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Queen Elizabeth 2 - 2004
The Land of the Midnight Sun - Overview

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Our cruise on the Queen Elizabeth 2 from Southampton to Amsterdam and then up the west coast of Norway, to the North Cape, before returning to Southampton gave fascinating insights into another area of the world we had never visited. Norway is a narrow country, 1600 miles long and with 13,300 miles of coastline. There are many islands, and there is a good ferry service, now supplemented by a number of tunnels. It has a population of around 5 million, with the main centres being Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. We very much enjoyed our visit. The scenery is spectacular, perhaps better than New Zealand, and the people are friendly and helpful. We intend to go back again.

Usually we book an inside cabin on QE2; we prefer to have longer and more frequent holidays in comparatively less luxury. For this trip we chose one of the larger inside cabins, on 5 Deck. Everyone on 5 Deck eats in the Mauretania restaurant. As Cunard World Club Platinum card holders we had priority at check-in and boarding. We also found a bottle of cold Cava waiting to welcome us in the cabin - another good idea.

Using the same style as previous journeys, the write-up is in several parts with navigation bars at top and bottom of each page allowing you to move from page to page.

Firstly there is a comprehensive introduction to cruising on the QE2 writen by Peter - this may be skipped if you have read about our previous experiences. It has however been updated to include details and cameos of life on board from this journey. That is where you will find information and pictures of everything from Gala dinners to ice carving, and tug of wars to crossing the line. This is common to several years cruising so use the links at top and bottom to return to this cruise, to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Secondly there are a number of sections based round the ports, listed in the order in which they were visited. They have been extracted from a daily log kept by Pauline and make comprehensive use of photographs we took - a picture is worth a thousand words. All the small pictures (icons) give details of where they are if you hover the cursor over them and enlarged versions will pop up if you click them. The popup windows are reused and then tidied up when you leave the page.

There is a lot of detail, even with the small pictures, so the pages are large and slow to load the first time you visit them. You should have text in seconds but the last pictures may take over a minute to fill in and it is best to wait before clicking on the popups - you may have to refresh some browsers to get the last icons filled in if you interupt them.

We hope you will enjoy the write up as much as we enjoyed the journey

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