Author: Phil Longford
We have just done the Northern Highlights cruise. First cruise, and was very impressed. The ship actually 'looks' like a ship, rather than the floating hotels of some other companies. Dressing for dinner may be a little old fashioned, but it makes the whole thing more of an event. Food was superb. Go for late sitting, then ask waiter for advice. They will have seen what is on offer at the earlier sitting. Always correct! Alcohol not cheap, but then who needs loads of drunkards wallowing around? The scale and style of the ship is awesome. Room was immaculate, and cleaned twice a day. 24 hour room service, with all food, tea, coffee etc, if you want it. If you are visiting ports, suggest a glass fronted balcony. Not sure if it is worth upgrading to the Princess/Queens Grill. Went to Todd English Restaurant, and, although food was very fancy, there was more atmosphere in the Britannia Restaurant. ie, girl on a harp, playing theme to Titanic. Not sure I would go trans-Atlantic (not much to look at), but Norway is stunning. Moored at Stavanger, tiny port, right at centre of town, and joined by Queen Elizabeth. Quite a sight! If you want a relaxing break, and are not concerned about your waistline, go for it!