The Fjords

Overview

The Fjords

Set a course from Southampton and discover the dramatic scenery and pristine beauty of the Norwegian Fjords. You'll enjoy a truly memorable holiday with calls to Stavanger, Flaam, Alesund and Bergen.

What's Included:

  • Full board
  • Complimentary on board spend of $55 per couple or port parking
  • 7 nights accommodation on board Queen Mary II

Hand Picked By

Amy Corran

For over a century and a half, the iconic ships of Cunard have been defining ocean travel. With their distinctive vessels and famous White Star Service they really stand out from the crowd.

Amy Corran

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 28th August 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Set a course from Southampton and discover the dramatic scenery and pristine beauty of the Norwegian Fjords. You'll enjoy a truly memorable holiday with calls to Stavanger, Flaam, Alesund and Bergen.

Ship Overview

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is known for her elegance and graceful splendour, so she is definitely adored by crew and passengers alike. With luxurious woods, marbles and rich fabrics, she has the ambience and sophistication of past liners, as well as unique and modern facilities.

By day you can enjoy White Gloved Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room, while at night it is transformed into an elegant ballroom for cocktail parties and balls. Relax and unwind in the Winter Gardens, pamper yourself at the Royal Spa, or enjoy some world-class entertainment at the Royal Court Theatre, as you sail the seas in style.

Queen Victoria Profile

  • Queens Room
  • Winter Garden
  • Royal Court Theatre
  • Royal Spa & gymnasium
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Games deck with tennis court
  • 11 restaurants, bars & lounges
  • Casino & library

Queen Victoria Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Southampton, England, UK

The ideal start or ending point for a memorable voyage, the United Kingdom's premier passenger port and sprawling South Coast city, Southampton, was home to iconic transatlantic liners of yesteryear. Its great location means you’ve access to a range of historic sites, charming villages and national landmarks, and the great metropolis of London with all to see and do there.

Day 2: At Sea

Day 3: Haugesund, Norway

Haugesund stands proudly on Norway’s southwest shore, where the icy fjords flow out into the North Sea. Breathtaking scenery and world-class views are the main ingredients of this dramatic coastline. Sheer cliffs and rolling meadows adorn the silent inlets of Haugesund, while nearby you’ll find striking rock formations and experience the thunder of tall waterfalls. The part of the country in which Haugesund stands was a region of great importance during the Viking Age, and even lent its name to the country itself. The shipping lane offshore was known as the North Way, which shortened over time to Norway. It’s also renowned as the site where Norway's first king, Harald Fairhair, united the nation and was later buried. The hamlet of Avaldsnes nearby gives you a chance to visit Viking Village, a recreated farmstead, or perhaps Karmoy Island, with its ancient grave mounds and tall memorial stones. Skipping forward several centuries, Haugesund today is celebrated as the setting for two major events in the Norwegian cultural calendar, as every August it plays host to the Sildajazz music festival and The Norwegian Film Festival. Crowned by a pink neoclassical town hall, there’s much to admire within Haugesund itself. Even so, it’ is what’s close by that often proves more irresistible. Many visitors, for example, choose to explore the narrow 32-kilometre20-mile Akrafjord, set between sheer cliffs on either side. The broad 2000-foot Langfoss waterfall is one of its most spectacular sights, resembling a river running down the rock face. You may also see the subject of countless photos with your own eyes, the famous Pulpit Rock, whose scenic view over Lysefjord has become an emblem of the entire fjords region. You can even feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1800s by visiting the picturesque herring fishing town of Skudeneshavn. Perched on the southern tip of Karmoy island, it’s home to over 100 excellently preserved whitewashed wooden houses topped with pointed orange roofs.

Day 4: Olden, Norway - Innvikfjorden, Norway (Cruise-by) - Nordfjord, Norway (Cruise-by)

When you reluctantly depart from this peaceful village of the picturesque Nordfjord, you'll no doubt have some breathtaking and unforgettable scenes etched into your memory, and your camera roll too. Giant waterfalls cascade the mountains, mineral-rich Lake Lovatn glints with a milky turquoise sheen and the Kjenndalen Glacier reveals a green-tinged glow.

Day 5: At Sea

Day 6: Bodo, Norway

Bodo perches on a picturesque stretch of peninsula just inside the Arctic Circle. A genuine Norwegian find. Selected spring and summer sails call here to explore the town and its beautiful backdrops. Bodo’s surroundings feature impressive coastal pine forests and the mountainous backdrops that include Ronvikfjellet Viewpoint, just a short drive along the coastal roads. You can decide whether to take a fishing trip to the world’s strongest current at Saltstraumen, kayak under the midnight sun or even board a RIB to Geitvagen 6 miles to the north, which is home to the world’s densest population of white-tailed sea eagles. Home to some 50,000 residents, it is one of Norway’s fastest growing cities. It boasts a thriving arts community that includes crafts such as glass blowing, ceramics and jewellery making. The town also has a rising music scene that includes two major music festivals every August. Like so many parts of Norway, Bodo suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War. Its Cathedral was one of the casualties, and was totally rebuilt following the conflict when the city ran an architectural design competition. The result is a striking design both inside and out. The unusual exterior includes an impressive 118-foot bell tower, while attention inside is inevitably drawn to the 40-foot high stained glass window. Staying on the theme, the Bodin church is another on the sightseeing list, rebuilt on its original medieval site and with an eye-catching onion-domed tower. A smattering of shops can be found around the city itself, so too a few interesting exhibitions, like those found at the aviation museum. You can glimpse back into the past in Kjaerringoy, probably the country’s best-preserved seaside trading post where you’ll find strong echoes of how life was for the fishermen and merchants who lived here in the late nineteenth century. It has fifteen buildings, many with contents still intact, including one where a medicine cabinet displays various remedies over a century old. Another day trip could lead you to the island and islets of the Vaeran archipelago that shelter the Bodo Peninsula, for yet more dramatic scenery and hiking opportunities.

Day 7: Narvik, Norway

Lying just 137 miles inside the Arctic Circle, Narvik may be one of the world’s most northerly towns, but the North Atlantic currents and the mountains that shelter the town make it surprisingly mild. From late May until late July, the Midnight Sun often sets the landscapes aglow with intense yellows and fiery red-orange hues. One of the best spots to admire its effect on the majestic landscapes is to whisk up Narvikfjellen by cable car for sublime views over the city and the surrounding fjords. Although its roots appear to go back to the Stone Age, Narvik really grew from the boom in Swedish iron ore mining during the second half of the nineteenth century. Narvik’s milder climate made it an ice-free port all year round and an ideal shipping point for the miners. It has only had town status since the early twentieth century. Part of this legacy, the Ofoten Railway, makes for a sensational day out. It runs the forty twenty-five or so kilometres miles to the Swedish border and beyond, as far as the ore mines at Kiruna. The Norwegian section of line runs alongside the Rombaksfjord, clinging to the curves of the steep green slopes, with two departures a day running from Narvik Station. Sitting on Ofotfjord, often just known as the Narvik Fjord, there is plenty of dramatic scenery for those who wish to explore its waters, including views of the Frostisen Glacier. Hiking is also a popular pastime for the more energetic. You can encounter the creatures that live at the very top of mainland Europe by venturing another 47 miles north of Narvik to Polar Park. Its residents include the Arctic’s main predators, including brown bears, wolves, wolverines and lynx as well as other wildlife such as moose, reindeer and musk ox. In the town itself, there is an Occupation Museum in remembrance of Narvik’s role in World War II, which holds the Victoria Cross awarded posthumously to Captain Bernard Warburton-Lee of the British Royal Navy in 1940 and a German Enigma coding machine.

Day 8: At Sea

Day 9: Trondheim, Norway

Explore regal pomp and ceremony, Norwegian style. The wooden Stiftsgarden is the city’s official royal residence and monarchs are still being crowned here under the Nidaros Cathedral’s gleaming spire. You can also ride the quaint sightseeing streetcars, or visit the open-air folk museums, a working ski jump, or the famous Lokken Copper Mines.

Day 10: Andalsnes, Norway - Romsdalsfjord, Norway (Cruise-by)

Not far from the idyllic Andalsnes, you’ll locate a unique curiosity: the ‘Troll Wall’, which features immense grassy cliffs forming Europe's highest vertical mountain face. An amazing natural wonder. A steady climb of the ‘Troll Ladder’ entails a zigzagging road of hairpin bends on the steep mountainside, revealing spectacular valley views as you near the thundering Stigfossen Waterfall.

Day 11: Bergen, Norway

Your fascinating ‘Gateway to the Fjords’ is Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen. Its maritime trade and oil industry remain vital to the economy and it’s a thriving epicentre of culture and history. Visit the old quays of Bryggen, a World Heritage Site, and the medieval wooden houses of the city’s waterfront. You can even take a peek inside the workshops of local painters, weavers and craftsmen.

Day 12: At Sea

Day 13: Southampton, England, UK

Arrives early morning

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 28th August 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Set a course from Southampton and discover the dramatic scenery and pristine beauty of the Norwegian Fjords. You'll enjoy a truly memorable holiday with calls to Stavanger, Flaam, Alesund and Bergen.

Cabin and Fares

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Your stateroom is bathed in natural light and benefits from ample storage. There’s a turndown service, complete with a pillow chocolate, ready for a comfortable night’s sleep in your king-sized bed. Your bathroom features a shower, enhanced by Penhaligon's toiletries, a bathrobe and slippers. There’s a living area with a desk, satellite TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and a mini bar. Regular visits from your steward ensure everything stays pristine, and there’s also round-the-clock complimentary room service.

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Balcony Cabin

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Your stateroom is bathed in natural light and benefits from ample storage. There’s a turndown service, complete with a pillow chocolate, ready for a comfortable night’s sleep in your king-sized bed. Your bathroom features a shower, enhanced by Penhaligon's toiletries, a bathrobe and slippers. There’s a living area with a desk, satellite TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and a mini bar. Regular visits from your steward ensure everything stays pristine, and there’s also round-the-clock complimentary room service.

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