This is a cruise with no cycling! Although we are in the business of cycle tours, this is an exception. Why?
Because this is such a wonderful cruise! The best. I wanted to do this cruise myself for years and years but never found the right time and company, so, finally, I decided to go this year. In April, I joined the Havila Castor; it was the best trip I ever took. I must be honest; I wouldn’t say I liked cruise ships. I will not go into detail, but I am thrilled to say this ship is just a jewel of a ship. It has 167 cabins, so there can never be more than 400 guests on board for the trip.
The ship sails as the post ships did in the past and present: they deliver some goods to some places and stop at regular times at ports where only these ships come. The best thing: you see the mainland or islands the whole time! Never a dull moment, but a fantastic scenery that calms you down as we float by.
The a la carte food is tasteful, especially if you like the local fish; this is heaven! Rest assured, there are meat options as well as there are many great veggie options. It’s all just delicious. Even breakfast is ordered a la carte!
And, last but not least at all, Norway is so beautiful. There is so much rough nature, small harbours, wooden houses, old wooden churches. Reindeer, Eagles, Whales.
Come and join me on the best cruise of your life! Read the whole itinerary, sailing schedule, room description and all you like to know here:
What is included with this trip:
- 11 nights, including dinners, breakfast and lunch from arrival to departure
- free coffee and tea
- daily room service,
- instant coffee and tea in the cabin
- Hairdryer, shampoo, soap, shower gel, towels
- a la carte breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Gym with a view
- Sauna and outside hot tubs
- Upfront lounge and bar
- daily onboard talks and get-togethers
- Lenny, being on this great winter trip
Not yet included, but necessary to make this a great trip:
- Daily excursion costs are estimated at 1,500 euros per person
Prices of the CABINS on our group tour, departure date 29th of February 2024:
Single-use Interior Cabin: 3111 euro
2 Guests in a Interior Cabin: 3360 euro, 1580 euro per person
Single-use SeaView Superior Double: 5068 euro
2 Guests in a SeaView Superior Twin: 5316 euro, 2658 euro per person
2 Guests in a Junior Suite: 9366 euro
Bergen arrival and sailing
In the late afternoon, we will board the Havila Castor, the ship I was on in April. It is one out of 4 ships, that all offer the same itinerary and are identical.
The big terminal is easy to approach, and, like on an airport, your luggage will be checked in and brought to your cabin. After watching a safety video, you can enter the ship and go and explore. Check out your cabin, and get ready for a nice drink in the lounge to see the ship starting to sail out of Bergen. Off we are!
Read the whole itinerary, sailing schedule, cabin descriptions and all you want to know here:
The ship has made some stops during the night, but maybe you missed all that and just woke up to see the boat is still sailing. At around 9.30, the ship will stop in Alesund all day.
Here in Alesund, you have a choice of two great excursion options:
Join a cruise on a smaller boat through the Geiranger Fjord, walk up along the waterfall, and enjoy the voyage back to the ship.
Explore Alesund with a local guide, visit the Art Nouveau Museum, and climb up the stairs to the Aksla viewing point, a photo taken from the top.
We dock for the morning at Trondheim, allowing us to go and explore the city on a city walk or to join the excursion for today:
Arctic Circle crossing
Today, we will sail across the Arctic Circle, which will be celebrated on board!
A longer stop will be made in Bodo; today’s excursion is visiting the world most strongest tidal current Saltstraumen
Or, go on a walk and get some exercise
working on it
Seaview Superior Double
The type of cabin that I would like to recommend to you would be the superior seaside twin or double bed.
The picture shows the double beds, which occupy most of the cabin’s space. The second picture shows the twin beds, big enough for two to sleep in.
It leaves room for a coach, so you can sit and read a book, a desk to write your blogs and a bathroom just like the one on the IRIS, not very big, but will work for you for sure.
Seaview Superior Twin
Clever design, with shower gel and shampoo
Everything you need is there.
When basic is good enough for you: the Inside Cabin
The beds are good, there is a couch to sit on, but it has bunk beds. You can look at the bow camera on the TV, so you have a view!
the small bathroom of the Interior Cabin
All you need, in a compact design.
The more expensive cabins
Do you want to travel top-class? Let me know, and I will show you the bigger cabins, with a living area and huge bed. Even some with your own jacuzzi
An external link to video of the Superior Seaside Twin Cabin