Discover the wonderful fjords of Norway on his 7-night 5* cruise on Sapphire Princess.
Visit the picturesque towns and cities of Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Bergen while navigating the wonderful fjords on this roundtrip from Southampton.
|FROM||Dublin / Southampton|
|DATE||16 June 2018|
|PRICE||From €1,119 pp|
Discover the wonderful fjords of Norway on his 7-night 5* cruise on Sapphire Princess. Visit the picturesque towns and cities of Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Bergen while navigating the wonderful fjords on this roundtrip from Southampton.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Southampton, UK: Depart 16.00
On arrival in Southampton, you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Sapphire Princess.
The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline that encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The landscape of hills and heaths, downs and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival. Southampton serves as your gateway to the countryside – and to a wide variety of historic sites, national landmarks and charming.
The United Kingdom’s premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home for many years to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear.
Day 2: At Sea:
Day 3: Stavanger, Norway: Arrive 07:00 Depart 16:00
Norway’s fourth largest city, Stavanger lies at the mouth of the Gandsfjord. The old port, attests to the sea’s enduring role in Norwegian history. Here, Vikings once sailed on voyages of conquest and exploration. In later centuries, the port served as a major hub for Norway’s mercantile and fishing fleets. By the mid-20th century, however, Stavanger had fallen on hard times as the fishing grounds dwindled. In 1969, the discovery of North Sea oil opened a new chapter in Stavanger’s history.
At the “Sword in the Rock” Monument, three giant crossed Viking swords commemorate King Harald Fair Hair’s unification of Norway in 872 following his victory at the Battle of Hafrsfjord.
Day 4: Olden, Norway: Arrive 09.00 Depart 19.00
By the mid-19th century, European travellers were cruising the waters of the Nordfjord and visiting the village of Olden. The Romantic Movement inspired this new taste for dramatic landscape – and Norway had plenty of dramatic landscape. Then as now, travelers were impressed, moved, and not frequently overwhelmed by the stark contrast between peaceful rural farmsteads and a towering wilderness of mountain peaks and glaciers.
For many years Olden was home to American landscape artist William H. Singer (1868-1943). Scion of a Pittsburgh steel family, Singer provided Olden with a road and a regional hospital.
Day 5: Hellesylt, Norway: Arrive 08:00 Depart 10:00
Hellesylt is your gateway to the scenic wonders of the Geirangerfjord district. Traveling overland from this old Viking port, the traveler can visit Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to Norway’s last remnant of the Ice Age. Trek to Briksdal Glacier, and look at its massive beard of ice. The dramatic landscape also offers stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls, and fast-flowing rivers teeming with salmon.
At over 4000 feet above sea level, the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba offers dramatic views that stretch from Jostedalsbreen National Park to the waters of Geirangerfjord.
Note: Hellesylt is a cruise-by port. Only those passengers participating in Hellesylt tours will transfer to shore by ship’s tender.
Day 5 Continued: Geiranger, Norway: Arrive 12:00 Depart 18:00
Like the spear it’s named for, Geirangerfjord thrusts nine miles into Norway’s mountains. Over 900 feet deep, the narrow fjord is lined by sheer cliffs that rear some 2,000 feet above its surface. Waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil Falls, plummet from cliff to fjord. At the head of this magnificent spectacle sits the tiny village of Geiranger. No wonder travellers have come to call for over a century and a half.
Geirangerfjord is often described as the “most beautiful fjord in the world.”
Note: Geiranger is an anchorage port, passengers transfer to shore by ship’s tender.
Day 6: Bergen, Norway: Arrive 07:00 Depart 14:00
Bergen has played a crucial role in Norwegian history and culture since Olav the Good founded the city in 1070. Perched between the sea and seven hills, Bergen has witnessed Vikings setting sail on voyages of exploration, trade and war. In the Middle Ages, its old port was a major trading hub for the Hanseatic League, the band of Germanic merchants whose trading empire encircled the Baltic and North Seas. In the 19th century, Bergen was home to such cultural luminaries as the virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg.
The city retains much of its 18th- and 19th-century charm. Visitors to Bergen will encounter a city that offers a heady blend of natural beauty, history and culture.
Day 7: At Sea:
Day 8: Southampton, UK: Arrive 07.00
Following your departure from the Sapphire Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.
7 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Sapphire Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Sapphire Princess)
As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.
- Last Refurbished: February 2012
- Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
- Number of Crew: 1,100
- Tonnage: 115,875
Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.
- Crafted by Curtis Stone (dining room dishes)
- Chef’s Table Experience^
- Chocolate Journeys℠
- Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^
- Sterling Steakhouse℠ (specialty restaurant)^
- Alfredo’s Pizzeria
- International Café
- Vines (wine bar)^
- Horizon Court (buffet)
- Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)
^Nominal charges may apply.
Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.
- Discovery at SEA™ Programs
- Festivals of the World
- The Piazza
- Shops of Princess
- Art Gallery & Auctions
- Photo & Video Gallery
- Platinum Photography Studio
- Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
- Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
- Lawn Court (golf putting and lawn games)
There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.
- Movies Under the Stars®
- Original Musical Productions
- Music & Dancing
- Vegas-style Casino
- Featured Guest Entertainers
- Princess Theater
- Skywalkers Nightclub
- Club Fusion (dance club)
- Churchill’s (cigar lounge)
- Crooners Bar
Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.
- The Princess Luxury Bed (on board in Mar. 2018)
- SLEEP by Princess
- The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
- Lotus Spa®^
- Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
- Fitness Classes^
^Nominal charges may apply.
Cruising is the ideal way for families to reconnect, from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. Share the joy of discovery on fascinating excursions, delight in entertaining group activities on board and, best of all, stay in a family suite or book adjoining rooms that keep family members close by.
- Movies Under the Stars®
- Discovery at SEA™ programs
- Festivals of the World
- Shore Excursions
- Discovery Family Fun Fair^
- Pools & Hot Tubs
- Sports Court
- Enrichment Courses
- Karaoke & Trivia Games
- Holiday Activities^
^On select sailings.
KIDS & TEENS
Staffed by experienced counselors, our younger cruisers are sure to stay happy all day long. Through our Discovery at SEA™ program, as well as the California Science Center partnership, we deliver exciting interactive activities for kids ages 3-12, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.
Dates & Prices
|16 June 2018||€1,119||Inside Cabin||Book Now|
|16 June 2018||€1,449||Oceanview Cabin||Book Now|
|16 June 2018||€1,639||Balcony Cabin||Book Now|
- Direct flight from Dublin to Southampton
- Airport transfers to the port
- 7 nights onboard the 5* Sapphire Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Return transfer from port to airport
- Flight from Southampton to Dublin
- Taxes, charges and 15kg check-in bag per person
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.