fall which was amazing, at the top is the Fjord Centre (turn right at the top). Here life and times of the fjords is on display and a lovely cafe is here too.

Flam – here we have been on the railway before and we have also done Norway in a nutshell tour so this is recommended. This time we walked around the fjord and had lunch at a hotel on the waters edge.

Alesund – here we walked to the musuem and on to the old harbour area.

As you can see Norway is easy to DIY no need to book a tour although the Norway in nutshell tour is one we recommend.

Reykjavik is really easy to walk around. Plenty to see, at the old harbour you can pick up a boat trip to see puffins or one to see whales. We walked to the cathedral and around the lake and town.

Akureyri, Iceland – here we walked to the Botanical Gardens and the town museum.

Isafjordur is another lovely small town where we took a tour inland. This included the Botanical Garden and the oldest shop in Iceland.

Grundarfjordur – here we walked to the waterfall and around the town which is small but plenty to see. We enjoyed a lovely coffee break by the water’s edge at a restaurant called the House of Food.

I haven’t gone into too much detail of each place as really what you do is personal choice. But you can do a lot or little at each port. Americans will hire a car and a guide to see more ashore but that’s expensive and maybe worth it on a once in a lifetime tour. We have been on this route before so we try to see something new each trip.

My video of this trip is on Youtube, search under Shapphire Princess Norway and Iceland.


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