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Old June 1st, 2011, 08:13 AM
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Default norway cruise. arctic circle vs ports lower end of norway

There are four of us looking at doing a norway cruise next year. lots of discussion on which would be best.

We have a choice of two cruises:

one that goes to:longyearbyen/honningsva/lofoten/molde/bergen

or one that goes to:
  • molde
  • alesund
  • bergen
  • geiranger
  • olden
  • oslo


i would love to see Lofoten Islands and go as high as i can
. the other couple want as many ports as possible.

we are looking at Celebrity cruises.

any suggestions from those that have done a Norway cruise which is best??
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Old June 1st, 2011, 08:36 AM
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I have done both southern Norway and all the way to Svalbard on the same cruise. We were already at 80 degrees north headed up to the packice when we had a medical emergency and had to return south.

The southern part is much prettier with wonderful fjords. Lofoten Islands aren't that spectacular. North Cape is neat to see but not that spectacular (went to ice bar). Longyearben is interesting but not much to do. Scenery of Svalbard fantastic. Sailing through ice flows was wonderful.

If you have never been to Norway, try the sourthern trip. If you don't mind sea days and our interested in seeing some fantastic scenery (and maybe a polar bear), then head up north. If you really want to see Svalbard and maybe Bear Island, try an expedition ship such as Silversea Silver Explorer instead of Celebrity.

No matter what, you won't make a bad decision as Norway, all of it, is beautiful.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 08:17 PM
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We did the cruise last summer with Oceania up to the polar ice cap it was amazing
But I love scenery so it was good for me
I think all the ports were great it is not touristy like Alaska

We took a taxi from Honningsvaag tot he North Cape
spent the day in Svalbard not a lot there but lovely town & the museum is a must see
I do not think you could go wrong with either cruise
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