Saturday, 18 May 2019

Northern Cities Cruise Royal Caribbean 2019

We've been on several cruises before but by far my favourite was to Norway and the Fjords.  This time we chose to visit the Norwegian capital Oslo and several other major northern cities of Europe.

Independence of the Seas Promenade
We went on our favourite ship Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas.  We love everything about this ship and my favourite place is the cantilever spa pools - one on either side of the ship.  It's a great place to view everything and an added bonus that no children are allowed.

Libby our daughter was finally (after years of waiting) tall enough to try the flowrider.  We booked a group lesson for early on the first morning so she could try it out without large numbers of people watching.  Unfortunately after arriving and waiting for over 40 minutes no one turned up.  She was very disappointed but the staff admitted they had completely forgotten so arranged another lesson just for her and her dad the next day.  It was fabulous.  The 2 instructors were really good fun and by the end of the session she was doing great.  It was used many times over the week and she gained quite a reputation amongst the hardened surfer men who cheered her on and were great with her.  I on the other hand chose to do the recording and photographs.
Libby surfing on the Flowrider
Our dining choice was to sit at a table with another family.  This can sometimes work and be fun or you can get seated with people who are total opposites.  This time we were lucky and enjoyed a week with a lovely mum and her son.  We had lots of laughs with both them and the dining room staff who were as always absolutely fabulous going above and beyond to help and make it very special.  I celebrated my birthday on board and our table was treated to a specially made dinner that happened to be my favourites (I had mentioned this to one of the waiters earlier in the week) - well done Royal Caribbean.

We did a cupcake decorating class which again was great fun and enjoyed by all.  Unfortunately, my husband turned out to be the most creative and his stiletto cupcake design was stunning - we'll never live it down.
Jonathan's masterpiece!
Why did it have to be so good?
As for the cities we visited; Oslo, Hamburg and Brugee they were all lovely.  Oslo was stunning with lots to do and very friendly people who couldn't do enough to help.  If you get the chance visit Vigeland Sculpture Park as its quite something to see.  Hamburg was a little functional but still a lovely place to visit, the departure was beautiful and we got lots of waving from people on the banks. The lake in the centre of the city is beautiful and surrounded by stunning houses and different embassies.  Brugee was, as always, gorgeous.  A stunning historical city with lovely waterways, medieval buildings and lots and lots of chocolate shops.  Libby's favourite was obviously Brugee and she shopped til she dropped - it took us many weeks to eat all the chocolate she bought (a difficult job but someone had to do it).


Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo
We had a lovely week and cannot wait to return.  I truly feel as though I left a little piece of my heart in Norway and maybe someday this is where I'll end up.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

We The Curios Bristol Planetarium

As a surprise for my husband Jonathan who loves anything astronomical I booked an adult only session at the Bristol Planetarium.

The session was in 3D and was really well done.  Usually I struggle with 3D due to sight problems but this one worked perfectly.  The effect of us flying over Earth was breath taking and when we landed on another planet the droplet effect was mesmerizing.
The night sky at Bristol Planetarium
The show itself was well presented but the presenter whilst pleasant would have suited a much younger audience.

There were refreshments on offer and overall was a really nice evening that I would recommend to other lovers of the night sky.