Norway’s fjords are stunning in their majesty –
– tranquil blue waters lapping at lush green slopes, rising to towering mountain peaks. You will spend hours standing at the ship’s rail in the clean air gazing at granite cliffs punctuated by cascading waterfalls, remote mountain farms and pretty villages nestling in the valleys. Enjoy this 7-Night Majestic Fjordland cruise with your family members or friends.
7-Night Majestic Fjordland
So much beauty and splendor is packed into this cruise with an unrivaled choice of optional excursions. Departs from London Tilbury.
Eidfjord (Norway) Lying at the end of a tributary of the beautiful Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord is surrounded by mountains up to 1,900 meters high. The small town is the gateway to Hardangervidda, which is the largest high mountain plateau in Europe and Norway’s largest national park. A short walk from the village center there are graves by the roadside dating back to the Iron Age and Viking eras. The ‘old’ church in Eidfjord was built in 1309. Nearby the stunning Vøringfossen waterfall is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions and features in optional excursions along with the amazing Sysen Dam.
Flåm (Norway) Surrounded by towering mountains the tiny village of Flåm, with some 500 inhabitants, nestles at the head of Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord. Its popularity as a tourist destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steamships carrying English and German passengers including Europe’s royals attracted by the salmon fishing in the Flåm River. Today’s visitors are drawn to Flåm for a chance to ride on one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railways. A masterpiece of engineering, Flåm Railway twists and turns through the steep-sided Flåm Valley amidst some of Norway’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.
Åndalsnes (Norway) Åndalsnes lies at the end of the 88-kilometre long Romsdalfjord at the mouth of the River Rauma. The river, which flows through the Romsdal Valley, was one of the first rivers in Norway to attract British aristocrats and other fly fishing foreigners at the end of the 19th century. The small town is today the administrative center of Rauma in Norway’s Møre and Romsdal district. Optional excursions feature the beautiful Romsdal Alps with the famous Troll Wall and spectacular winding Troll Path Road. Åndalsnes is also the start of the incredible Rauma Line, a vintage steam train journey through enthralling mountain scenery.
Bergen (Norway) Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city. Yet with a population of less than a quarter of a million, it has the feel of a small town. It is beautifully sited against a backdrop of seven mountains and the funicular ride to the summit of Mount Fløien affords wonderful panoramic views of Bergen and Norway’s attractive coastline. Overlooking the harbor the colorful Bryggen wharf is the face of Bergen. The characteristic wooden gabled buildings were once the home and offices of Hanseatic merchants but today house shops selling crafts and traditional souvenirs.
Look What’s Included
Compare our fares together with what’s included and you’ll appreciate what outstanding value our cruises represent. Cabin accommodation, full board cuisine, afternoon teas, daytime activities, evening entertainment and full use of the onboard leisure facilities are all included in the fare.
- Comfortable cabin accommodation of your choice
- Excellent service standards from a very friendly and attentive crew
- Delicious full board cuisine, plus afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Welcome & Farewell Captain’s Cocktail Parties (cruises of 6 nights or more)
- Self-service tea & coffee, from 6am to midnight
- Stylish entertainment, cabarets and popular classical interludes
- Daytime activities program
- Informative guest speakers and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
- Wide range of leisure facilities to enrich your time on board
- Porterage of luggage from port to cabin
- Port Taxes/government charges
At Cruise & Maritime Voyages, we recognize the importance of offering a very high standard of evening entertainment brought to you by our experienced Cruise Directors and entertainment hosts. It is their aim to ensure that you have an unforgettable cruise holiday and present a truly wonderful and varied entertainment program. With ‘big show’ productions, guest acts, cabarets and classical interludes, there’s something for everyone on board.
Highly Acclaimed Big Shows and Cabarets
After a busy day ashore, many passengers look forward to starting their evening with a pre-dinner drink before making their way to the restaurant. Following dinner, the highly-acclaimed entertainment team invite you to join them in the Show Lounge where they will display their talents in a glittering and colorful ‘big show’ accompanied by the ship’s live orchestra. These stylish performances are complemented with our carefully chosen specialty acts and guest entertainers to add variety to the evening entertainment on offer throughout your cruise. Our variety of popular cabarets are for your listening pleasure and offer the chance to step onto the floor. And, if the night is still young, enjoy tracks from our late-night DJ. If, however it is quieter pleasures that you prefer, how about a liqueur and good conversation; listening to a classical interlude from our resident pianist and violinist; a few hands of cards; or making up a table for a syndicate quiz. And whenever you decide to call it a night, round off a perfect evening with a stroll on deck knowing that the welcoming haven that is your cabin is just a short walk away.
Out on Deck
This ship offers expansive deck areas and promenades with traditional wooden decking, ideal for viewing on our scenic cruises. When the weather is fine, there are two heated swimming pools and a large screen for outdoor movies and sporting events. Why not relax at the Ocean Terrace with a cocktail from the Club Oasis Bar or a bite to eat from the Alfresco Grill.
NEW Multi-Generational Cruising
Many of our guests tell us that they would like the opportunity to take their children and grand-children. So, although Columbus generally operates as an adult only ship we are offering this cruise in August with no age restriction. Please note that there are no specific children’s facilities on board.
Additionally, if you want to stay behind and discover Bergen, here are 36 recommended hours…
Explore the cultural scene and Nordic cuisine of this beguiling coastal city. Many come to Bergen in pursuit of nearby nature, to see the dramatic fjords and waterfalls and misty mountain peaks of Norway’s southwestern coast. But before you are whisked away on a cruise ship or hiking tour, it’s worth exploring the city itself, Norway’s second largest. Although visitors typically head straight for the historic harbor, locals have been busy elsewhere, developing an all-are-welcome cultural scene where black-metal bands reign, New Nordic cuisine rules, and the number of excellent art museums befits a city where rain is almost always in the forecast. So pack an umbrella, and save the fjords for later — they’re not going anywhere.
2 P.M. Norwegian Wood: The city center may sit at sea level, but Bergen’s attractions extend up onto Mount Floyen, which rises over a thousand feet from the edge of town. First ride the Floibanen funicular (90 Norwegian kroner, or about $10.60, round trip) to the glass-walled viewing platform with sweeping vistas of the city below. Then venture deeper into the Norwegian woods to find Tubakuba, a cliffside cabin designed by local architecture students in 2014. It’s only a five-minute walk to the hut’s fantastical entrance: a curved wooden orifice resembling a giant tuba’s bell. The tiny cabin is rented to families to encourage exposure to the outdoors, but it can’t hurt to clamber into the horn and knock to see if someone will let you peek in.
4 P.M. Street-Art Surprises: One antidote to the omnipresent gray skies is the city’s impressive street art, a genre that has evolved here way beyond spray paint. In the city center, there’s a legal graffiti wall in constant flux at Sentralbadet, but more interesting is the optimistic neon-light installation — “There are a lot of good people around” — by Svein Moxvold on Domkirkegaten. For the highest concentration of street art, explore the Skostredet area, where colorful murals large and small were joined last year by an auditory artwork, a seating nook with embedded speakers playing hypnotic melodies, installed by Lydgalleriet, a sound-art gallery across the street.
7:30 P.M. Nordic Tapas: Norwegian tapas sounds like a joke — “like small plates?” — but the conceit works at Bare Vestland, a two-year-old restaurant specializing in appetizer-size portions of creative Nordic cuisine. The cozy space, down a half-flight of stairs, has a cabin-in-the-woods atmosphere with low beamed ceilings and rustic furnishings. A recent meal began with torn hunks of sourdough smeared with bright-green lovage butter, and progressed to a deliciously funky plate of cured whitefish with curls of carrot, pickled turnips and spicy mustard seeds. But the highlight was pork rib so tender that it could be eaten with a spoon, paired with sweet pea purée and brown butter. Dinner for two, about 1,000 kroner.
10 P.M. Tunes and Taps: The local music scene is small but mighty, supporting diverse genres from black metal to indie folk-pop. And all tastes are welcome at Apollon, a record store and bar where local bands often stage performances in the backyard or wedged between crates of LPs and box sets. If the music isn’t live, turn your attention to what’s behind the bar: 35 taps, many pouring Norwegian craft beers, including original collaboration brews like the Tropical House Beer, a pineapple-scented pale ale made at Voss Bryggeri, a microbrewery northeast of Bergen.
10 A.M. Walk Through History: The postcard image of the city is of Bryggen, a row of gabled wooden buildings along the harbor that was the epicenter of Bergen’s fishing and trade industry in the 14th to 18th centuries. For a different perspective of the historic area, stroll through the labyrinth of creaky houses, today occupied mostly by souvenir shops, to Bryggen’s hidden backyard park along Ovregaten. Then continue to the Hanseatic Museum to see what Bryggen life was like for the German merchants who worked here for the Hanseatic League (admission, 160 kroner). In a drafty 18th-century wood tenement, the museum has preserved the haunting furnishings, including the migrant workers’ eerily small bunk beds.
Noon; Literary Lunch: Leave Bryggen behind for lunch at Litteraturhuset, a cultural and literary institution opened in 2013 whose spacious first floor is home to Colonialen Kafé & Brasserie. At lunchtime, the cafe offers a seasonal menu of warming dishes that recently included creamy cauliflower soup drizzled with olive oil and Spanish almonds (95 kroner) and a hearty plate of homemade sausages with crackly skin atop mashed potatoes, roasted onions and whole-grain mustard (175 kroner). Ask the friendly staff for by-the-glass wine suggestions, or scan the chalkboard menu for a local beer, like Lervig’s Rye IPA from nearby Stavanger.
2 P.M. Bad Weather, Good Clothing: Scandinavians claim that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. So, when the rain (or sleet or hail) starts to fall, as it inevitably will in this wet city, find solutions at T-Michael & Norwegian Rain. The sophisticated shop, which opened this new flagship location last September, is stocked with Norwegian Rain’s unisex outerwear — sculptural ponchos lined in cashmere, elegant capes with shearling collars — along with water-resistant wingtips and tailored men’s wear from the local designer T-Michael.
3 P.M. Art Row: Bergen’s top fine-art institutions are conveniently aligned in a row, like ducklings, alongside a large pond. Begin at Kode 4, where the permanent collection includes mesmerizing naturalist paintings by the beloved Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup from the early 1900s, and an eye-opening exploration of Bergen’s 1960s avant-garde movement. Continue next door at Kode 3, which exhibits works from the art collector Rasmus Meyer, including many paintings signed Edvard Munch (admission 100 kroner; valid for two days at Kode 1, 3 and 4). Finish with contemporary art at Bergen Kunsthall, currently showing austere drawings, sculptures and tapestry by the Norwegian artist Jan Groth (through Aug. 13).
7 P.M. New Nordic Nosh: When the chef Christopher Haatuft returned to open a restaurant in his native Bergen, he brought a résumé brandishing experience at some of the world’s top restaurants: Per Se, Alinea, Blue Hill at Stone Barns. His restaurant, Lysverket, opened in 2013 serving multicourse menus of New Nordic cuisine — think of North Atlantic clams with cabbage and smoked buttermilk. The large space, with exposed industrial ceilings and elegant Scandinavian décor, also contains a bar area with flickering tealights and fur-draped banquettes. Curl up here with the à la carte menu, which recently offered fried cod’s head (165 kroner) and funky Norwegian cheeses with jam and tangy sourdough about 225 kroner.
11 P.M. Drinking Dens: There’s a watering hole to suit every resident in Bergen, from the excitable university students to the world-weary intelligentsia. For a party with Ping-Pong, popcorn and dangerously delicious raspberry-daiquiri slushes, go to Vaskeriet, an excellent cocktail bar near the university. Looking for the sort of dive bar that the prolific writer and former resident Karl Ove Knausgaard might have frequented? Then drop by Folk og Rovere, a hangout with well-worn couches, Norwegian beers on tap and eccentric regulars young and old. Or follow the hip crowd to Ujevnt, a retro-style bar where creative drinks are mixed with aquavit — the bracing spirit called the gin of the Nordics — as in the Aquatonic (aquavit, tonic and cucumber, 112 kroner).
11 A.M. Morning Roast: Compared with the acclaimed coffee scene in Oslo, Bergen is still playing catch-up. Leading the local charge is the newly opened Bergen Kaffebrenneri Vagen, the first city-center cafe from a cult coffee roaster known by its BKB logo. Here, attention is paid to every detail, from house-made baked goods to the various brewing methods — see the shiny Marzocco espresso machine and multiple hand-brew options. For breakfast, keep things simple with a sandwich — the Brie with peppery greens on chewy walnut bread is superb (86 kroner) — and a cup of filter coffee.
1 P.M. Piano Man: The beauty of Norwegian nature was a constant inspiration for Edvard Grieg, the Romantic-era composer and Bergen native revered for his classical concerto and soulful piano compositions. And it’s easy to see why on a visit to Troldhaugen, Grieg’s longtime summer home. Built in 1885, the waterside villa is now part of the Edvard Grieg Museum, filled with mementos like the composer’s Steinway piano. In season (May through September), time a tour to coincide with a lunchtime concert in the music hall, where pianists perform by a picture window overlooking the garden hut where Grieg once worked on his masterpieces (admission with concert, 160 kroner).