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About Olden

As well as being surrounded by immense natural beauty -- think emerald lakes, towering mountains and cascading waterfalls -- this fjord village of approximately 500 inhabitants once hosted American portrait and landscape artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), whose "Singerheimen" home is about a mile from the pier.

Olden is mainly a gateway to outdoor activities, such as fishing or boating in the chilly teal-colored, glacier-fed waters of Oldevatnet Lake. The "Old Church," an unassuming white frame structure that dates back to 1759, is a tourist magnet. The interior is wooden and unpainted; there is no electricity or heating. The pews are in boxes, each with a wooden door, with some doors bearing family initials. The unusual antler-like hat racks on the men's side of the church are fashioned from the branches of young birch trees, with the bark removed.

Want to escape paying for internet onboard your ship? Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi in the center of Olden.


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  • 35 Night
    Cruise to Olden

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Bar Harbor, Red Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    35 Night Cruise to Olden Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Boston
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      Bar Harbor
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Red Bay (Canada)
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      Djupivogur
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      Alesund
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      Olden
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      Bergen
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      Amsterdam
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      Amsterdam
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      St. Anthony
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      St. John's (Newfoundland)
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      Halifax
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      Boston
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    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Herbs Mom
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Top Notch small ship! Great Itinerary!!!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Almost a Perfect Journey
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  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Olden

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Southampton, Hamburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    25 Night Cruise to Olden Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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      Cruising
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      Hamburg
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      Cruising
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      Alesund
    • Day 13
      Olden
    • Day 13
      Innvikfjorden
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      Nordfjord
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      Flam
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      Aurlandsfjord
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      Bergen
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      Cruising
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      Hamburg
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Phenomenal enrichment, excellent specialty dining and only kennels at sea

    Cons

    Poor food quality in dining room, abysmally slow internet and mediocre nighttime entertainment

    Bottom Line

    QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

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    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.5

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    Canmerican
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointment
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    gillwu
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Cunard put the health of guests and crew as the first priority.
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  • 26 Night
    Cruise to Olden

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Southampton, Hamburg ... see more
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    26 Night Cruise to Olden Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Southampton
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      Cruising
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      Hamburg
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      Cruising
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      Stavanger
    • Day 13
      Olden
    • Day 13
      Innvikfjorden
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      Nordfjord
    • Day 14
      Andalsnes
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      Romsdalsfjord
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      Flam
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      Cruising
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      Hamburg
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      Southampton
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      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Phenomenal enrichment, excellent specialty dining and only kennels at sea

    Cons

    Poor food quality in dining room, abysmally slow internet and mediocre nighttime entertainment

    Bottom Line

    QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

    Reviews

    Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.5

    The prospect of traveling onboard Queen Mary 2, the world's only ocean liner, is thrilling -- n...

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    ubu62
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Some cabin issues but a brilliant trip
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    The Dream of A Lifetime Turned into a Disappointment of a Lifetime
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    • Spa Services
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Olden

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Haugesund, Flam ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Olden Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Haugesund
    • Day 4
      Flam
    • Day 5
      Olden
    • Day 6
      Trondheim
    • Day 7
      Cruising
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      Honnigsvag
    • Day 9
      Tromso
    • Day 10
      Lofoten
    • Day 11
      Cruising
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      Andalsnes
    • Day 13
      Bergen
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      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Southampton
    Ship Details

    Crown Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Great layout for minimizing crowds; recent refresh makes the ship feel new

    Cons

    Fewer specialty dining options and bells and whistles than on new mega-ships

    Bottom Line

    A simple yet elegant cruise option for adults looking for relaxation or romance

    Reviews

    Crown Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    One of Princess' Grand-class ships, Crown Princess excels at providing fun, relaxing and enrich...

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    cruise177
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Fantastic voyage, stellar crew
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    Winter Escapist
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    An oasis of calm in trying times
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Olden

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Bergen, Alesund ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    21 Night Cruise to Olden Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Bergen
    • Day 4
      Alesund
    • Day 5
      Olden
    • Day 6
      Hellesylt
    • Day 6
      Geiranger
    • Day 7
      Stavanger
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Southampton
    • Day 10
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Barcelona
    • Day 14
      Marseille
    • Day 15
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 16
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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      Sardinia
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Ceuta
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Southampton
    Ship Details

    Crown Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Great layout for minimizing crowds; recent refresh makes the ship feel new

    Cons

    Fewer specialty dining options and bells and whistles than on new mega-ships

    Bottom Line

    A simple yet elegant cruise option for adults looking for relaxation or romance

    Reviews

    Crown Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    One of Princess' Grand-class ships, Crown Princess excels at providing fun, relaxing and enrich...

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    cruisin 80
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Broken ship, broken responses.
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Decent cruise, but ships should be fixed when they need to be fixed
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Olden

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Bar Harbor, Red Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line