5* Princess Norwegian Fjords

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Discover the wonderful fjords of Norway on his 7-night 5* cruise on Sapphire Princess. Visit the picturesque towns and cities of Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Bergen while navigating the wonderful fjords on this roundtrip from Southampton.

Itinerary

Day 1 Southampton, UK

On arrival in Southampton, you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Sapphire Princess.

The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline that encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The landscape of hills and heaths, downs and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival. Southampton serves as your gateway to the countryside – and to a wide variety of historic sites, national landmarks and charming. The United Kingdom’s premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home for many years to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear.

Day 2 At Sea

Cruising

Day 3 Stavanger, Norway

Norway’s fourth largest city, Stavanger lies at the mouth of the Gandsfjord. The old port, attests to the sea’s enduring role in Norwegian history. Here, Vikings once sailed on voyages of conquest and exploration. In later centuries, the port served as a major hub for Norway’s mercantile and fishing fleets. By the mid-20th century, however, Stavanger had fallen on hard times as the fishing grounds dwindled. In 1969, the discovery of North Sea oil opened a new chapter in Stavanger’s history. At the “Sword in the Rock” Monument, three giant crossed Viking swords commemorate King Harald Fair Hair’s unification of Norway in 872 following his victory at the Battle of Hafrsfjord.

Day 4 Olden, Norway

By the mid-19th century, European travellers were cruising the waters of the Nordfjord and visiting the village of Olden. The Romantic Movement inspired this new taste for dramatic landscape – and Norway had plenty of dramatic landscape. Then as now, travelers were impressed, moved, and not frequently overwhelmed by the stark contrast between peaceful rural farmsteads and a towering wilderness of mountain peaks and glaciers. For many years Olden was home to American landscape artist William H. Singer (1868-1943). Scion of a Pittsburgh steel family, Singer provided Olden with a road and a regional hospital.

Day 5 Hellesylt, Norway

Hellesylt is your gateway to the scenic wonders of the Geirangerfjord district. Traveling overland from this old Viking port, the traveler can visit Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to Norway’s last remnant of the Ice Age. Trek to Briksdal Glacier, and look at its massive beard of ice. The dramatic landscape also offers stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls, and fast-flowing rivers teeming with salmon. At over 4000 feet above sea level, the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba offers dramatic views that stretch from Jostedalsbreen National Park to the waters of Geirangerfjord. Note: Hellesylt is a cruise-by port. Only those passengers participating in Hellesylt tours will transfer to shore by ship’s tender.

Day 5 (Continued) Geiranger, Norway

Like the spear it’s named for, Geirangerfjord thrusts nine miles into Norway’s mountains. Over 900 feet deep, the narrow fjord is lined by sheer cliffs that rear some 2,000 feet above its surface. Waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil Falls, plummet from cliff to fjord. At the head of this magnificent spectacle sits the tiny village of Geiranger. No wonder travellers have come to call for over a century and a half. Geirangerfjord is often described as the “most beautiful fjord in the world.” Note: Geiranger is an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore by ship’s tender.

Day 6 Bergen, Norway

Bergen has played a crucial role in Norwegian history and culture since Olav the Good founded the city in 1070. Perched between the sea and seven hills, Bergen has witnessed Vikings setting sail on voyages of exploration, trade and war. In the Middle Ages, its old port was a major trading hub for the Hanseatic League, the band of Germanic merchants whose trading empire encircled the Baltic and North Seas. In the 19th century, Bergen was home to such cultural luminaries as the virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg. The city retains much of its 18th- and 19th-century charm. Visitors to Bergen will encounter a city that offers a heady blend of natural beauty, history and culture.

Day 7 At Sea

Cruising

Day 8 Southampton, UK

Following your departure from the Sapphire Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.

Accommodation

SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.

  • Last Refurbished: February 2012
  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 1,100
  • Tonnage: 115,875

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,149pp
  Number of nights: 7

16 June 2018 €1,149 Inside Cabin
16 June 2018 €1,419 Oceanview Cabin
16 June 2018 €1,539 Balcony Cabin
11 August 2018 €1,149 Inside Cabin
11 August 2018 €1,269 Oceanview Cabin
11 August 2018 €1,439 Balcony Cabin

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