12 Night Iceland & Norway Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas from Amsterdam, Netherlands Bergen, Norway Colorful Waterfront Homes
The 12 Night Iceland & Norway Cruise from Amsterdam, Netherlands visits Geiranger, Norway; Bergen, Norway; Alesund, Norway; Reykjavik, Iceland; Akureyri, Iceland; Lerwick / Shetland, Scotland; Amsterdam, Netherlands. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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12 Night Iceland & Norway Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Brilliance of the Seas
Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Geiranger, Norway
Day 4 - Bergen, Norway
Day 5 - Alesund, Norway
Day 6 - Cruising
Day 7 - 8 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Akureyri, Iceland
Day 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Lerwick / Shetland, Scotland
Day 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Bergen, Norway Colorful Waterfront Homes
Colorful waterfront homes in Bergen, Norway
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12 Night Iceland & Norway Cruise

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Leaving from
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Onboard
Brilliance of the Seas
Day Port
1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Geiranger, Norway
From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
4
Bergen, Norway
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Alesund, Norway
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6
Cruising
Day at sea
7 - 8
Reykjavik, Iceland
From Day 7, 11:00 AM - Day 8, 6:00 AM
8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Akureyri, Iceland
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Lerwick / Shetland, Scotland
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
12
Cruising
Day at sea
13
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Brilliance of the Seas

Your ship
Brilliance of the Seas
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Brilliance of the Seas, Aerial View, Caribbean and European Destinations
Aerial View of Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Amsterdam , Russia, and Germany
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Brilliance of the Seas
Calling all back-road ramblers and culture cruisers – your ship's come in. Whether you're catching a film poolside or enjoying Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, you're in for the ultimate adventure in between shores.

SEIZE THE SEA DAY

When you're not exploring onshore, conquer some bucket list firsts on deck. Catch a film on the poolside screen, tee up for a game of mini golf or scale the Rock Climbing Wall. Looking to unwind or break a sweat? Indulge in some 'me time' at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre.

WOAH- WORTHY EATS

In between boastworthy destinations and social-feed-filling adventures onboard, you'll discover flavours that raise the bar. Like prime cuts of steak at Chops Grille℠ and Italian favourites at Giovanni's Table. Not to mention a Far East feast at Izumi and wines from around the world at Vintages.

SHOWTIME AT SEA

Watch and listen as outstanding singers and dancers showcase their skills in the variety revue, Centre Stage. And sing along to modern stage hits in Now and Forever. This is entertainment that hits all the high notes.

Day 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 1
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Netherlands Dancing Houses
The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things to do in
Amsterdam
Departs at 5:00 PM
Amsterdam delivers a sensory overload – from its welcoming gezellig Dutch spirit to the clinking of bicycle chains and tulips of every colour. This is where 17th-century Golden Age estates meet gritty Red Light District alleys, all woven together by an elaborate system of canals. Stand amidst the bustle of Dam Square and pick fresh blooms at Bloemenmarkt. See where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and admire his masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Nibble on Gouda amid the greenery of Vondelpark – or relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops. Here it’s easy to let go and give in to romantic adventures.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Boat Ride
Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions – whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own hired pedal boat.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Van Gogh Museum
The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Anne Frank Statue
A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annexe where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Stroopwafels
Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes and quintessential 'Brown Bar' pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin) – or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Flower Market
Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf has been the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewellery shops and boutiques amongst The Nine Streets – or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Sister Teaching Younger Brother Mini Golf
Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Sister Teaching Younger Brother Mini Golf
Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Geiranger, Norway

Day 3
Geiranger
Norway
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Geiranger, Norway, Aerial View
Aerial view of Geiranger, Norway and a fjord
Things to do in
Geiranger
From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Welcome to the Jewel in the Crown of Norway's fjords. Geiranger Fjord was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, but the area has been luring tourists since the turn of the 19th century. Take the Waterfall Walk to the heart of the cascades. Climb the Skywalk for Europe's highest fjord view with Norway cruises. Explore Geiranger by bike or on foot, or hop in a raft or kayak for a view from the water. Once you've taken in your fill of mountain air, stroll the quaint village center. Indulge your sweet tooth at the local artisan chocolate shop, or sit back at a cafe with a coffee and a krumkake — a rolled cake with whipped cream in the center — and enjoy the view.
Geiranger, Norway, View From Dalsnibba Mountain
View of a fjord from Dalsnibba Mountain

Airy Adventure

The Geiranger Skywalk, at the top of Mount Dalsnibba, offers unobstructed views of the fjord and the Blabreen glacier, as well as the surrounding mountains. The walk-up stone steps cut into the mountainside are an adventure of their own.
Insider tip
Sit on the Queen Sonja of Norway throne at Flydalsjuvet near the village of Geiranger and enjoy spectacular views.
Geiranger, Norway, Eagle Road
View of the winding Eagle Road in Norway

Ride the Eagle

Eagle Road, named after the eagles traditional to the area, features 11 hairpin bends. The highest point at Korsmyra is 620 metres above sea level. Take a bus tour to the top and enjoy panoramic views over Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters Falls.
Insider tip
Hop on a rib boat for a blood-pumping safari through Geiranger fjord.
Geiranger, Norway, Small Boats Docked At Pier
Multiple small boats docked at a pier in Geiranger, Norway,

Gone Fishing

Take a guided fishing boat, or hire one of your own. The lakes and rivers around Geiranger are brimming with salmon, trout and many other species. A day's fishing licence is a worthwhile investment and will only cost you about 20 Norwegian kroner.
Insider tip
Learn more about the history and culture of the fjords at the Norwegian Fjord Centre, which also sells local delicacies and handicrafts.
Geiranger, Norway, Roasted Tiger Prawns
A plater of roasted tiger prawns

Local Cuisine

Geiranger's restaurants take advantage of both the area's views and its natural bounty, including fish from the river, lakes and ocean and a countryside filled with wild berries and mushrooms. Sample local tiger prawns fried in olive oil. Or try one of the creative craft pizzas that have become trendy here.
Geiranger, Norway, Traditional Bag
Assorted traditional bags in Norway

Shopping

Geiranger has plenty of shops offering traditional Norwegian handicrafts, including wool garments and household and decorative items crafted from local wood. Take home some unique chocolate from Geiranger Sjokolade — a purveyor of handmade chocolate and the first ever chocolate factory to operate from a boathouse.

Day 4: Bergen, Norway

Day 4
Bergen
Norway
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Bergen, Norway Waterfront homes during winter
Colorful homes lining the coast on a winter day in Bergen, Norway
Things to do in
Bergen
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Set against the backdrop of seven mountains, Bergen's natural beauty and historical charm will stop you in your tracks. Stroll through the Bryggen neighbourhood, with its medieval cobblestone alleyways and red, yellow and white painted houses. Take the cable car or a one-hour hike to the top of Mt Floyen, and soak in dramatic views of the city and the surrounding fjords with Norway cruises. Encounter trolls – don't worry, they're only statues – in the Troll Forest. Later, learn why Bergen is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy with a meal at one of the city's forward-thinking restaurants, where chefs prepare cold-water seafood and local produce with modernist techniques.
Bergen, Norway Traditional Homes
Traditional homes in Bergen, Norway

Walk Through History

Wander alongside the wharf and through the narrow alleyways of Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen. See the colourful UNESCO-listed wooden buildings, preserved or rebuilt in their original medieval style. Curious to find out more about the city's history? Visit the Hanseatic Museum or the Bryggens Museum.
Insider tip
For rainy days, bring an umbrella or raincoat, or head indoors to one of the city's world-class museums.
Bergen, Norway Cable Car
A cable car going up a mountain over Bergen, Norway

Sights From the Summit

Head to the top of Mt Floyen or Mt Ulriken for dramatic views of the city, the fjords and the ocean. The cable car or funicular will take you there in just a few minutes. Want to stretch your legs? Mt Floyen is an approachable one-hour hike up peaceful trails.
Insider tip
September is a great month for foodies to visit Bergen; the summer rush is over, and the season of food and beer festivals begins.
Bergen, Norway Park Pavilion
A park pavilion in Bergen, Norway

Get Cultured

Bergen International Festival, Bergenfest and Bergen Live are among the many yearly festivals held here. Get to know the locals while listening to a rock or jazz band in one of the city's trendy nightclubs. Or indulge in a concert by the world's oldest symphony orchestra in modernist Grieg Hall.
Bergen, Norway Fish Market
An assortment of seafood for sale at a fish market in Bergen, Norway

Local Cuisine

Treat yourself to a Skillingsbolle cinnamon bun for a breakfast. Don't miss the seafood-centric freshness of Bergen fish soup, traditional fish cakes and local king crab. At the dinner hour, head to the Bryggen district, where you'll find higher-end restaurants transforming local ingredients into refined, modern plates.
Bergen, Norway Traditional Rosemaling Plates
Traditional rosemaling plates in Bergen, Norway

Shopping

Bergen is known as the Norwegian shopping capital, so the chances are high that you'll find what you're looking for. Check out one of the department stores – Bergen Storsenter is the largest – or trendy design stores stocked with cool gifts, souvenirs, homewares and fashion by local fashion designers, like Dale of Norway and Oleana.

Day 5: Alesund, Norway

Day 5
Alesund
Norway
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Alesund, Norway Coastal View
Coastal view of Alesund, Norway
Things to do in
Alesund
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Alesund is a small but lively city with a unique, modern feel. A rebuilding effort following a major fire in 1904 gave the city its distinctive Art Nouveau – or 'Jugendstil' – architectural style, defined its ornate details, asymmetrical facades and curving forms meant to resemble plants, animals and flowers. From the city park, walk up the 418 steps to the city's peak, Aksla – you'll be rewarded with a gorgeous panoramic view on the city, the islands and the rugged Sunnmorsalpane mountain range. Alesund is the home base for Norway's largest cod fishing fleet, so you won't have to go far to try some of the delicious and fresh seafood dishes during your Norway cruise.
Alesund, Norway Historic Art Nouveau Building
Several historic art nouveau buildings in Alesund, Norway

Art Nouveau Artefacts

Visit Jugendstil Senteret, a former pharmacy and the first listed Jugendstil monument in Alesund. Take an up-close look at this unique take on the Art Nouveau style, with its many floral patterns. Learn more about the rebuilding of the city after the great fire in 1904. Next door is Kube, Alesund's primary contemporary art space.
Insider tip
Norway is on its way to becoming a cashless society – you might actually find spots that accept only credit cards.
Alesund, Norway Aquarium
a person sitting in front of an aquarium display as fish swim by

Aquatic Adventure

Head to Atlanterhavsparken, a 4-million litre aquarium just three kilometres from the town centre. The place is teeming North Atlantic undersea life. Kids can feed the fish at the touch pool, and there are also penguin and seal exhibits. Admire the coastal scenery from the walking trails that start here.
Insider tip
Get the booklet 'Along the Streets of Alesund' from the Tourist Office – it'll guide you on a walking tour of the town's architectural highlights.
Alesund, Norway Street Food
various trays with street food

Festival Frenzy

Alesund is well-known for the many concerts and festivals that take place here. Have a look at what's on when you're in town. Popular events include the Alesund Theatre Festival, the Norwegian Food Festival and art and music festivals such as Jugendfest and Trandal Country Festival.
Alesund, Norway Bowl of Fish Soup
A bowl of fish soup

Local Cuisine

Alesund has several excellent top-end dining options – and naturally, seafood is the highlight. Try the salt cod, pan-fried cod tongues, mussels, poached salmon or tasty fish soups. For breakfast or an afternoon treat, sit down at a patisserie, cafe or espresso bar and enjoy a cup of strong coffee alongside a Solskinnskringle, a classic vanilla custard-based pastry.
Alesund, Norway Traditional Norwegian Hand Crafted Bowl
A blue traditional Norwegian bowl with fish decorations

Shopping

Head to Moloveien Street in the old harbour district near the fishing museum. You'll find several buildings from the period before the big fire in 1904. Amongst them are unique local shops specialising in everything from collectible Norwegian antiques to handcrafted glasswork and home goods.

Day 6: Cruising

Day 6
Cruising
At Sea
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Salmon Salad with Watercress - Izumi Restaurant
Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
FOR FOODIES
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.
Lobster and Crab Dish at Chef's Table
Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining

Chef's Table

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

Day 7 - 8: Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 7 - 8
Reykjavik
Iceland
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Reykjavik, Iceland, Aerial View
Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
Things to do in
Reykjavik
From Day 7, 11:00 AM - Day 8, 6:00 AM
Reykjavik is the beating heart of Iceland. The city was founded in 1786, but it's also the site of Iceland's first permanent settlement, dating back to 874 AD. Check out the Settlement Exhibition, a combination archaeological ruin and museum based around a 10th-century longhouse, where interactive technology and archaeology reveal historical Iceland. The church Hallgrimskirkja dominates the skyline — admire its distinctive Expressionist-style architecture designed to mirror the nearby mountains and glaciers during your Iceland cruise.
Reykjavik, Iceland
View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reach for the Sky

Hallgrimskirkja Church towers over the city. Hop on the lift to rise 75 metres into the spire, where you'll enjoy panoramic views. In the surprisingly understated interior, you'll find the vast 5,275-pipe organ, upon which an organist performs near-daily concerts.
Insider tip
Take a 30-minute guided tour of the glittering Harpa Music Hall, located on the edge of the port.
Reykjavik, Iceland, The Perlan
View of the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Worldwide Wonder

Grab the free shuttle bus every half hour from Harpa Music Hall to the Perlan Dome, which reveals the wonders of Iceland through exhibitions that include a man-made ice cave, a planetarium and an interactive glacier show. The observation deck puts your attention on the natural wonders of Iceland, including mountains, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier.
Insider tip
Kolaportio Flea Market is housed in an old industrial building by the harbour and offers everything from secondhand clothes to food and knock-off designer goods.
Reykjavik, Iceland, Blue Lagoon
People enjoying the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Reykjavik, Iceland

Get Steamy

Built on a lava field and heated with geothermal energy, the famous Blue Lagoon is an easy 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. Pamper yourself with mud masks and massages while in the hot water. There's plenty to do on dry land as well with cruises to Iceland – relax in a steam room, dine at LAVA Restaurant or shop for skincare products to bring a piece of Iceland home.
Reykjavik, Iceland, Icelandic Hot Dog
An Icelandic hot dog

Local Cuisine

Reykjavik holds culinary pleasures both high and low. Many local spots serve up hearty Icelandic meat stew, made with lamb, potatoes, carrots and lots of herbs. Seek out creamy lobster stew and locally caught langoustine tails. And don't miss out on the national street food: the Icelandic hot dog.
Reykjavik, Iceland, Wool Sweater
A wool sweater on a wooden floor

Shopping

Laugavegur, or 'the Wash Road', is the hippest shopping street in this compact city. An easy walk from port, the district offers a wide range of designer clothes, artisanal woollens and housewares. It's also home to an excellent bookstore and several spots for modern, design-driven home goods that bridge the gap between decorative and utilitarian.

Day 8: Cruising

Day 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool
SUN-DRENCHED DAYS
Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool

Pools

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 9: Akureyri, Iceland

Day 9
Akureyri
Iceland
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Akureyri, Iceland Scenic Landscape
Scenic countryside landscape in Akureyri, Iceland
Things to do in
Akureyri
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
For a city of 18,000 residents, Akureyri packs a lively punch. Situated at the head of Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord, the first thing you'll notice is the backdrop of dramatic snow-covered mountains. Take a stroll through the Old Town and admire the 19th-century turf houses. Sample some authentic Icelandic cuisine, or warm up in the steaming Akureyri Thermal Pool. Around the corner, you'll find Akureyri's basalt church, Akureyrarkirkja, with its striking, futuristic facade. Iceland cruises give you access to stroll through Lystigardurinn, the northernmost botanical garden in the world, and breathe in the fresh air and the scent of wild arctic flowers.
Akureyri, Iceland Flowers at Botanical Garden
Colorful flowers at a botanical garden in Akureyri, Iceland

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Find a wealth of plant life at a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle. At Lystigardurinn, the most northerly botanical garden in the world, you can walk along green pathways lined with colorful, sweet-smelling flowers, and take a look at Iceland's native species, as well as 4,000 foreign plants.
Insider tip
There's a free town bus service on four routes. Look for the yellow buses.
Akureyri, Iceland Laufas Rectory Farm Museum
Buildings at the Laufas Rectory Farm Museum in Akureyri, Iceland

Turf Tour

Take a taxi 23 kilometres to Laufas, where you'll find quaint turf-roofed farmhouses built in the 1860s. They may remind you of the hobbits' houses in 'The Lord of the Rings' – but more importantly, they're a window into how Icelanders once lived.
Insider tip
Several cafés and museums offer free Wi-Fi.
Akureyri, Iceland Blue Water Cave
Clear blue water within a cave in Iceland

Heat It Up

The Akureyri Thermal Pool is one of Iceland's finest. Cruise to Iceland and splash about or relax in the indoor and outdoor pools, which are open year-round. Join the locals for a dip in the geothermal hot spots, the 25-metre pool or the Turkish bath. There are also water slides and a pool for younger children.
Insider tip
It is extremely likely that there will be a festival in town, such as the annual Akureyri Art Summer, Local Food Festival or Akureyri Town Festival.
Akureyri, Iceland Hardfiskur Dried Fish
Hardfiskur dried fish with a side of charcoal bread and butter

Local Cuisine

After sightseeing and bathing, you'll probably have worked up quite an appetite. Luckily, Akureyri has lots of restaurants nestled in its centre. Icelandic cuisine is based on fish, lamb, dairy, root vegetables and herbs. If you're brave enough, try hakarl (fermented shark). Wash it down with a local craft beer or a taste of Brennivin, the traditional schnapps.
Akureyri, Iceland Wool Sweaters
An assortment of wool sweaters at a store

Shopping

You don't need to walk far when shopping in Akureyri: Most shops are in the city centre along Hafnarsteti street and in the Glerartorg shopping centre. You'll find trendy designer brands, fun souvenirs and high-fashion labels. The Icelandic Kroner (ISK) is the official currency, and many shops accept credit cards.

Day 10: Cruising

Day 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Center Stage Cruise Show Performer in blue dress singing Brilliance of the Seas
Performer in blue dress singing during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Brilliance of the Seas
SHOW-STOPPERS
Center Stage Cruise Show Orchestra on red and blue lights stage Royal Caribbean
Orchestra on red and blue lights stage during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Oasis of the Seas

Center Stage

Catch some of the best singers, dancers and musicians from throughout the ship on one stage in this dazzling revue.

Day 11: Lerwick / Shetland, Scotland

Day 11
Lerwick / Shetland
Scotland
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Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Town Hall
View of the town hall in Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland
Things to do in
Lerwick / Shetland
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lerwick is a seafaring town with a proud maritime and Nordic heritage. It's the only town on Scotland's Shetland Islands, which were a part of Norway until the 15th century. Originally a fishing village before becoming a major herring port, the town's harbor today is dotted with sailing ships, private yachts and boats. Explore the Shetland Museum to learn more about the islands' complex geology and see artifacts from the Iron Age and Viking era. Explore the rocky coastline and rolling green landscape by bike on the North Sea Cycle Route, and catch glimpses of the famous Shetland ponies roaming the open countryside. Cruise to Lerwick, Scotland and relax after your day of active adventure by toasting a pint at Lerwick Brewery.
Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Vintage textile loom
A vintage textile loom

Be Tempted by Textiles

Learn more about the heritage textile skills unique to these islands at Shetland Textile Museum. The museum's collection includes hundreds of items, dating from 1870 to 2016. These include Shetland lace, Fair Isle knitting, Shetland Taatit rugs and woven tweed. The museum also has tools, papers and patterns on display.
Insider tip
Unless you want to cycle the North Sea Cycle Route, Lerwick's top attractions are within walking distance of each other.
Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Bicycling on Road
A man bicycling on a road in Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland

Cycle the Isles

The North Sea Cycle Route runs through Norway, Scotland, England, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. Visit one of Lerwick's bike hire companies and spend a day exploring the coastline along the section of the North Sea Cycle Route that stretches through the island during your Norway cruise. There are signposts around Shetland for directions.
Insider tip
Lerwick's average summer temperature is 54 degrees Fahrenheit, so pack warm layers for year-round travel.
Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Black pudding on salad
Sliced black pudding on a fresh salad

Local Cuisine

Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant is a waterfront dining option, located inside the award-winning Shetland Museum and Archives. Fjara Cafe Bar is also on the waterfront; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fjara focuses on local produce. Here you'll find, pork, leek sausage, black pudding and espresso to satisfy your cravings. Lerwick Brewery is a family-run business with four beers on constant rotation.
Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland, Scottish Wool
An assortment of Scottish wool

Shopping

Shetland Museum and Archives' gift shop also has Shetland-theme books and maritime souvenirs. The Shetland Times Bookshop stocks both an array of books and gifts. On Commercial street, you'll find shops selling handcrafted homeware and items made from Shetland lace and wool — including hats, sweaters, scarves and even jewelry.

Day 12: Cruising

Day 12
Cruising
At Sea
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Vintages Small Bites
Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT
Vintages Friends Toasting with Wine
Vintages, lifestyle, celebration asian European caucasian women, Food and Beverage, fleetwide, Bars, Lounges, Hot Spots, Vintages Wine Bar, Adults, Girls having a toast,

Vintages

Whether you favor a bold Cab or the subtle nuance of Pinot Noir, Vintages has the perfect glass. From France to California, Chardonnay to Shiraz, the wide world of wine is well represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers. This is the perfect setting for indulging your passion for wine, or igniting it. Vintages also offers a small bites menu.
Couple Having Drinks at the R Bar
LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,

R Bar

Vintage glamor comes alive at R Bar — serving classic cocktails, like gin martinis and Old Fashioneds, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

Day 13: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 13
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Netherlands Tulip Field
Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things to do in
Amsterdam
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Amsterdam delivers a sensory overload – from its welcoming gezellig Dutch spirit to the clinking of bicycle chains and tulips of every colour. This is where 17th-century Golden Age estates meet gritty Red Light District alleys, all woven together by an elaborate system of canals. Stand amidst the bustle of Dam Square and pick fresh blooms at Bloemenmarkt. See where celebrated painter Rembrandt once worked and admire his masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Nibble on Gouda amid the greenery of Vondelpark – or relax in one of the city’s quirky coffee shops. Here it’s easy to let go and give in to romantic adventures.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Boat Ride
Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions – whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own hired pedal boat.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Van Gogh Museum
The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Anne Frank Statue
A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annexe where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Stroopwafels
Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes and quintessential 'Brown Bar' pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin) – or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Flower Market
Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf has been the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewellery shops and boutiques amongst The Nine Streets – or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

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