The only way is Norway: All aboard for a scenic cruise; Nigel Colborn; Daily Mail Online

Norway – West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
  • Norway is a popular – and spectacular – destination for a European cruise
  • The west coast of this Scandinavian country is riddled with fjords and inlets
  • The Geirangerfjord is one of them – so scenic it is a Unesco World Heritage Site

How easy it is to be wooed by glossy cruise brochures.

Lavish comfort is promised on every page, along with impeccable service set against the most romantic of destinations.

But can cruise lines really deliver such ambitious dreams in full? A few get close.

Take our trip to Norway on Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) 46,000-ton Magellan. We embark with minimal fuss at London Tilbury and soon settle into our roomy cabin.

Magellan — originally named the Holiday — was Danish-built for Carnival Cruise Lines in 1985. Later, she housed Hurricane Katrina victims, then became a floating hotel for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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