Cruise line: Cunard Cruises,
Boarded Queen Victoria at Southampton and set sail for ’xmas markets 2009’. First port of call ,on sunday, was Stavanger Norway. pretty place but like the rest of Norway it was shut on sunday.
Still we did see some shop fronts and a childrens park made from oil well drilling gear. (Poor planning of port destinations were a feature of our QE2 cruise the year before).Onto Oslo. Now this was a gem.
We even put one over on an adjacent P&O liner by having christmas decorations up. The next port was Copenhagen. Not a chance. The rascals had organised a world climate summit and hadn’t told Cunard that berthing was not availabe.
Hamburg and its Xmas market was a peach. Everything that one could wish a xmas market should be. Zeebrugge we were told that the sea was too rough for the pilots to come out. Wind approx force 4-5, wave height 1.5mtr, cloud 8/8 visability good. More likely the pilots were on strike. Still; stooging about on the English channel for a day was almost interesting.
On board entertainment ranged from an Australian who sold millions of records (from his piano playing he should have stayed in his record shop) , a trombonist in the band who took up the instument the day before, a harpist who I would willing ly have bought tickets to go and see and a string quartet who were also very good but had a limited repertoir. The gingerbread village part of the onboard decorations included a satanistic bull. Perhaps a joke from the chef to go along with his portions of cheese at dinner.Overall rating: 2