Cruising: Britain to Norway

Cruise operators are evolving their itineraries in response to C&I demand. We look at three routes that might appeal to UK groups, starting with Britain to Norway.

Geirangerfjord, Norway (©iStockphoto.com)
Geirangerfjord, Norway (©iStockphoto.com)

Some of the most luxurious cruising itineraries on the map set sail from the British Isles. Avoiding the expense of arranging group flights, it can be a good cost-saver. Celebrity Cruises is offering a nine-day jaunt to the Norwegian Fjords, setting sail from Southampton on 29 April 2017 with five stops along the way.


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The first full day is spent at sea, but with so much to do on board delegates will be spoilt for choice. Like a 'country club on the ocean', the Canyon ranch SpaClub will eat up hours of relaxation time, while Champagne sits on ice at the Martini Bar ready for toasting as the sun sets.

The first stop is in Bergen, Norway, where a funicular ride to the summit of the 1,000ft Mount Floyen is rewarded with an ice-cold beer at the top. Descend to the city's famous fish market, located in the 11th-century harbour, for lunch and let the group explore Bergen's World Heritage sites.

Day four and five are spent in Flam and Geiranger. Alongside the world's longest and deepest fjord, the mountains and waterfalls that surround Flam are mesmerising, while Geiranger is all about action, so take a kayak trip to the famous Seven Sisters waterfall.

The penultimate port of call is Alesund, the Nordic answer to Saint-Tropez. Brimming with incredible views across the archipelago and unique Art Nouveau architecture, it is an unassuming yet unforgettable stop on the trip.

Stavanger is the final visit before the Celebrity Eclipse sails back to Southampton. The Norwegian city is today most popular for the Pulpit Rock, located a short boat trip away to Lysefjord. A selfie atop the 604m-high cliff edge will no doubt be a lasting memory from the voyage.

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