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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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Rotterdam (2021)
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Rotterdam (2021)

14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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MSC Poesia
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MSC Poesia

28 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Volendam
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Volendam

28 Night
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Leaving:Rotterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Sky Princess

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Leaving:Rotterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Rotterdam (2021)

14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Rotterdam (2021)

7 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

26 Night
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

26 Night
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Rotterdam (2021)

14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Rotterdam (2021)

14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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MSC Poesia

14 Night
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Leaving:Rostock
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Azamara Quest

14 Night
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Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Azamara
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Sirena

12 Night
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Leaving:Edinburgh
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Carnival Pride

9 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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MSC Magnifica

7 Night
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324 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Queen Victoria

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Sky Princess

21 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Norwegian Star

11 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Anthem of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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MSC Preziosa

14 Night
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Leaving:Kiel
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Carnival Pride

9 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Celebrity Apex

7 Night
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4 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Apex

7 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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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
Stavanger - considered to be most beautiful city in Norway. Probably it is. We downloaded map of Stavanger graffiti festival and did our own city quest searching for different graffities - it was amazing!... Read More
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Chukigek
Stavanger is a charming port with most of the attractions in walking distance of the ship. The town is easy to explore nd if you don't want to venture outside the town centre there is no need to book a tour.... Read More
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MK_Cruiser1955
Stavanger is very pretty, but got filled up very quickly with 3 cruise ships, glad we wandered early.... Read More
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Llanfairpg
We docked right in the town and on leaving the ship could have walked along the harbour to the main shopping area. However we chose to explore some of the lovely little hill streets, away from crowds and get some of... Read More
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