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Amsterdam , Netherlands | Geiranger , Norway | Bergen , Norway | Alesund , Norway | Reykjavik , Iceland | Reykjavik , Iceland | Akureyri , Iceland | Lerwick / Shetland , Scotland | Amsterdam , Netherlands

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Calling all backroads ramblers and culture cruisers— your ship's come in. Whether you're catching a movie poolside or enjoying Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, you're in for the ultimate adventure in between shores.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Amsterdam, Netherlands

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

DISCOVER AMSTERDAM

Pick up syrupy stroopwafels from a street vendor for breakfast and then enjoy a peaceful walk through Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace. Trace the city’s unique history through artifacts and photos at the Amsterdam Museum. Or get hands-on with the kids at the NEMO Science Center.

The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on a bridge in spring
Aerial view of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pick up syrupy stroopwafels from a street vendor for breakfast and then enjoy a peaceful walk through Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace. Trace the city’s unique history through artifacts and photos at the Amsterdam Museum. Or get hands-on with the kids at the NEMO Science Center.

The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on a bridge in spring
Aerial view of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things To Do

in Amsterdan

Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

RIVER BOAT RIDE

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 rented pedal boat.

The Van Hogh museum

ART MUSEUMS

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.

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 annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.

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.

Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among 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 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

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.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

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 - DOCKED

Geiranger, Norway

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Nautral Fjords

Home to Norway's most spectacular fjord, Geiranger offers natural beauty you have to experience to understand. Towering mountainsides rise above roaring waterfalls. Explore from the water in a kayak or raft, or enjoy the view from dry land while hiking or cycling. When you need to fill up, head to the village to sample cured elk and juniper sausage, or quench your thirst with a Viking-inspired ale at the town's craft brewery.

Aerial view of Geiranger, Norway and a fjord
Seven Sisters Waterfall in Norway
Waterfront buildings in Geiranger, Norway

Home to Norway's most spectacular fjord, Geiranger offers natural beauty you have to experience to understand. Towering mountainsides rise above roaring waterfalls. Explore from the water in a kayak or raft, or enjoy the view from dry land while hiking or cycling. When you need to fill up, head to the village to sample cured elk and juniper sausage, or quench your thirst with a Viking-inspired ale at the town's craft brewery.

Aerial view of Geiranger, Norway and a fjord
Seven Sisters Waterfall in Norway
Waterfront buildings in Geiranger, Norway
Things To Do

in Geiranger

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 is an adventure in and of itself.

View of the winding Eagle Road in Norway

Ride the Eagle

Eagle Road, named after the eagles traditional to the area, features 11 hairpin turns. The highest point at Korsmyra is 620 meters above sea level. Take a bus tour to the top and enjoy panoramic views over Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters Falls.

Multiple small boats docked at a pier in Geiranger, Norway,

Gone Fishing

Take a guided fishing boat, or rent one of your own. The lakes and rivers around Geiranger are brimming with salmon, trout and many other species. A day fishing license is a worthwhile investment and will only cost you about 20 Norwegian kroner.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

Sit on the Queen Sonja of Norway throne at Flydalsjuvet near the village of Geiranger and enjoy spectacular views.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Bergen, Norway

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

GATEWAY TO THE FJORDS

Wooded mountains and narrow fjords surround the vibrant city of Bergen. Explore the charming harbor and the historic streets, lined with distinctively colorful wooden houses. Or take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen, and savor views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the harbor below. When your appetite calls, sample the traditional Bergen fish soup, or treat yourself to killingsbolle, a large cinnamon bun.

Colorful homes lining the coast on a winter day in Bergen, Norway
Aerial view of Bergen, Norway
Coastal city of Bergen, Norway surrounded by lush mountains

Wooded mountains and narrow fjords surround the vibrant city of Bergen. Explore the charming harbor and the historic streets, lined with distinctively colorful wooden houses. Or take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen, and savor views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the harbor below. When your appetite calls, sample the traditional Bergen fish soup, or treat yourself to killingsbolle, a large cinnamon bun.

Colorful homes lining the coast on a winter day in Bergen, Norway
Aerial view of Bergen, Norway
Coastal city of Bergen, Norway surrounded by lush mountains
Things To Do

in Bergen

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 colorful 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.

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.

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.

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.

Traditional rosemaling plates in Bergen, Norway

Shopping

Bergen is known as the Norwegian shopping capital, so the chances are high 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.

INSIDER TIP

For rainy days, bring an umbrella or raincoat, or head indoors to one of the city's world-class museums.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Alesund, Norway

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Discover Alesund

In Alesund, you'll find distinctive archiecture in the Jugendstil style, the Scandinavian answer to the ornate, asymmetrical style of Art Nouveau. Discover the region's mouthwatering seafood, and attend one of the lively cultural and arts festivals. Climb the 418 steps to the summit of Aksla Hill for clear views of the city, the surrounding mountains and the islands that dot the bay. Or hit the mountains for some skiing — there are rugged slopes as well as gentle hills.

Coastal view of Alesund, Norway
Boats docked in a river in Alesund, Norway with colorful buildings on the shore
Two boats docked outside of a red fishing hut in Norway

In Alesund, you'll find distinctive archiecture in the Jugendstil style, the Scandinavian answer to the ornate, asymmetrical style of Art Nouveau. Discover the region's mouthwatering seafood, and attend one of the lively cultural and arts festivals. Climb the 418 steps to the summit of Aksla Hill for clear views of the city, the surrounding mountains and the islands that dot the bay. Or hit the mountains for some skiing — there are rugged slopes as well as gentle hills.

Coastal view of Alesund, Norway
Boats docked in a river in Alesund, Norway with colorful buildings on the shore
Two boats docked outside of a red fishing hut in Norway
Things To Do

in Alesund

Several historic art nouveau buildings in Alesund, Norway

Art Nouveau Artifacts

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.

a person sitting in front of an aquarium display as fish swim by

Aquatic Adventure

Head to Atlanterhavsparken, a 4 million liter aquarium just three kilometers from the town center. 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.

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.

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.

A blue traditional Norwegian bowl with fish decorations

Shopping

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

INSIDER TIP

Norway is on its way to becoming a cashless society — you might actually find spots that accept only credit cards.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Sushi chef prepping a sushi plate at Izumi Japanese fine dining restaurant. One of the best vacation cruise dining.

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Sushi chef prepping a sushi plate at Izumi Japanese fine dining restaurant. One of the best vacation cruise dining.

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

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 - DOCKED

Reykjavik, Iceland

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM

Discover Iceland

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland
Things To Do

in Reykjavik

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reach for the Sky

Hallgrimskirkja Church towers over the city. Hop on the elevator to rise 75 meters 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.

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, volcanoes, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier.

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.

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.

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, artisan wools 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.

INSIDER TIP

Take a 30-minute guided tour of the glittering Harpa Music Hall, located on the edge of the port.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Reykjavik, Iceland

DEPARTS:
6:00 AM

Discover Iceland

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland
Things To Do

in Reykjavik

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reach for the Sky

Hallgrimskirkja Church towers over the city. Hop on the elevator to rise 75 meters 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.

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, volcanoes, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier.

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.

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.

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, artisan wools 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.

INSIDER TIP

Take a 30-minute guided tour of the glittering Harpa Music Hall, located on the edge of the port.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Things to Do

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

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.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

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 - DOCKED

Akureyri, Iceland

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Artic Adventure

Iceland's second city is cozy but vibrant, with regular music festivals and top-notch restaurants. Stroll around the old town and join the locals for a spot of relaxation in the indoor or outdoor Akureyri Thermal Pool. Admire the many colors of Icelandic flowers in the botanical garden, and marvel at the magic of the Northern Lights.

Scenic countryside landscape in Akureyri, Iceland
The steps leading up to the Church of Akureyri
A beautiful landscape of yellow flowers, the bay, Akureyri, Iceland, and mountains in the distance

Iceland's second city is cozy but vibrant, with regular music festivals and top-notch restaurants. Stroll around the old town and join the locals for a spot of relaxation in the indoor or outdoor Akureyri Thermal Pool. Admire the many colors of Icelandic flowers in the botanical garden, and marvel at the magic of the Northern Lights.

Scenic countryside landscape in Akureyri, Iceland
The steps leading up to the Church of Akureyri
A beautiful landscape of yellow flowers, the bay, Akureyri, Iceland, and mountains in the distance
Things To Do

in Akureyri

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.

Buildings at the Laufas Rectory Farm Museum in Akureyri, Iceland

Turf Tour

Take a taxi 23 kilometers 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.

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-meter pool or the Turkish bath. There are also water slides and a pool for younger children.

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 downtown center. 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.

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 center along Hafnarsteti street and in the Glerartorg shopping mall. You'll find trendy designer brands, fun souvenirs and high-fashion labels. The Icelandic Kroner (ISK) is the official currency, and many stores accept credit cards.

INSIDER TIP

There's a free town bus service on four routes. Look for the yellow buses.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performer in blue dress singing during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Brilliance of the Seas

Performer in blue dress singing during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Brilliance of the Seas

Things to Do

Performers dressed in white on stage during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Brilliance of the Seas
Center Stage

INTO THE LIMELIGHT

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

DAY 11 - TENDERED

Lerwick / Shetland, Scotland

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Adventure in Scotland

Begin your Lerwick adventure at the Shetland Museum and Archives, where you can learn about the Viking roots of this far-northern corner of Scotland. Then, wander around the harbor and town center and make your way to Fort Charlotte, a five-sided artillery fort built in the 1600s. In the afternoon, head to Clickimin Loch and the Broch of Clickimin, an Iron Age drystone structure that dates back to the first century A.D.

View of the town hall in Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland
The ruins of old stone homes in Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland
Buildings in the old town of Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland

Begin your Lerwick adventure at the Shetland Museum and Archives, where you can learn about the Viking roots of this far-northern corner of Scotland. Then, wander around the harbor and town center and make your way to Fort Charlotte, a five-sided artillery fort built in the 1600s. In the afternoon, head to Clickimin Loch and the Broch of Clickimin, an Iron Age drystone structure that dates back to the first century A.D.

View of the town hall in Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland
The ruins of old stone homes in Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland
Buildings in the old town of Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland
Things To Do

in Lerwick / Shetland

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.

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.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

Unless you want to cycle the North Sea Cycle Route, Lerwick's top attractions are within walking distance of each other.

DAY 12 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,

Things to Do

Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
Vintages

UNCORK A VINTAGE ADVENTURE

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.

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

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

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

DAY 13 - Arrival Day

Amsterdam, Netherlands

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM

DOUBLE DUTCH ADVENTURE

Spend the afternoon in Amsterdam exploring the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring area, either by bicycle or boat. Stop by the Anne Frank House and see her wartime diaries. Check out Holland’s legendary windmills while learning about its reclaimed land. Or view mind-bending modern art at Stedelijk Museum. Top off the day with cocktails in a Red Light District watering hole.

Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunset shot of bridges over canals during Autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spend the afternoon in Amsterdam exploring the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring area, either by bicycle or boat. Stop by the Anne Frank House and see her wartime diaries. Check out Holland’s legendary windmills while learning about its reclaimed land. Or view mind-bending modern art at Stedelijk Museum. Top off the day with cocktails in a Red Light District watering hole.

Traditional old buildings and tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunset shot of bridges over canals during Autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things To Do

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Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

RIVER BOAT RIDE

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 rented pedal boat.

The Van Hogh museum

ART MUSEUMS

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.

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 annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.

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.

Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among 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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