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Great to have found you all!
Hubby and I have never cruised before and we are thinking of booking Northern Lights cruise Nov 2021 on the Victoria.
We'll book a Britannia Balcony cabin but I wondered what was the best section of the ship to choose? The auto booking offered me Aft deck 4 but I have no idea at all what I should be looking for/considering.
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Best seat in the house, albeit only on the way back .... in normal times I would jump at it.

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annethered wrote: 17 Dec 2020, 14:15 Great to have found you all!
Hubby and I have never cruised before and we are thinking of booking Northern Lights cruise Nov 2021 on the Victoria.
We'll book a Britannia Balcony cabin but I wondered what was the best section of the ship to choose? The auto booking offered me Aft deck 4 but I have no idea at all what I should be looking for/considering.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I like Deck 4 - balconies are longer than other decks (part covered, part exposed) and handy for most of the public rooms. However, look at a deck plan - some of the forward balconies have metal fronts; they are marked on the plans. There's more movement forward and aft but as long as you don't mind that, it matters not. Not as much movement midships.

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Welcome to the forum annethered

I've never sailed on Victoria myself but here are the deck plans

https://www.cunard.jp/pdf/QV-deck-plans-2019.pdf
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We like Victoria. We always opt for mid ships cabins on any ship. Less motion if it does get choppy. Which it could in the North Atlantic and North Sea in winter.

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Hi Anne....pleased that you have found us...do ask any question you like about cruising as there is a wealth of experience on this forum. Since joining this forum l have my own personal cruise consultant....he's bit pricey :) but what Manoverboard doesn't know about cruising/destinations/excursions, I don't know about horse racing.

First cruises are very special especially from a balcony cabin.....enjoy!

Btw, I'm sending you a box of "welcome on board" keefy chocolates.....but please bear in mind delivery can be a bit hit and miss this time of the year...enjoy!

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For your sake annethered let’s hope his virtual chocolates are a miss :D
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annethered, we have not sailed on QV but have been on P&Os Arcadia, which is a close cousin, and had an aft balcony cabin on deck 4. Normally the recommended location is to have passenger cabins above and below, to avoid any noise from public rooms, but the deck 4 aft cabins are above the main dining room and we did not notice any noise at all. Most of the standard balcony cabins are the same size and, assuming they are like Arcadia, will have a bath with a shower over the bath, some on Arcadia only had a shower, so its well worth carefully checking the deck plans.
The only potential problem you may encounter is that cruising is very addictive, you won't want to disembark, and you will most likely be desperate to book your next cruise. ;)
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Oooh lots to think about but I feel in safe hands here!

Just another quick question. Is a higher deck better? Deck 8 is also an option.

And I'll eat any chocolates, virtual are admittedly better for the waistline!

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The higher you go the more movement there is .... if you enjoy riding the big dipper than go high. Hi :thumbup:
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annethered wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 17:23 Oooh lots to think about but I feel in safe hands here!

Just another quick question. Is a higher deck better? Deck 8 is also an option.

And I'll eat any chocolates, virtual are admittedly better for the waistline!

Its entirely up to you, but just be aware of what is above, or come to that also below or even on the same deck as you depending what deck you are on. To be on the safe side try and stick as much to mid ships to get your sea legs. At the end of the day we can all guide you on here but it will be experience that wins in the end. But keep the questions coming. :thumbup:

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annethered wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 17:23 Oooh lots to think about but I feel in safe hands here!

Just another quick question. Is a higher deck better? Deck 8 is also an option.

And I'll eat any chocolates, virtual are admittedly better for the waistline!
Be careful about deck 8, this is just below lido deck and there could be lots of noise from sunbeds being put out early in the morning. My own choice would be deck 4, but that's my personal preference.
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Hi Anne…. from my limited cruise experience (none on Victoria) I would agree with Towny and Mob…best go 4 midship.
I’m not sure if this is the case with Victoria but generally speaking mid ship cabins tend to have a lift nearby which can be a useful when trying to find your way back to your cabin…. there will be times when you don’t know your bow from the stern especially when walking the identical corridors. One tip someone gave me is to look at the pattern of the carpet as a guide to which way you should be going.

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Onelife wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 22:06 Hi Anne…. from my limited cruise experience (none on Victoria) I would agree with Towny and Mob…best go 4 midship.
Not midship on deck 4, these cabins are obstructed ocean view ones and not balconies/
I’m not sure if this is the case with Victoria but generally speaking mid ship cabins tend to have a lift nearby which can be a useful when trying to find your way back to your cabin…. there will be times when you don’t know your bow from the stern especially when walking the identical corridors. One tip someone gave me is to look at the pattern of the carpet as a guide to which way you should be going.

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You need either fore or aft to have a balcony, I have no experience of the foreword cabins, but in either case I would go for one that is nearer to midships, although ours was probably closer to aft and we had no problems with the ships movement, even though we had quite a gale blowing one day.
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towny44 wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 22:54
Onelife wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 22:06 Hi Anne…. from my limited cruise experience (none on Victoria) I would agree with Towny and Mob…best go 4 midship.
Not midship on deck 4, these cabins are obstructed ocean view ones and not balconies/
I’m not sure if this is the case with Victoria but generally speaking mid ship cabins tend to have a lift nearby which can be a useful when trying to find your way back to your cabin…. there will be times when you don’t know your bow from the stern especially when walking the identical corridors. One tip someone gave me is to look at the pattern of the carpet as a guide to which way you should be going.

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You need either fore or aft to have a balcony, I have no experience of the foreword cabins, but in either case I would go for one that is nearer to midships, although ours was probably closer to aft and we had no problems with the ships movement, even though we had quite a gale blowing one day.
I presume this is a specific reference to deck 4. On most decks there are plenty of midships balconies.

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Mervyn and Trish wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 23:40
towny44 wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 22:54
Onelife wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 22:06 Hi Anne…. from my limited cruise experience (none on Victoria) I would agree with Towny and Mob…best go 4 midship.
Not midship on deck 4, these cabins are obstructed ocean view ones and not balconies/
I’m not sure if this is the case with Victoria but generally speaking mid ship cabins tend to have a lift nearby which can be a useful when trying to find your way back to your cabin…. there will be times when you don’t know your bow from the stern especially when walking the identical corridors. One tip someone gave me is to look at the pattern of the carpet as a guide to which way you should be going.

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You need either fore or aft to have a balcony, I have no experience of the foreword cabins, but in either case I would go for one that is nearer to midships, although ours was probably closer to aft and we had no problems with the ships movement, even though we had quite a gale blowing one day.
I presume this is a specific reference to deck 4. On most decks there are plenty of midships balconies.
Yes, specifically only for deck 4, which was the initial cabin offered to the OP.
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I’m sure you are only trying to be helpful John but I don’t personally agree of editing someone’s original post, ie Onelifes. At least not without their permission. I leave that to the moderators.
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Stephen wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 07:58 I’m sure you are only trying to be helpful John but I don’t personally agree of editing someone’s original post, ie Onelifes. At least not without their permission. I leave that to the moderators.
It wasn't an edit Stephen it was a reply.
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Thank you, Stephen, I struggle to read my own writing without someone adding things to it…. but as you say John was only trying to clarify my mistakes…. it’s his hobby. :lol:

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To Anethered : You are choosing an interesting year for your first cruise experience.
We are booked on Aurora in October and are still in two minds as to whether to cancel.
The cruise experience is likely to be very different from the "old normal".
What is putting us off at the moment is the inability to go DIY at the cruise ports, therefore being herded around on ship's tours, and the prospect of wearing masks and social distancing whilst on board.
If that is still the case in July, when our final payment is due we will cancel.
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Onelife wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 09:49 Thank you, Stephen, I struggle to read my own writing without someone adding things to it…. but as you say John was only trying to clarify my mistakes…. it’s his hobby. :lol:
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Bear in mind that any cruise to the Northern Lights can be his or miss as to what you see.

We spent several hours stood around at -15C looking at nothing!

Also remember that you will need plenty of "cold weather" gear.

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There was a lovely programme on TV last night with Jane McDonald doing Christmas cruises. In one she sailed up the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten on Polarlys, hopefully to see the Northern Lights which, on this occasion, did not materialise. I must admit Hurtigruten looked a lot more appealing than I otherwise thought.
She also did a rather nice river cruise down the Rhine visiting Christmas markets which gave food for thought.
A few years ago Joanna Lumley did a similar cruise to Norway for the Northern Lights and she was disappointed too. I think you just have to be lucky.
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Don't Hurtigruten guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights and if not you some (all?) of your money back

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Manoverboard wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 10:31
Onelife wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 09:49 Thank you, Stephen, I struggle to read my own writing without someone adding things to it…. but as you say John was only trying to clarify my mistakes…. it’s his hobby. :lol:
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I have noticed over recent months that you have been very lackadaisical in correcting my grammatical errors…you need to pull your socks up…Just saying! :D :wave:

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Onelife wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 11:56
I have noticed over recent months that you have been very lackadaisical in correcting my grammatical errors…you need to pull your socks up…Just saying! :D :wave:
He's given up. There were too many to cope with!!! :lol: :wave:
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david63 wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 11:12 Don't Hurtigruten guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights and if not you some (all?) of your money back
You are correct David.............
"If the Northern Lights do not appear on your cruise to Norway, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE. The promise is applicable on select voyages between 1 October and 31 March".
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oldbluefox wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 12:01
david63 wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 11:12 Don't Hurtigruten guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights and if not you some (all?) of your money back
You are correct David.............
"If the Northern Lights do not appear on your cruise to Norway, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE. The promise is applicable on select voyages between 1 October and 31 March".
It must get a bit frustrating getting that 4am phone bridge phone call saying its your last chance to see the lights … or no refund. :)
I’m presuming between theses dates there must be a pretty good chance of seeing them… nevertheless quite reassuring for those who have booked.

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oldbluefox wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 12:01
david63 wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 11:12 Don't Hurtigruten guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights and if not you some (all?) of your money back
You are correct David.............
"If the Northern Lights do not appear on your cruise to Norway, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage FREE OF CHARGE. The promise is applicable on select voyages between 1 October and 31 March".
They do, but it comes with conditions. They have to be seen from the bridge. Doesn't say how bright they have to be, how long or what the time of day or night. Might be 1 minute at 3am through the Third Officer's best binoculars!

But if it happens it must be amazing to see.

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I know this will sound a bit farfetched but when I was a kid, I remember seeing what I believe were the Northern lights in my village which is situated just north of Stratford upon Avon….it was beautiful!!

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Probably the consequence of your first foray into wacky baccy. 🤣
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We did a similar Christmas Riverboat Cruise to JM, our cruise included the Bank Holidays but note that the market venues are frequently deconstructed on the 22nd. We therefore saw zilch in Cologne but some of the other places did remain open to accomodate our visit :clap: :clap:

Also did pre Christmas on Aurora and thought that Luneburg, Germany, was tops.
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I had a look at the excursions on Hurtigruten. If you think P&O are expensive theirs were eye watering. It could turn out a very expensive cruise.
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Onelife wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 12:31 I know this will sound a bit farfetched but when I was a kid, I remember seeing what I believe were the Northern lights in my village which is situated just north of Stratford upon Avon….it was beautiful!!
I think you’ll find that was guy fawkes night and you were holding a sparkler :D

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Stephen wrote: 20 Dec 2020, 10:58
Onelife wrote: 19 Dec 2020, 12:31 I know this will sound a bit farfetched but when I was a kid, I remember seeing what I believe were the Northern lights in my village which is situated just north of Stratford upon Avon….it was beautiful!!
I think you’ll find that was guy fawkes night and you were holding a sparkler :D
Having done a bit of research it could be that I witnessed the 1958 auroras, which were unusually active during…. Bonfire night :thumbup: :D

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