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As you gaze from the rail of Columbus you’ll be stunned by the sheer scale and magnificence of Norway’s mighty fjords. This multi-generational cruise will introduce you to breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, sheer grey cliffs and majestic mountains. In contrast you will be able to visit pretty fjord villages set among green fields and Bergen, the fjord capital, with its busy harbour and historic Hanseatic buildings.
*The transfer service from Heathrow airport to London Tilbury Cruise Terminal; from the Cruise Terminal to the central London hotel and back to Heathrow airport is included in the tour price. If you would prefer to be picked up from an alternative airport or location, please contact us for additional mileage costs.
To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, a program of optional shore excursions will be available at extra cost in advance of the cruise departure for pre-registration. Please note certain ports may only be accessible by the use of a smaller tender vessel.
The Columbus operates a cashless system on board and all incidental expenses will be charged to your account. The ship operates under a UK pound sterling currency policy and a gratuity of £7 per person, per night (approximately $10) will be debited to your account automatically.
You will be met at Heathrow airport for your transfer to the cruise ship (journey time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes). Check-in on the ship is normally available from 2pm. On arrival at London Tilbury Cruise Terminal, we board the Columbus and begin our journey, taking time to relax in our cabins or on deck and enjoying the use of the ship’s range of leisure facilities.
We cruise into Rotterdam where we have time to discover this diverse city with its absorbing maritime tradition and patchwork of architectural styles. Admire the sparkling skyscrapers and impressive port or visit the fascinating food markets.
After a day at leisure on the ship, we cruise along the beautiful Hardangerfjord, the fourth longest fjord in the world. With steep mountain slopes meeting the water’s shores, we take in the impressive vistas before arriving in Eidfjord, lying at the end of a tributary of the Hardangerfjord and surrounded by mountains up to 1,900 metres high. The small town is the gateway to Hardangervidda, the largest high mountain plateau in Europe and Norway’s largest national park. A short walk from the village center there are graves by the roadside dating back to the Iron Age and Viking eras. The ‘old’ church in Eidfjord was built in 1309. Nearby, the stunning Vøringfossen waterfall is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions and features in optional excursions along with the amazing Sysen Dam.
Our next destination is Bergen, known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’. It is Norway’s second largest city yet, with a population of less than a quarter of a million, it has the feel of a small town. The city is beautifully sited against a backdrop of seven mountains and the funicular ride to the summit of Mount Fløien affords wonderful panoramic views of Bergen and Norway’s attractive coastline. Overlooking the harbour the colorful Bryggen wharf is the face of Bergen. The characteristic wooden gabled buildings were once the home and offices of Hanseatic merchants but today house shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs.
Stavanger is today the ‘Oil Capital of Norway’. It is a vibrant, modern city with Gamle Stavanger at its core. The picturesque old part of Stavanger has gently sloping cobbled streets lined with small, white wooden houses built at the end of the 18th and early 19th centuries. The city’s Anglo-Norman style cathedral was built in 1125, the same year Stavanger was officially founded. One of the most popular excursions from Norway’s fourth largest city is a visit to the Iron Age Farm at Ullanhaug giving a fascinating insight into life in the area some 1,500 years ago.
After a day at leisure on the ship, we arrive back in London Tilbury where we disembark and are met for the transfer to our central London hotel. From here we have free time to explore Europe’s most exciting capital city and stay overnight.
You will be picked up from your central London hotel and transferred to Heathrow airport for your flight home.
The impressive Columbus cruise ship joined the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet in June 2017 and combines all the benefits of smaller ship cruising with an impressive choice of dining options, lounges, activities and entertainment. Fully air-conditioned throughout, facilities include three restaurants and a bistro, seven lounge areas, six entertainment venues including a two-decked and tiered Palladium Show Lounge, a library, a shopping arcade and wellness centre offering a sauna and gym plus massage and beauty treatments (at an extra cost). Out on deck, there are two swimming pools and a large screen for outdoor movies and sporting events. All cabins are en suite with flat-screen TV, hairdryer, fridge and personal safe.