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#1
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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Beautiful sail away from Southampton. Embarkation not as chaotic as it looked. We were on board 1 hour before our allotted time and only waited 15-20 mins from arriving at the port.CPC car parking included in our cruise price - very efficient.
Thanks to the guys from the Glass House thread for recommending the ice cuvée- fabulous! Drinking one now as I await my small plates.
Impressed so far with my return to P&O will post when I can.
Cheers
Pat
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#2
UK
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Joined May 2006
Glad you are enjoying the Peller Ice Cuvée ��

Looking forward to following your cruise, hope you have a wonderful time.
A little envious we have to wait until October until our next one.
#3
Cheshire
113 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
We are on the same cruise as you Pink belle, maybe someone needs to advise the Glasshouse to order an extra large supply of the Peller ice cuvée on 8 Oct!
#4
UK
817 Posts
Joined May 2006
Originally posted by silkworms
We are on the same cruise as you Pink belle, maybe someone needs to advise the Glasshouse to order an extra large supply of the Peller ice cuvée on 8 Oct!
Perhaps Pat could let them know, it's becoming more popular thanks to Cruise Critic.

I had a sinking feeling over the weekend, when I ordered the Fizz, red and white wine flight, and was told it wasn't available due to them not having one of the wines. Thankfully it was the Liquid Velvet, and there was plenty of ice cuvée to go round.
#5
686 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
You need to try the Greek wine they have there - it's called Wild Ferment. It's unusual, so be prepared, but Olly recommends it highly. I love it, and shall be drinking loads of it on Adonia in August so they had better have enough on board!

Have Fun!!
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#7
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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Joined Feb 2007
Thanks everyone.
A bit of a bumpy ride through the North Sea but here in Stavanger this morning it is beautifully sunny and with clear skies.
Last night was formal night, a mixed bag of formal attire but most men in DJs.
Dinner was 5 courses and my niece had the beef wellington which was very good, I had halibut, dry but tasty. I managed to get my port soaked Stilton with a glass of port to wash it down (just lbv), tasty but not quite as glorious as I remember! (Are things ever )
Lovely sail in this morning, just had breakfast via room service and off to see what Stavanger has to offer.
#8
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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We really like the ship. It is understated but elegant. Staff are very attentive. We have a balcony cabin on Riviera desk port side aft, probably prefer a lower deck - maybe 7 or 8 but I chose it without considering sailing the North Sea!
Beds are very comfy, layout is excellent, I particularly like the walk in wardrobe and bathroom layout which doesn't impinge on the cabin itself.
Our cabin steward Suset has been great, she chilled our champagne on the first evening, got us champagne flutes, an ice bucket which she replenishes every day and a vase for our flowers. (Who needs a suite ��)
So far so very good. Haven't bothered with any shows yet but have enjoyed music in Manhatten and Malibar. Won money in the casino (3 card poker, just wish they had a hold em table) and have enjoyed the company on our dinner table.
#9
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
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Hi. Cruisepuss, just tried the Wild Ferment, not for me but thanks for the recommend.
Ordered a bottle of the Ice Cuvée to be delivered to our table tonight

Had a lovely morning soaking n the sun in Stavanger.
#10
Bergen, Norway
599 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Originally posted by Deeliteful
Beautiful sail away from Southampton. Embarkation not as chaotic as it looked. We were on board 1 hour before our allotted time and only waited 15-20 mins from arriving at the port.CPC car parking included in our cruise price - very efficient.
Thanks to the guys from the Glass House thread for recommending the ice cuvée- fabulous! Drinking one now as I await my small plates.
Impressed so far with my return to P&O will post when I can.
Cheers
Pat
I'm hoping to be at the dockside to watch your sailaway from Bergen on Friday and take a set of photos...be sure to give me a wave Have a great trip!
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#11
686 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
Originally posted by Deeliteful
Hi. Cruisepuss, just tried the Wild Ferment, not for me but thanks for the recommend.
Ordered a bottle of the Ice Cuvée to be delivered to our table tonight

Had a lovely morning soaking n the sun in Stavanger.
Hi there! It is an unusual taste, but thanks for giving it a go.

Hoping we get your good weather in July when we're there on Arcadia!😊


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#12
UK
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Joined May 2006
Sounds wonderful Pat, lovely to be enjoying sunny skies with the beautiful scenery. My husband likes to go to the Petroleum museum in Stavanger, not as dull as it sounds.
#14
Notts
25 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
Originally posted by Deeliteful
We really like the ship. It is understated but elegant. Staff are very attentive. We have a balcony cabin on Riviera desk port side aft, probably prefer a lower deck - maybe 7 or 8 but I chose it without considering sailing the North Sea!
Beds are very comfy, layout is excellent, I particularly like the walk in wardrobe and bathroom layout which doesn't impinge on the cabin itself.
Our cabin steward Suset has been great, she chilled our champagne on the first evening, got us champagne flutes, an ice bucket which she replenishes every day and a vase for our flowers. (Who needs a suite ��)
So far so very good. Haven't bothered with any shows yet but have enjoyed music in Manhatten and Malibar. Won money in the casino (3 card poker, just wish they had a hold em table) and have enjoyed the company on our dinner table.
We've just returned from the Canaries on the Azura and were fortunate enough to have Suset as our cabin steward. We were in cabin R630 and nothing was too much trouble for Suset. She always had a smile and a cheerful greeting whenever she saw us. She also arranged an ice bucket with flutes for us as well. We had a wonderful time on Azura and hope you do as well.
#15
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
1,997 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
What a wonderful day today. Sailing into Olden was just spectacular and we were lucky enough to get a fabulous sunny morning too.
Walked around Olden (tiny) and sheltered from a small snow shower in the cafe near the old church.
In the afternoon we took the Brinksdale (?) glacier tour ncluding the troll car to within 15 mins of the glacier itself - you walk the rest. Just amazing scenery throughout. Lovely coffee and cakes served in the cafeteria afterwards.
Had booked Sindhu for our dinner this evening- wow! Could not fault it, just fabulous and worth every penny. If you haven't tried it yet, you really must.
Had an early night by relaxing on the balcony with our wine and watching the sunset at 10.30, still light now at 11.15.
Looking forward to Andalsnes tomorrow and maybe a swim in the Terrace pool before breakfast!
#16
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
1,997 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by dave2
We've just returned from the Canaries on the Azura and were fortunate enough to have Suset as our cabin steward. We were in cabin R630 and nothing was too much trouble for Suset. She always had a smile and a cheerful greeting whenever she saw us. She also arranged an ice bucket with flutes for us as well. We had a wonderful time on Azura and hope you do as well.
Think we are next door R702. She is great and love the cabin location.
We are thoroughly enjoying Azura too.
#17
UK
817 Posts
Joined May 2006
Sounds Perfect, Olden is a favourite port of mine.

I love an early morning swim, but tend to head to the Oasis Pool when it opens at 8am. Usually no one else about, you can ask the spa staff to turn on the infinity swim against the force gizmo.

Your posts are making me want to book another fjords cruise.
#18
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
1,997 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Didn't make my swim this morning but did enjoy another beautiful sail into port, Andalsnes. Gorgeous sunny day, not a cloud in the sky, we have been so lucky.
Walked into town but not a lot there. Decided against an excursion so spent the morning just relaxing on the balcony in the sunshine and enjoying the views. My niece is now off to the spa, I am off to lunch and may get my swim in this afternoon.
We had dinner in Sindhu last night, wow! Just amazing, food and service was top notch and I think my niece thought she had died and gone to heaven when she tasted the chocolate sphere.
Highly recommended.
#19
West Yorkshire UK
3,592 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
Dee, we have been disappointed with Sindhu when we have been in the past, I thought the food tasted a bit bland.
Maybe I made the wrong choices, what would you recommend, we are boarding Azura this Sunday.
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#20
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
1,997 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by terrierjohn
Dee, we have been disappointed with Sindhu when we have been in the past, I thought the food tasted a bit bland.
Maybe I made the wrong choices, what would you recommend, we are boarding Azura this Sunday.
Hi John
I had the tandoori starters, my niece had ground beef flatbreads, main for me was beef tenderloin, niece had duck. None them are madras hot but very tasty.
Hope it's more to your liking next week.
Today has been amazing,sunbathing on deck (our balcony is in the shade ) and swimming in the Oasis pool (terrace pool closed as too much chlorine in it), never expected to be sunbathing on this cruise at's for sure. Fabulous weather.
Cheers

Pat