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Ocean Princess Cruise to Norway

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Ocean Princess Cruise to Norway

We are leaving on the Ocean Princess on June 24, 2011. Ports of call are Stavenger, Olden, Geiranger, and Bergen. Does anyone have any recommendations on best activities in those ports vs. cruise shore excursions?

Stavanger, Norway
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Hi,

This sounds like a great cruise. I'm not familiar with the cruise shore excursions offered.

I will comment on Stavanger. How much time have got in Stavanger? Your ship will dock in the harbour, which in the heart of town so you can easily move around on your own here.

Everything listed below are within easy walking distance.

ØVRE HOLMEGATE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD

A small street in the centre of town with colorful buildings, cozy cafés and stores for retro shopping. In this street you will find the following highlights:

Bøker & Børst (Books & Booze) - serves coffee, cocoa, tea, beer, wine and soft drinks. Nice to sit outside during the summer.

http://bokerogborst.com/

Sjokoladepiken (Chocolate girl) - serves homemade chocolate products. Nice outdoor seating. www.sjokoladepiken.no/index.cfm?id=224757

Syvende Himmel - (Seventh Heaven) - retro clothing (not second hand).

Thai Cuisine (on the corner of Øvre Holmegate and Kirkegata) - best thai restaurant in town, worth a visit if you like thai food. tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g190511-d1…

Harry Pepper - Mexican inspired food (my favourite restaurant in town). http://www.harry-pepper.no/

Resept - cozy vegetarian café located in Østervåg 43, on the opposite side of the street where Øvre Holmegate ends.

www.resept-cafe.no/resept/public/openIndex…

VÅGEN - THE HARBOUR

This is where you find a row of restaurants, pubs and bars. You will find a mix of locals and tourists sitting outside all day long.

OLD STAVANGER

Next to the harbour and very close to where your cruise ship will dock.

For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamle_Stavanger

NORWEGIAN PETROLEUM MUSEUM

This museum may sound boring, but I always recommend it to friends and family visiting and they have all enjoyed the exhibitions. http://www.norskolje.museum.no/

The official website for the Stavanger region is useful: http://www.regionstavanger.com/en/

A nice excursion is the Lysefjord fjord cruise: regionstavanger.com/en/…

Pippi

PS use google translate for the websites that is only in Norwegian.

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Stavanger and Bergen are both old towns with compact town centers, easy to explore on foot. Attractions in Bergen, see: http://www.visitbergen.com/en/attractions/

In Olden an Geiranger on the other hand, you need transportation to viewpoints at some distance from the villages, excursions offered by the cruise line are probably the best option.

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3. Re: Ocean Princess Cruise to Norway

Read your post (and replies) with interest as I am going with Crown Princess 28th July. When you are back please please post something for me to have an idea whats best to do etc, thanks

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In Olden the main attraction is Briksdal glacier. It is located in the very beautiful valley Oldedalen. You drive along Lake Oldevatn and see a lot of waterfalls enroute. An alternative to the ship`s excursions is possible bhttp://reise2.fjord1.no/Fjord1IISStaticTables/Tables/ruter-eng/t/14-751.htm

y local transport, The Glacier bus.

As regards Geiranger , the Geiranger fjord itself is the real attraction. The village itself is not much more than a cluster of souvenir shops. To see some more of the scenic surroundings, it might be an idea to join a shore excursion.

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5. Re: Ocean Princess Cruise to Norway

We did Aalesund,Geiranger,Olden & Bergen on the Crown Princess last summer,after a very hectic period leading up to the cruise we just wanted to relax so all we did was relax around all of these places,the cruise lines excursions are very expensive.

A lot of the advice given by the tour director was not too accurate to say the least.

You may hit a further snag in Bergen if,like us, you end up being berthed at the container terminal,the shuttle bus was free but the journey into town,along with the ridiculous early Sunday morning arrival & early afternoon departure meant that little was open,we were lucky enough to ride the Funicular & get the view before the rain arrived & pretty much washed out what time we had there!

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Hi Snaefell,

We are 2 couples in our sixties... It seems that we are taking the same cruise on Crown in July, the only difference being the first stop - in our "case" - Stavanger. Would you be so kind as to give us info about alternatives to the cruise's shore excursions, which are very expensive. Did you see fellow travellers just taking a trip when arriving without booking anything in advance? On our first ever cruise last year to the Carribeans, in every port we could choose "on the spot" an alternative to the cruise's trips for half a price...

Thanking you in advance, Daniela

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7. Re: Ocean Princess Cruise to Norway

I don't know these cruises, but generally: In Geiranger & Olden you need transport for some great sights such as the road to Dalsnibba summit (Geiranger) and the glacier (at Briksdalen).

In Ålesund, Stavanger and Bergen you can easily walk around on your own as the centres are compact.

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8. Re: Ocean Princess Cruise to Norway

In Olden it is possible to take a local bus to Briksdalen Fjellestove. From there, a mini-train to Briksdalsbreen. Time table: …fjord1.no/Fjord1IISStaticTables/…14-751.htm

In Geiranger, possible to book excursion by bus independently for groups:

geirangerfjord.no/Rejse/uk/EXPLORE-GEIRANGER…

Also possible to rent a car, advance booking essential.

I do not think you will find alternative tours ready and waiting for the cruise passengers in any of these places.

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In Bergen there is the hop-on hop-off sightseeing that leaves from the Skolten Cruise terminal as an alternative to the arranged tours. It costs NOK 150 pp.

citysightseeing-bergen.net/our-route-and-tim…

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10. Re: Ocean Princess Cruise to Norway

Thank you,

OsloViking

Iverh

and klimafly....

Your info is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to visit at least a small and beautiful part of Norway. Daniela