Norway's Scenic Cities & Fjords Cruise (from Southampton)
Cruise to cosmopolitan Amsterdam and charming Bergen, enjoy the historical wonders of Stavanger and Oslo, and admire the spectacular natural beauty of Flam and the Norwegian Fjords on this unforgettable journey.
DAY 1: Southampton, UK.
Make your own way to Southampton to join your cruise ship, MSC Opera. Your ship departs at 4pm, latest embarkation is at 2pm. (D)
DAY 2: Amsterdam.
The Dutch capital is a charming and cosmopolitan city with a wealth of sights to enjoy. Famed for its graceful, tree-shaded canals spanned by 1,000 bridges and lined by 17th and 18th century gabled merchant houses, it also boasts numerous world-class galleries and museums, including the magnificent Rijksmuseum filled with Dutch masterpieces, and the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, home to over 200 of his paintings as well as hundreds of his letters and drawings. Today, why not enjoy an optional cruise along the city's 'grachten', passing under picturesque arched bridges and admiring landmarks such as Anne Frank's House and the famous Skinny Bridge? Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans to see centuries-old working windmills and visit a typical Dutch cheese farm. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: At sea.
(B, L, D)
DAY 4: Flam.
Nestled amidst precipitous mountain slopes dotted with green farmland and tumbling waterfalls, Flam is a delightful small town set on a tranquil tributary at the southern end of Sognefjord - Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Why not visit the Flam Valley on an optional excursion and ride the famous Flam Railway: one of the world's greatest train journeys? The train makes regular stops to allow you to take in the spectacular views. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Stavanger.
Stavanger, one of Norway's oldest towns, is a cosmopolitan city located on the southeast coast on the Byfjord. Packed with charming traditional architecture and whitewashed wooden houses, it is no wonder that Stavanger was European Capital of Culture in 2008. Why not explore this beautiful city on an optional city tour and admire the 12th century cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Norway and the colourful market square? Pass Ledaal Manor, now the King's residence and the sandy beaches of Jaereb before returning to the ship. Alternatively why not join a relaxing optional boat tour of Lysefjord to view the magnificent scenery and the impressive Pulpit Rock, which towers 600m above the fjord? (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Oslo.
Located at the head of a vast fjord, Norway's capital has many fine buildings, museums and monuments, conveniently centred around Karl Johans Gate. These include the spectacular Royal Palace, the Edvard Munch Museum, which houses some of the artist's best works, the Viking Ships Museum, and the excellent National Gallery. To really make the most of this fascinating capital, why not join an optional city tour, which will show you highlights such as the Royal Palace, National Theatre, Parliament, City Hall, Vigeland Sculpture Park and Akershus Fortress? Fans of military history shouldn't miss the Resistance Museum, which traces Norway's resistance to Nazi occupation in World War II and the Armed Forces Museum which includes a vast collection - from Viking artefacts to the tools of modern warfare. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: At sea.
(B, L, D)
DAY 8: Southampton, UK.
Arrive in Southampton and disembark after breakfast. (B)
Inside twin cabin, MSC Opera
Outside twin cabin, MSC Opera
Outside double cabin, MSC Opera
Outside balcony cabin, MSC Opera
Pool area, MSC Opera
La Caravella Restaurant, MSC Opera
L'Approdo Restaurant, MSC Opera
Aroma Coffee Bar, MSC Opera
La Cabala Piano Bar, MSC Opera
Sotto Vento Pub, MSC Opera
Teatro dell'Opera, MSC Opera
Suffused with an understated ambience, MSC Opera is a contemporary ship laden with modern navigational technologies yet retains an old world charm with its sumptuous, traditional décor. Adorned with fine woodwork, marble floors and trimmings, art deco inspired furnishings, acres of rich fabrics, and vast glass walls for plenty of natural light and dramatic sea views, MSC Opera embodies operatic grandeur and spaciousness. Accommodating 2,055 guests in 856 well-appointed cabins, MSC Opera also provides impeccable service and a very good selection of amenities, fine dining options and entertainment to choose from.
Public Rooms & Facilities
Sun deck; 2 swimming pools and pool bar; 2 whirlpools; 2 restaurants; café; outdoor grill; ice cream bar; beer bar; piano bar; coffee bar; pub; Caruso Lounge; deck games; minigolf; jogging track; beauty parlour; spa; fitness centre; casino; theatre; shops and photo gallery; card room; library; disco; internet centre; medical centre; 4 lifts.
Your cruise includes full board. The choice of on board dining options includes 2 dining rooms: La Caravella and L'Approdo; along with the more casual Le Vele café and Il Patio outdoor grill. Many dishes are cooked with a traditional Italian flavour, although an assortment of international-styled options is also available.
All cabins have twin beds that can be made up as a double; air-conditioning; satellite TV; shower and wc. Your holiday price includes an inside cabin, or you may choose to upgrade.
Cabin Categories & Descriptions:
Outside cabin with balcony
A fixed service charge of 6 euros per person per day will automatically be added to your on board account. This will be shared amongst the crew. Tipping is discretionary and should you wish to make adjustments, you may do so by contacting the guest reception desk during your cruise.
MSC Opera Sun Deck 13
MSC Opera La Boheme Deck 12
MSC Opera Tosca Deck 11
MSC Opera Turandot Deck 10
MSC Opera Norma Deck 9
MSC Opera La Traviata Deck 8
MSC Opera Rigoletto Deck 7
MSC Opera Otello Deck 6
MSC Opera Aida Deck 5
Category 3 La Traviata Deck 8 twin/double inside cabin
Category 5 Turandot Deck 10 twin/double inside cabin
Category 7 Rigoletto Deck 7 twin/double outside cabin
Category 9 Norma Deck 9 or Turandot Deck 10 twin/double outside cabin
Category 10 Norma Deck 9 or Turandot Deck 10 twin/double outside cabin with balcony
A full passport is required for this holiday and must be valid for at least 6 months after the return date to the UK.
Norway's Scenic Cities & Fjords Cruise (from Southampton) 7 nights
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Norway's Scenic Cities & Fjords Cruise (from Southampton)
Price from £699
Prices are per person
- Accommodation as per cruise ship details
- Meals full board on cruise ship
- Porterage on cruise ship (for one suitcase per person)
- All local and port taxes
- Ijmuiden for Amsterdam Flam
- Saturdays - 2013
29 Jun 2013 to 29 Jun 2013