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Southampton , England | Bergen , Norway | Flam , Norway | Geiranger , Norway | Alesund , Norway | Stavanger , Norway | Southampton , England

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If you're looking for a vacation that sizes up with Alaska in adventure, you've come to the right ship. Between glacier gazing and tundra trekking, hang ten on the FlowRider® surf simulator, flash back to the '80s in Fast Forward, and tease your taste buds with a Far East feast at Izumi.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Southampton, England

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

HISTORIC MYSTERIES

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

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.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Bergen, Norway

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 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 4 - DOCKED

Flam, Norway

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Norwegian Nature

Located at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjorden, the world's deepest fjord, Flam is a small, picturesque village set against towering natural beauty. Walk to the Flam Railway and take the scenic ride through the mountains, or visit the museum in the former rail station building. Stroll around Otternes Farm Village, with houses from the 17th century. End the day by toasting a mug of ale at Norse-inspired Aegir Brewery.

The giant Kjosfossen waterfall in Norway
A train traveling through the countryside in Flam, Norway
View of a dock and a fjord in Flam, Norway

Located at the inner end of the Aurlandsfjorden, the world's deepest fjord, Flam is a small, picturesque village set against towering natural beauty. Walk to the Flam Railway and take the scenic ride through the mountains, or visit the museum in the former rail station building. Stroll around Otternes Farm Village, with houses from the 17th century. End the day by toasting a mug of ale at Norse-inspired Aegir Brewery.

The giant Kjosfossen waterfall in Norway
A train traveling through the countryside in Flam, Norway
View of a dock and a fjord in Flam, Norway
Things To Do

in Flam

A train traveling through Norway

Panoramic Ride

Step aboard the Flam Railway, one of the steepest railway tracks in the world — and of its most beauty-laden rides. The trip from sea level to the high mountain covers an elevation of nearly 900 meters in the span of an hour. During the journey, you'll catch countless views of snow-capped peaks over calm blue waters and pass through 20 mountain tunnels.

A fjord in Norway

Serenity Now

Enjoy the tranquility and quietness of a hike on one of the many trails in the Flam Valley. Or rent a bicycle to explore the dramatic mountain landscape around the Rallarvegen trail. You'll pass by steep mountainsides, flowing waterfalls and narrow valleys. Free maps of the routes are available at the tourist office.

Historic wood homes in Flam, Norway

Go Old-School

Visit the elevated Otternes Farm Village, located just five kilometers to the north, where you'll find a cluster of 27 houses from the 17th century. Get a glimpse of farm life through the ages and admire the serene landscape and its rolling hills.

A plate of reindeer with mashed potatoes

Local Cuisine

Some of the best food in Flam is served at its guesthouses and hotels, many of which have their own in-house restaurants that are open to non-guests as well. Savor classic Norwegian dishes with a modern twist, such as smoked reindeer and brown cheese ice cream. Drop by Aegir Brewery, an award-winning brewery inspired by Old Norse traditions.

A small troll souvenir figurine in Norway

Shopping

Flam's souvenir shops specialize in local handicrafts, including traditional knitted sweaters with Nordic designs, glass art, quality silverware, jewelry, sculptures, pewter items, wood carvings — and, of course, troll dolls. Visit the Flam Railway Museum shop for more variety of regional handicrafts, and stop into nearby Aurland, which is well-known for its shoes.

INSIDER TIP

The tourist office is located within the train station.

DAY 5 - TENDERED

Geiranger, Norway

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 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 6 - 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 7 - DOCKED

Stavanger, Norway

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Adventure in Norway

Start by exploring Old Stavanger, where traditional pastel cottages remain in remarkably good order. See Stavanger Cathedral, the oldest church in Norway. About 90 minutes away by car, you'll find the trail that will take you to the top of Prekestol, which offers views over all of the 40 kilometers that make up the unusually straight Lysefjord. Formed during the Ice Age, Lysefjord's mountains reach more than 3,000 feet above sea level and run as far as the eye can see.

Small boats on the coast of a fjord near Stavanger, Norway
City view of Stavanger, Norway
Side view of people standing on Cliff Preikestolen at the Lysefjord in Norway

Start by exploring Old Stavanger, where traditional pastel cottages remain in remarkably good order. See Stavanger Cathedral, the oldest church in Norway. About 90 minutes away by car, you'll find the trail that will take you to the top of Prekestol, which offers views over all of the 40 kilometers that make up the unusually straight Lysefjord. Formed during the Ice Age, Lysefjord's mountains reach more than 3,000 feet above sea level and run as far as the eye can see.

Small boats on the coast of a fjord near Stavanger, Norway
City view of Stavanger, Norway
Side view of people standing on Cliff Preikestolen at the Lysefjord in Norway
Things To Do

in Stavanger

The Domkirke church in Stavanger, Noway

On Top of the World

Prekestol — Norwegian for "Preacher's Pulpit" — is one of the area's biggest draws. The 600-meter climb may seem daunting, but it's actually quite approachable: The trails are well-marked, and the views on the way up slowly unveil the varied topography of the fjord below. By the time you reach the top, you might never want to leave.

Panoramic view of Lysefjord in Norway

Sights by Safari

The two-hour fjord safari takes you on a fascinating journey around Lysefjord, giving you an up-close-and-personal look at the incredibly varied landscape, including fantastic cliff formations. The tour takes about two hours and is conducted from fast, open RIBS boats.

The National Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, Norway

Oil Up

North Sea oil exploration has had a major impact on Stavanger. Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum for deeper insight into how it's has shaped the city. This is your chance to learn more about the technology and production of oil, gas and much more.

A plate of lutfisk in Norway

Local Cuisine

Stavanger has come into its own as a culinary destination. Try traditional classics like lutefisk, dried white fish rehydrated by a long cook in cream or beer. Sample locally harvested oysters, crabs, lobsters and other shellfish. Cruise to Stavanger and seek out modernist Nordic restaurants serving creative dishes like herring with sweet pickled carrots or summer trout risotto with ginger.

A souvenir viking boat

Shopping

While the shopping scene is somewhat heavy on national and international chains, Old Stavanger is a great place to find handicrafts, including hand-blown glass and other glass pieces. If you want to bring home something truly traditional, pick up a nisse (Santa Claus troll) or a classic Norwegian knit sweater.

INSIDER TIP

Ovre Holmegata is often called Stavanger's Notting Hill, due to the street's colorful buildings. It's filled with quirky shops and bars that are perfect for local people watching.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

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Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

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Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

Things to Do

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Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

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.

DAY 9 - Arrival Day

Southampton, England

ARRIVES:
5:30 AM
PRIME ENGLISH

COUNTRYSIDE

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

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