With its Norwegian roots and Norwegian-flagged ships, Viking says no other company does Scandinavia cruises better. True? You be the judge. During a recent sailing along Norway’s rugged and beautiful coast, Viking’s ever-quotable Torstein Hagen quipped, “Space is Virgin Galactic’s territory. Scandinavia is Viking’s territory.” Viking’s Norwegian-born chairman wants to convince you that his company owns cruising in Scandinavia. While it may… [Read More]
One of the world’s most beautiful cruise destinations can be found within the majestic fjords and mountainous peaks of Norway. In fact, Hurtigruten, which has operated ships between Bergen and Kirkenes every day of the year since 1893, once marketed its cruises as “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage.” Though only a marketing slogan, the truth was not… [Read More]
Europe is, without a doubt, the hottest cruise destination out there. Lines are deploying ships in record numbers to the region, and the variety of itineraries on offer is unprecedented. Cruisers looking for a fully immersive European experience may want to cruise on a Europe-based line, such as UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruises. Whereas mainstream North American lines… [Read More]
2010 was an event-filled year for the ever-so-grateful-for-his-career Avid Cruiser. Here are some of the travel highlights with links to relevant photos, videos and posts: February. Flew to Italy – twice. Once was to cruise on Costa Delizioso, which I thought sounded like an Olive Garden entree. On that cruise, from Venice to Genoa, I… [Read More]
Click to view Avid Cruiser’s Alesund slideshow on Flickr. Click to view Alesund, Norway on Port Profiles.
On September 15, 2010, I board Seabourn Sojourn for a report on the ship and a cruise from Copenhagen, along the Norwegian fjords, then down to Amsterdam and across to Dover. Click on the destination links in the table below for live reports from each day or the links below the table for additional articles…. [Read More]
by geoff edwards Legislation effective from 1997 states that a Norwegian city must have 5,000 inhabitants, but Honningsvag, with its population of 2,575 was declared a city in 1996. And with that gift, regardless of screams from Barrow Alaska, it now calls itself the northern-most city in the world. Although nearby Knivskjellodden juts a mile… [Read More]
Alesund is on the NW coast of Norway and doesn’t sound the way it looks. Try ew-le-sund. It was good old Rollo the Viking boss that built a castle here. Around the castle came a fishing village, then a township, then, in 1904 in the middle of winter, a fire. When the fire ebbed, 10,000… [Read More]