Try Fred. Olsen. I have cruised many times with them and found them excellent. You will have to act quickly as fjord cruises go quickly and most clients of Fred. Olsen tend to book a long way ahead.
I hope you are able to travel this year. It will be an unforgetable experience.
You must have missed the overwhelming marketing through every cruise companys mail/e mail and newspaper coverage if you think that fred olsen is booked up ahead of time !! They have been blitzing for months ! maybe their repeat cruisers have gone on that ultimate cruise in the sky !
We sailed to Norway on the Thomson Spirit from Norwich last August. Thomson ships are small and friendly, the food was excellent and the drink prices were not expensive. This would be perfect for a first cruise. There is a formal, meet the Captain night but you don't have to attend and can eat in the self service restaurant instead on that night. We were shocked at how cold it was at sea and in Norway for August. It was sleeting at Eidfjord. I only had sandles and had to ware my husbands socks with them! My sister rushed to the first shop when we docked and bought a scarf and hat! Apart from the weather it was a wonderful cruise and the scenery was something else. I think it's a different Thomson ship doing that itinerary this year but they are all small. I would highly recommend this cruise, just take some warm cloths and don't expect to sunbath on deck.
I suggest Saga. Small ships and a senior crowd.
What a great shame that you have placed all of these conditions on your first cruise! You will be missing out on a few FANTASTIC CRUISES if you do not open your eyes and minds, and go for the "Full Monty" so to speak! Look at a couple of these superb deals that are around at the moment all leaving from the end of June, into July. They are on Top Class ships, and are at bargain prices! Can you really afford to pass such a chance over? Firstly I would suggest a couple of 12 night cruises (not much longer than a week really). Firstly one on the Norwegian Jade Sailing 29th June costing from around £750. Secondly on the Queen Victoria sailing on 6th july and costing from around £800 upwards. Finally, the Jewel in the crown, is an 18 NIGHT cruise on the Aurora leaving on the 30th June that not only visit the Norwegian Fjords, but also calls in at Iceland, Greenland and Ireland aswell! All from around £1000! Now that is a deal and a half, and may well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. All of these cruises sail from Southampton, an easy drive from Birmingham. How about one of these beauties then? You will have to be very quick to book though. Hope this has made you think again? Happy cruising.
Who is offering an 18 night cruise on 30th june in an outside cabin for around £1000 on Aurora, we would love to take that cruise!
Please read the first sentence of my answer. The rest of the answer assumes that NO conditions are applied to start with, and that ALL factors are considered before coming to a decision whether to take a specific cruise or not! The stated FROM prices will be for inside cabins. They are still unmissable for the price in my opinion if you like the itinerary. Of all the cruises I have taken, I have only had an outside cabin once, and that was continually covered with spray whilst at see, and usually had someone standing on the dock gawping in when we were in port! The only down side is that you can't tell if it is daylight outside yet when you first wake up in the morning, until you look at the alarm clock! Happy cruising.
My wife and I did a Norwegian cruise last summer wlth Celebrity which admittedly is a larger ship, however we met a couple in Bergen who were on the Thomson Spirit and absolutely loved it. They sailed from Newcastle.