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Varun Kohli 05-24-2009 11:14 AM

I am Planning a 12 night norwegian fjord cruise.
I Just Want To Do The Same with celebrity century.
Here is a Link To their Itenary:
http://www.celebritycruises.co...erary+Search+Results
I Am Read at some sites to opt for smaller ships
to have a better view of fjords?
is this right?if yes then which medium size ship to opt for?
I'll Like To Ask How Where the Ports?
How Was the Arctic Circle? I Mean was there something special to see there.
Does the cruise pass throgh fjords?
does any one have some photos to share?

Please any kind of sugesstion accepted.
i am planning a trip in 2010 and want my bookings well in advance.

orcahd 05-24-2009 12:15 PM

Hi,

my parents will do the 12-night Norwegian Cruise with the Century this June, then I will be able to tell you more. Just remind me in the middle of July, my mail address: orca@bigger.com

Heike

LisaP 05-24-2009 05:12 PM

Welcome to cruise-chat. The link in your post isn't working -- is this the itinerary?

Amsterdam, Holland
Alesund, Norway
Arctic Circle (Cruise)
Tromso, Norway
Honningsvag, Norway
Molde, Norway
Geiranger, Norway
Olden, Norway
Bergen, Norway
Amsterdam, Holland

If so, we did pretty much this same cruise in 2007 (also on Celebrity Century), only we didn't go directly to Geiranger (it was offered as an excursion out of Alesund). The trip was spectacular. Century is able to go through the fjords quite nicely. Some of the narrower ones are best traversed by smaller boats on shore excursions, though, as we did in Olden. Yet, there's a lot to see from the cruise ship. We even slept with the curtains open so as to not miss any of the passing scenery while falling asleep.

We enjoyed all of the ports (although can't comment on Geiranger), and there are differences between them. Alesund is quaint, very nice to walk around. Tromso and Molde were very nice cities with plenty to do -- nature, museums. Olden is tiny, so do a shore excursion here. This is where we had the most remarkable scenery. North Cape, out of Honingsvag, is stark -- little vegetation -- but a wonderful museum and outdoor exhibits. Bergen is a large city with an excellent fish market and outstanding views from Mount Floyen. There are sightseeing trolleys in both Bergen and Alesund.

Let us know what your interests are and we can be more specific with shore excursion options, or even the type of ship to take. As you know, there are other choices besides the mainstream cruise lines.

Varun Kohli 05-25-2009 12:15 AM

Okay http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...icon_smile.gif
thanks a ton for so much of help.
i am from India and i was posting first time on this site and i very thankful to you all to have given your help to me.

Yes that is exactly the itenary you have written.

I Have been to oslo,flam,voss before and i quiet liked norway at that point of time.
I Had a view of fjords from a boat cruise from Flam to Gundvangen.I think it's a famous day trip you all must be knowing.That's when i realised the beauty of fjords and i wanted to have more of them.I Want to See scenic beauty.
Ice glaciers,fjords, peaks all will do!
is this trip good for the above?
i also want the luxuries of a big ship.
Is there any other cruise liner doing it a better way with a better ship.
Costa Lumisiona a new ship also has a similar itenary and is being lauched this year.
is it a better bet!

Svein 05-25-2009 04:19 AM

If you just want to see the Norwegian Coast and fjord, my suggestion is that you take a look at Hurtigruten. It's a coastal line from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, takes 11 nights and in addition to the excursions offered onboard, you get to see the daily life along the coast. Read more here:

Hurtigruten

Varun Kohli 05-25-2009 10:24 AM

thanks,
i'll check this out.
which is the ship they offer?
2 benefits of sailing from amsterdam
firstly there is no direct flights to bergen or infact to norway from delhi, only finnair to helsinki.
which increases the flight cost.we r 2 adults + 2 children.
secondly, i don't know whst all ships they offer. but century and lumisiona are big ships with extra luxuries.
So i think going from amsterdam is a better bet.

Svein 05-26-2009 12:11 AM

THen it is probably better to sail from Amsterdam. The hurtigruten ships are all smaller, but comfortable ships, but if you want luxury, the century is better.


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