My sister and I took this cruise because our family came over to Minnesota from Norway. Our great grandfather was from Alesund so we wanted to see what the country was like. I know why they chose Minnesota as below the arctic circle it looks like Minnesota. Above the Arctic Circle it is a vast wilderness, not many people, no trees, and cold, but interesting to visit once.
We flew in to Copenhagen a day early to try to adjust to the time change. Stayed at the Radisson Park Inn about 15 minutes from the airport. It was 90 that day, the warmest day of our entire trip. It snowed twice while we were in Norway.
We boarded the ship on Sunday, waited about 15 minutes to embark, and since it was almost 1:00 we went to our floor, cabin 9066 and waited for a few minutes and were allowed in. We immediately met Neuman our cabin steward who was great the entire trip. We did a back to back and this was the first leg. The second was a Baltic cruise. Will write another review for that. We cruised Monday and arrived in Geiranger Tuesday. We got off and boarded a Hop On Hop Off bus and toured the town. We purchased our passes on line with Stromma for all our Hop On Hop Off rides, you get a discount and take 3 the fourth is free.
Wednesday we cruised the arctic circle. Thursday we arrived in Tromso and took a ship tour Highlights of Tromso, saw the Arctic Cathedral, explored the museum and took a cable car up 1,350 feet to see a great view of the area. It snowed at the top of the cable car. The next day we were in Honningsvag and took the Our Northernmost Life Perleporten, two hour guided walking tour. This is the northernmost mainland point at 71 degrees of the world, no trees but lots of rock.
The next day we cruised and Sunday we arrived in Alesund. We did the Hop on Hop Off bus here and were able to see the entire city of our ancestor. Monday we arriced in flam, Norway. We took the Flam Railway and it was absolutely fabulous. The scenery was amazing and the train ride was fun. Snow-capped peaks, spectacular rivers, ravines and falls. We had a snack at the top at the Vatnahalsen Hotel of Norweigian waffles. There are lots of fjords to see, water falls and beautiful scenery all along the trip. In Bergen and again took the Hop On Hop Off Bus and toured the town. Wednesday we cruised and were back to Copenhagen on Thursday.
Since we were on a back to back we got off the ship and toured Copenhagen on the Hop On Hop Off bus.
We did see the shows on the ship, they were okay, the entire singers and dancers were getting off the ship so they lacked energy. The casino was busy and one woman hit the $10,000 jackpot on the first night so that was interesting. We did not disembark in Copenhagen as we were on the b2b which will end in Sweden.
the food was good, you could always find something to eat, we did the Mystery dinner which was fun and it was held in Giovannis, the food was very good there.
We often ate lunch in the Solarium after our touring, ate in the Windjammer for breakfast, the waffles were amazing. Our table mates in the main dining room were a blast for we enjoyed all our dinners there. This was a very different type of cruise as it was cold and daylight most of the time, not much sun and the pool was only open two times up stairs. The solarium was open all the time.
Lots of room to store things, nice to have the balcony to check the weather and see if we needed jackets for our excursions. It is the typical cruise ship bathroom bring your own shampoo and other items. We had a slight problem with the shower drain, but it was fixed immediately and they were extremely nice about it.
Used Hop on Hop Off bus right next to terminal.
City tour bus right by ship.
Loved the cable car ride and the Cathedral.
Hop On Hop Off Bus
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