Columbus Cruise Review by Wendywoodles
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
This was my first cruise so I wasn't sure what to expect. I absolutely loved it! I met a lot of very interesting people and we ended up sharing our cruise together - mainly in the bars and restaurants. I was very impressed with the arrangements for solo travellers - the company works hard to make them feel welcome with welcome drinks, lunches, dinners etc...and it worked.
It was unnaturally hot for Norway, so the pool area was very busy - I gave Bergen a miss as didn't fancy a tour in 35 degrees. Norway in a Nutshell tour is well worth doing - the views are mind-blowing. Flam railway is great fun! If walking is a bit of an issue (it is for me) - it is quite a walk to the hotel in Voss which the company doesn't warn about. It may depend on where the train from Flam stops though.
I probably wouldn't do the tour to the dam again - I would stay in Eidjfiord and have a wander.
All the bars are great - I visited every one frequently. The cocktail list is extensive. I chose the premier package that includes tips, drinks, wine etc...and definitely don't regret it. It is great value.
The food isn't five star - but neither are we paying for five star. It was fine though - desserts provided much amusement trying to guess what they tasted of. Some people complained that the food should be better - bear in mind, that going to a Michelin restaurant costs around £250 per person upwards and that will manage expectations.
My happy place? Sitting at the back of the boat behind the Plantation buffet - having either breakfast or dinner with a beautiful view of the fjords - priceless!
I loved it! Already booked another and I got home less than 24 hours ago.
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EidfjordStunningly beautiful. Ship berths against small quay. Just a very short walk to disembark and you're in the villageView All 164 Eidfjord Cruise Port Reviews
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Flam RailwayFlam railway was part of the Norway in a Nutshell tour. It's about a ten minute walk to the railway station, but there are benches if you need to rest on the way. The steps to the train are deep and steep - I have RA so walk like I'm drunk as no stability and very little strength. But, it's worth doing this - people will help you balance etc...if you're stuck. This is a fabulous trip and really worth doing if you can.View All 187 Flam Railway Reviews