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Sail Date: April 2012
We have been to Bergen before and have seen most of the things of note. It is very clean and the Norweigens are very friendly. We took a wrong turn when we got off the ship and realised we were lost. A very kind lady at a bus stop took us ... Read More
We have been to Bergen before and have seen most of the things of note. It is very clean and the Norweigens are very friendly. We took a wrong turn when we got off the ship and realised we were lost. A very kind lady at a bus stop took us on the bus to were we needed to be, she also changed some money for us as we did not have any Krona. The setting for Bergen amongst the mountains is very beautiful. It is however, very expensive to eat, drink, or shop. Be prepared to spend a lot more than in England. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
If you want to "self tour" as we did get off the ship early and head to the Tourist Info center and purchase a BerganCard. Big savings on museums and transportation and you will be ahead of the other tour groups.
If you want to "self tour" as we did get off the ship early and head to the Tourist Info center and purchase a BerganCard. Big savings on museums and transportation and you will be ahead of the other tour groups. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2012
There is a free Shuttle bus from the port into Bergen which only takes about five minutes. One can easily walk up to the Funicular railway passing shops and market stalls. The fare was quite reasonable. We had to queue for about half an ... Read More
There is a free Shuttle bus from the port into Bergen which only takes about five minutes. One can easily walk up to the Funicular railway passing shops and market stalls. The fare was quite reasonable. We had to queue for about half an hour to board. Once on the top of the mountain there are a couple of cafes and excellent views. We chose to walk down, there are good paths and stunning views. It is steep but easily managed by us and took about an hour with a couple of stops to rest on benches. We did not see the need to take a ships tour. GEIRANGER There is not a listing for this port so have added the review to Bergan. The ship provided a tender boat across to Geiranger. This is a tiny place consisting of appx., 12 tourist/cafe shops and a smattering of houses in the steep cliffs. We walked along the edge of the mountains, this is a nice walk passing a few local houses. The Fjords are spectacular, snow lies thickly on the tops of the mountains which are vertical, there are huge waterfalls thundering down them into the sea. OLDEN Again there is not a listing for this port. The ship docks in land, no need for a tender. Directly outside the ship there is a tiny little train that runs every 15 mins or so, it chuggs slowly along right down to Olden lake, it stops a couple of time for photo opportunities as there are spectacular views. There is an on board commentary, the trip takes around an hour. (there are several of these trains meaning one does not have to wait long to catch one). They cost 150kronas per person, very cheap and there is no need to take an expensive ships tour unless one wants to visit the Glacier. Our 4th port was cancelled and we ended up in Zeebrugge. ZEBRUGGE. One can take a free shuttle bus from the port to the local station where one can catch a train into Bruge, this takes appx., 10 mins although the trains only arrive once an hour. Maybe they are more frequent in the summer months? There is not much to see in Zeebrugge itself, a beach and a few shops. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
It was a national holliday, so a lot of people were dressed in national costume which was nice.the place looked alright but it was a wet day when we arrived.
It was a national holliday, so a lot of people were dressed in national costume which was nice.the place looked alright but it was a wet day when we arrived. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
On our previous visit on the Century we docked in the the inner harbour and walked into town. This time, as Eclipse is so much bigger, we docked in the commercial area and used the shuttle buses to proceed to town. The temperature was ... Read More
On our previous visit on the Century we docked in the the inner harbour and walked into town. This time, as Eclipse is so much bigger, we docked in the commercial area and used the shuttle buses to proceed to town. The temperature was around five degrees C but everyone was dressed for the expected weather. Our group were caught in a ten minute squall of frozen rain and had to shelter in the bandstand otherwise the weather was cold but sunny. Having visited before we were content to just wander around, take in the views around the old part of town and admired the wooden construction of the building. After a couple of hours we returned to our floating hotel for the next leg of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Bergen is a lovely town and quite easily seen on foot. We happened to be there on 17 May, which is Norway's National Day, so most shops and museums were closed. The funicular to the top of Mt. Floien is very fun and on a sunny day ... Read More
Bergen is a lovely town and quite easily seen on foot. We happened to be there on 17 May, which is Norway's National Day, so most shops and museums were closed. The funicular to the top of Mt. Floien is very fun and on a sunny day the view from the top should be spectacular. No need to purchase any shore excursions in Bergen. The town is an easy 5-10 minute walk from the pier, and many of the more popular sights/museums are within walking distance. With the alloted time in port, there should be plenty to do on your own. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2012
Walked through the town, took the train up the hillside and walked back down (took about 50 minutes) great scenery, lovely place to visit.
Walked through the town, took the train up the hillside and walked back down (took about 50 minutes) great scenery, lovely place to visit. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
We managed to see most of Bergen through the "City Hop-on and Hop-off" bus. A trip to Mount Floyen using the funicular is highly recommended for stunning views of the city.
We managed to see most of Bergen through the "City Hop-on and Hop-off" bus. A trip to Mount Floyen using the funicular is highly recommended for stunning views of the city. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Again, we bought a 24 hour Bergen Pass (no pensioners' concession here) and used it to visit Grieg's house and museum and two art galleries. It was surprising that there was only a tram service to Grieg's house which then ... Read More
Again, we bought a 24 hour Bergen Pass (no pensioners' concession here) and used it to visit Grieg's house and museum and two art galleries. It was surprising that there was only a tram service to Grieg's house which then required a walk of over 2 kilometres there and back. As this must be the single main attraction in Bergen it is absurd that there is not a bus service to this. The Art collections were excellent and we thought better even than the national collection in Oslo. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
A Unesco World Heritage town. Charming, walkable and a great port. Take the funicular (Flobanan)to the top of the mountain and see sights which will literally take your breath away. A bad photo is absolutely impossible no matter the ... Read More
A Unesco World Heritage town. Charming, walkable and a great port. Take the funicular (Flobanan)to the top of the mountain and see sights which will literally take your breath away. A bad photo is absolutely impossible no matter the camera. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2012
Nice town, take the Flobanen to the top of the mountain for a magnificent view.Bryggen is nice too, old wooden houses etc. For lunch : eat fresh fish at the fish market.
Nice town, take the Flobanen to the top of the mountain for a magnificent view.Bryggen is nice too, old wooden houses etc. For lunch : eat fresh fish at the fish market. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
We had a printed walking tour but could never find where to start it. Regardless, we greatly enjoyed walking through the old town area of Bryggen and seeing the leaning buildings. We also rode the funicular up the mountain and took lots ... Read More
We had a printed walking tour but could never find where to start it. Regardless, we greatly enjoyed walking through the old town area of Bryggen and seeing the leaning buildings. We also rode the funicular up the mountain and took lots of photos of the outstanding views. The weather was very “Un-Bergen.” It started off partly cloudy but as the day went on the sun won the battle. After riding down the funicular we began a mission to spend our remaining Kroner. We eventually settled on a couple of pewter items at a shop that would gladly split the payment between what Kroner we had left with the balance on a credit card. We walked through the park near the port on our way back to the ship. While enjoying a small rest on a park bench we had a nice conversation with a passenger on the RCCL ship that was with us in Flam and Bergen. He shared how a month prior he was on a land trip in Norway and while he greatly enjoyed it, cruising is a much more cost-effective way to see the country! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2012
Bergen is a delightful town and port with many interesting buildings and ships of all ages and types to view. The Fish Market is a marvellous place to eat, with many interesting market stalls selling all kinds of interesting giftware.
Bergen is a delightful town and port with many interesting buildings and ships of all ages and types to view. The Fish Market is a marvellous place to eat, with many interesting market stalls selling all kinds of interesting giftware. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Free shuttle into the town, we walked to the Funicular, bought our own tix and hiked around the lake, then back down to the fish market. Ate at Bryggenloft, a quiet lovely restaurant with mussels, frites, cheeseburger for the kids, steaks, ... Read More
Free shuttle into the town, we walked to the Funicular, bought our own tix and hiked around the lake, then back down to the fish market. Ate at Bryggenloft, a quiet lovely restaurant with mussels, frites, cheeseburger for the kids, steaks, venison. Some shopping and back to the ship via shuttle. Easy to do on your own. 15 minute wait at funicular. Could have walked it, too. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2012
We decided not to take the funicular up to the viewpoint and instead got a map from the station and walked up. It was a 2 mile uphill walk on good surfaced tracks but the roads twisted and turned upwards and there were lots of benches ... Read More
We decided not to take the funicular up to the viewpoint and instead got a map from the station and walked up. It was a 2 mile uphill walk on good surfaced tracks but the roads twisted and turned upwards and there were lots of benches along the way to stop and admire the amazing views over the Fjord and the ship. It took us an hour up and 45 mins down and the view from the top was well worth the effort. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Our first port was Bergen. We were docked at a shipping port and were required to take buses to leave the area. They were free, but the line to get off was long. It took us about an hour to wait in line, get a number and get off to get ... Read More
Our first port was Bergen. We were docked at a shipping port and were required to take buses to leave the area. They were free, but the line to get off was long. It took us about an hour to wait in line, get a number and get off to get on a bus to get to town. The ship docked at 10. The bus dropped us off by the lake in front of the art museum - so very central. We immediately went to the funicular to beat some of the traffic. If you are going from the bus drop - it is up the hill and to the left. When we got there, the line moved fairly quickly. By the time we came down, the line was considerably longer and remained so the rest of the day. Given we had a beautiful day, it made for a nice view from the top. If you go to the top - walk up behind the tram and go to your left to enjoy the little troll park nearby. We purchased round trip tickets and did not stay at the top very long. Bergen is an old town - very quaint. The fish market was fun to see and the information area was near here - although the wait for help took some time. It is easy to walk around this city, although it can take some time to find things. The old town section is worth walking through. The library is on the lake and does have free internet. We also went to the Leprosy Museum, which we thought was very interesting. We did have some difficulty finding this as signage was not ideal. We arrived just in time for the English tour at 2:00 and the museum closed at 3:00. The tour took about 45 minutes and I'd recommend the tour. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We didn't have an excursion in Bergen but walking around town on the beautiful day we were lucky enough to have was just a lovely experience. A quite pictoresque town and the fish market was a blast. As a shooper, be prepared for some ... Read More
We didn't have an excursion in Bergen but walking around town on the beautiful day we were lucky enough to have was just a lovely experience. A quite pictoresque town and the fish market was a blast. As a shooper, be prepared for some of the most expensive prices you've ever seen, however! That's pretty much true for every port on this cruise, but especially Norway. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Lovely Port, we did the Funincular, and well worth booking with P&O, as you get fast tracked as there is quite a queue for people going independant, We also recommend doing this in the afternoon if you can, as it seemed less busy then. ... Read More
Lovely Port, we did the Funincular, and well worth booking with P&O, as you get fast tracked as there is quite a queue for people going independant, We also recommend doing this in the afternoon if you can, as it seemed less busy then. We got a good 20 minutes at the top, and there was a little shop up there which sold everything, we got a lovely ice cream as it was a hot day for a change for Bergen as we had heard it usually rains there. The views at the top are spectacular, and worth doing it if you can. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Excellent port. We took a really good historical tour here. The city is beautiful and we were lucky to be there on a rare (I'm told) beautiful day. If you're on a tight budget, take advantage of the food on the ship rather ... Read More
Excellent port. We took a really good historical tour here. The city is beautiful and we were lucky to be there on a rare (I'm told) beautiful day. If you're on a tight budget, take advantage of the food on the ship rather than eating here. It's very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
It was a lovely sunny and warm day. We spent 1/2 day in Bergen just walking around and taking pictures. We have been here before on a land tour and saw all the sites already.
It was a lovely sunny and warm day. We spent 1/2 day in Bergen just walking around and taking pictures. We have been here before on a land tour and saw all the sites already. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
I know Bergen fairly well. It's a lovely and interesting city and I enjoyed going back. Wondering around the harbour, through the narrow alleys of the old fishing quarter is especially interesting.
I know Bergen fairly well. It's a lovely and interesting city and I enjoyed going back. Wondering around the harbour, through the narrow alleys of the old fishing quarter is especially interesting. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2012
Reputedly, it almost always rains in Bergen. In truth, not so: we had a nice, sunny day. Be prepared for lines if you want to take the funicular up to Mount Floyen. However, it's rather efficient, and from joining the line to taking ... Read More
Reputedly, it almost always rains in Bergen. In truth, not so: we had a nice, sunny day. Be prepared for lines if you want to take the funicular up to Mount Floyen. However, it's rather efficient, and from joining the line to taking my first photo from the top took about a total of 30 minutes, so not too bad at all. Read Less

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