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Cruises to Stavanger

Stavanger (Photo:Nightman1965/Shutterstock)

About Stavanger

Since the days of the Vikings, Stavanger's fate has been tied to the sea. The region in southeastern Norway was first settled 10,000 years ago, and Vikings set forth on their seafaring expeditions from these shores. In more modern times, fishing was the city's moneymaker, and sardine canning was big business. Today, the North Sea oil industry rules Stavanger, which is often referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway.

Stavanger is Norway's fourth most populous city, but it won't seem like a bustling metropolis when you set foot off your ship. The harbor area where ships dock is easily walkable, with the small white cottages of Old Stavanger immediately to the west, a tangle of pedestrian shopping streets to the east and restaurants housed in old warehouses lining the harbor itself. Most major attractions, such as the Canning and Petroleum museums, are a quick stroll away.

If you came to Norway to immerse yourself in fjords, Stavanger is the jumping off point for boat trips into the Lysefjord, with its dramatic cliffs (including the towering Pulpit Rock) and gushing waterfalls. However, if you want to learn a bit about what makes Norway tick, Stavanger can offer unique museums not typically found in other destinations. Sardines and petroleum might not be your first loves, but Stavanger's museums find ways to make the seemingly mundane fascinating.

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207 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jul 12, 2024
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Island Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

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1,186 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Viking Venus
Viking Venus (Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

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Viking HomelandsDetails

95 Reviews
Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Holland America Line's Rotterdam at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

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Best Of NorwayDetails

57 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Viking SagasDetails

57 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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197 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
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World CruiseDetails

281 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jun 23, 2023
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Aug 10, 2024
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197 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jul 12, 2023
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Jul 11, 2023
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730 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jun 24, 2024
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Viking Shores & FjordsDetails

331 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
May 22, 2023
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Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

19 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Aug 31, 2023
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World CruiseDetails

375 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jun 2, 2024
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Viking Shores & FjordsDetails

1,920 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jul 29, 2024
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More about Stavanger

Why go to Stavanger?

Pros:

Home to unusual museums like the Norwegian Canning and Petroleum museums

Cons:

The city is full of shops and restaurants, but you might find prices too high for your taste

Bottom Line:

Options for all from museums and historic spots to shopping and Lysefjord trips

Stavanger Cruise Port Facilities?

There are no port buildings with facilities, but the tourist office drops off a box of maps, set on a table as you walk out of the secure area into town. Shops, museums, restaurants and other attractions are all within walking distance.

Good to Know?

Norway is very expensive; crewmembers report buying a Big Mac, fries and a milkshake for $40! Be prepared for sticker shock if you're planning on dining in town or doing any shopping.

Also, the weather in Norway can be changeable. On a July day in Stavanger, bright sun and downpours switched off throughout our visit. Wear layers and bring rain gear -- even if it seems nice when you're preparing to disembark.

Getting Around?

On Foot: If you're sightseeing within town, you can walk to all attractions. Parts of Old Stavanger and the harbor area are pedestrian-only zones.

By Bus: A hop on, hop off bus is available if you want to visit multiple museums, including the few not immediately in the harbor area (although it's not the typical red City Sightseeing bus company you'll find in other ports). The buses park right by the premier cruise ship berth by Old Stavanger and go to the tourist information office/Stavanger cathedral, the Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Museum, Museum of Archaeology, Stavanger Art Museum and the royal home Ledaal. Buses depart every half hour, and the circuit takes 45 minutes. Tickets may be purchased at the tourist office or onboard the bus.

Local buses will take you to the Iron Age Farm (about a 10-minute ride) or to the beaches at Sola and Valard. Inquire at the tourist office for more information.

By Bike: You can rent bikes at the tourist office. One scenic cycle route takes you from Stavanger to the beach at Sola.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Norwegian krone (NOK). For updated currency-conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. Most shops and restaurants will accept credit cards, but there are ATM's (called minibanks) throughout the harbor area if you need to withdraw cash. There are two by the tourist office, on either side of the Spare Bank building. You can also change bills only at the tourist office.

Language?

Norwegian is a varied language, with two written forms -- Nynorsk and Bokmal. When speaking, Norwegians use their own regional dialects but generally can understand each other. Most people speak excellent English, as kids learn it in school from an early age.

A few key phrases to know include: hallo (hello); tak (thank you); ja (yes); and nei (no).

Where You're Docked?

Ships dock right in town, at the Port of Stavanger. There are four berths, two in the inner harbor and two in the outer harbor. No matter your location, you'll be a five- to 10-minute walk from most downtown attractions.


Stavanger Cruise Reviews
Without doubt one of the highlights of the cruise. We took a boat excursion Lysefjord Cruise and Pulpit Rock. Worth every penny some of the most fantastic scenery we have ever seen. Later we made a visit to the NorweRead More
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JC46
There’s a good hop on hop off bus here. Recommend you do the Petroleum Museum and allow a good 90 minutes there. It’s an excellent insight into the past the present and the future for oil and it’s impact on Norway aRead More
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uktog
(docked) Took the “Lysefjord: Pulpit Rock Cruise Tour,” which was a rather chilling and rainy boat ride from port to fjord. Luckily, upon arriving at fjord the weather cleared to view the various shear cliffs, whiRead More
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Kamfish642
We docked right in the town centre, five minute walk away. They have a HOHO bus and the city sightseeing bus which look exactly the same but if you get a ticket for one you can't use it on the other so just check whiRead More
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