A Norwegian cruise is a holiday experience that you will treasure for many years. Imagine yourself on the top deck of a cruise liner, with an ice cold drink in your hand looking out over the beautiful Fjords with their breathtaking environment or looking out over the port of Trondheim, the first Viking capital of Norway.
Both these and a whole lot more are possible on a Norwegian Cruise.
Although it is possible to access similar positions and have similar experiences by accessing Norway by land, it is the ease that it can be done which appeals to cruise goers. Often going to sleep in one port and waking up in another, even travelling during the day is an experience in itself due to incredibly high standard of norwegian cruise ships which have something to keep everyone entertained.
Norwegian cruise – an incredible experience!
The social side of a Norwegian cruise is also a huge attraction. On board entertainment often includes dinner dances, workshops and lectures and of course spa treatments. Unlike some holidays, you will return from a Norwegian cruise totally refreshed and with renewed vigour.
All of this means that a Norwegian cruise is an ideal way of seeing all that Norway has to offer so don’t delay any longer. There are a large number of cruise lines that provide a large variety of itineraries so there is something for everyone. So don’t delay, book your Norwegian cruise today!
Discover the Beauty of the Fjords on a Norwegian Cruise
Have you ever thought about taking a Norwegian Cruise? If not, then maybe you should do so. For a start, cruising is becoming very popular these days and there is a large choice of cruise lines and itineraries for whichever part of the world you would like to visit. A cruising holiday also provides a great choice. People decide to go on a cruise for one of two reasons: either they want to visit a variety of countries and ports to get a taste of all these different places and cultures; or they want to concentrate on a particular area or country and visit different ports in that country. For those who are still not sure about cruising, imagine no more hanging around at airports for international flights and no baggage allowance. These are just a few of the advantages of a norwegian cruise, along with the convenience of waking up in a different port, or even country, every day without having to pack and unpack your cases or move to a different hotel room. One reason for choosing a Norwegian Cruise is to see all the splendour and beauty of the Norwegian fjords and waterfalls that can be found all around the coasts of this country. Whether you go in the winter or summer you are guaranteed spectacular scenery. There are a few cruise lines that offer these cruises and we are going to have a quick look at each of them to see what is on offer.
One of the largest cruise lines to visit Norway is the Cunard Line, with its amazing ships. The Queen Mary II is the largest of these at 150,000 tonnes. She accommodates just over 2,500 passengers and boasts twelve different cabin types. The smallest is an inside cabin of 155 square feet and the largest is a grand duplex suite with 2,249 square feet of space. The facilities include a theatre, ballroom, fitness centres and spas, casino, shops, numerous restaurants and bars, library, golf simulator and a planetarium. The Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2010 and can accommodate just over 2,000 passengers. The Queen Victoria is the smallest of the liners, accommodating just under 2,000 passengers.
The Queen Mary II does a seven-day cruise of the fjords and waterfalls calling in at Stavanger, Flåm, Geiranger, and Bergen. Leaving from Southampton, the first day is at sea before reaching the first port of call in Stavanger, a city that combines medieval charm with the modern city. Flåm, the second port, is famous for its 20km stretch of railway that winds along the side of the fjord. Geiranger is well known for its spectacular waterfalls and Bergen will introduce you to local craftsmen. The Queen Victoria also does the same cruise. The Queen Mary II offers an alternative as well, calling in at Ålesund instead of Flåm, as does the Queen Elizabeth. The prices of these cruises vary depending on the time of year and type of cabin, but can start from as little as £649 per person. If you want to travel a little further afield and visit the north of the country as well, the Queen Elizabeth does an eleven-night cruise that calls at Bergen and Geiranger before heading north to Honningsvåg and Tromsø, then returning via Olden and Stavanger. The prices for this cruise start at around £999. Another option is a cruise called the Scandinavian Adventure, a twelve-night cruise which calls at some of the above mentioned ports in Norway as well as Oslo, and also visits Denmark and Germany.
Another big and popular norwegian cruise line is P & O Cruises, which has a few choices for cruising in Norway. For example, the Oriana does a fourteen-night Norwegian cruise of the fjords. P & O cruises also leave from Southampton and this one calls at Stavanger, Flåm, Geiranger, Trondheim and Honningsvåg before cruising off the North Cape then returning via Tromsø, Åndalsnes, Olden and Bergen. Prices for this cruise can start from £1,759 for an inside cabin. Or you could choose a seven-night cruise on the Ventura visiting Stavanger, Eidfjord, Olden and Bergen with prices starting from around £879 for an inside cabin. P & O also offers an eighteen-night cruise on the Aurora which visits Ireland, Greenland, Iceland, and Norway.
Holland America Line is a Dutch company that offers cruises of Norway and the fjords as well as a huge selection of Scandinavian cruises. A seven-night cruise on the MS Ryndam leaving from Dover calls at Stavanger, Lysefjord, Ålesund, Flåm, Sognefjord and Bergen. Prices for an ocean view cabin are around £1000. They also have Scandinavian cruises as mentioned as well as Baltic cruises, and North Sea cruises.
MSC Cruises are an Italian-based company offering a variety of norwegian cruise options. It is possible to choose different departure ports such as Southampton, Amsterdam, Kiel, Copenhagen and even St. Petersburg amongst others. The cruises on MSC call at all of the southernmost Norwegian ports mentioned above in the other cruise companies’ itineraries, as well as at places like Kristiansand. Although their site mentions places in the north of Norway it wasn’t possible to find cruises that called there.
Booking cruises can be done online, with the actual cruise line, or at a travel agent. If you want to book or browse your options online there seem to be a few disadvantages to this on some of these sites. P & O Cruises seems to be the best one giving you prices for every choice you make of cabin and cruise. Cunard gives you some price information for some cabin types on a cruise but also provides a number for you to call for prices of other cabin options. Holland America also gives you some price options with instructions to call them for other prices. MSC gives no visible clue at all as to their prices or how to book the cruise once you find what you want. So as you can see there is a vast choice of Norwegian cruise options, depending on how much you want to pay and where you want to visit.