FABULOUS FJORDS; Tony and Mary Ward Celebrate Three Decades of Marriage in the Norwegian Fjords, Combining Spectacular Sightseeing with a World-Class Cruise

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FABULOUS FJORDS; Tony and Mary Ward Celebrate Three Decades of Marriage in the Norwegian Fjords, Combining Spectacular Sightseeing with a World-Class Cruise


After enjoying a number of cruises over the past decade, Tony and I now find ourselves reaching for the Princess brochure soon after we return, ready to make a decision on our next trip. So, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we decided to treat ourselves to a bonus break in addition to our annual holiday and travel - appropriately - to the pearl of northern Europe, cruising around the Norwegian fjords. The seven-night itinerary was great value and, although we felt it was a treat, it certainly didn't break the bank.

Joining the elegant Crown Princess at Southampton, we headed for our balcony stateroom, which we'd booked to maximise our enjoyment of the magnificent landscapes of the Scandinavian coast. Our first day, though, was spent in utterly indulgent hedonism on board, with his-and-hers pampering in the Lotus Spa. I opted for a detoxifying Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean wrap, and booked Tony in for a Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap - 'a heated seaweed mask with pine and rosemary, to help ease arthritis and muscle fatigue' - perfect for a 61-year-old who can't admit he's no longer match fit!

After luxuriating in the whirlpool spas and enjoying a leisurely ondeck stroll as the ship headed north, it was time to dress for dinner and head to Crooners Martini Bar to enjoy some aperitifs. Then, to one of our favourite Princess restaurants, the Crown Grill, where we both love the array of seafood dishes on offer: my grilled tiger prawns in a whisky and chilli marinade lived up to all expectations, and Tony barely spoke as he tucked into his lobster tails - a good sign! …

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