I have always wanted to visit Norway, ever since my grandmother told me that our family descended from the Vikings (we all have platinum blonde hair) and my dentist confirmed my ancestry by informing me that I had a Norwegian jaw (not sure what this meant exactly, but he had obviously taken a course in dental anthropology). So when my mother invited me to join her on an all-expenses-paid cruise up the Norwegian Fjords, it sparked my interest.
Now, I would like to say that I “jumped at the chance,” but to be honest the idea of cruising filled me with dread. I blame James Cameron’s epic romance-disaster film Titanic for fueling my unease of crossing the North Sea in a multistory floating hotel. But my mother is a persuasive woman, and before I had a chance to back out, we were booked on Cruise & Maritime Voyage’s (CMV) Magellan for a week of adventure.