NEW YORK -- Norwegian Coastal Voyage is adding one of Norway's most
popular fjords to its northbound sailings as one of several product
The company's 11 ships serve as passenger and cargo vessels,
calling at 34 ports for sightseeing and the transfer of goods.
The standard full trip runs seven days northbound, six days
southbound or 12 days roundtrip from Bergen or Kirkenes. The new
stop, at Geirangerfjord, features numerous waterfalls, mountains
and cliffs and a few villages. Passengers can tour the region
during excursions on the second day of the cruise.
The northbound voyage begins in Bergen, the country's 13th
century capital. The cruise leaves in the evening. April through
September, passengers will wake up at Geirangerfjord.
Off-season stops during the second day are spent walking around
the art nouveau town of Alesund, the jazz festival town of Molde
and 17th century port city of Kristiansund.
The following day brings a visit to the medieval city of
Trondheim and a voyage to Rorvik, passing many islands .
After crossing the Arctic Circle, the ship will follow the
Borvass Mountains to Bodo, which was rebuilt in the 1950s after
World War II.
The ship will head toward the Lofoten Islands, stopping at the
fishing village Stamsund and the islands' modern city Svolvaer.
Morning stops are brief at three towns; there is an extended stop
in Tromso for sightseeing and shopping in the Norwegian Arctic
The next day's cruise will start in Hammerfest. The final leg of
the northern trip is in the Finnmark region, which harbors a
dramatic landscape and a mix of abandoned and thriving fishing
The ship then turns around for the southbound voyage, which
makes day visits to ports that were passed at night on the northern
The sites for the southbound or roundtrip passengers include the
Troll Fjord, Vardo, Hammerfest, Tromso, the Lofoten Islands, Vest
Fjord, Ornes, Bronnoysund, the Raftsund Strait, the Seven Sisters
Mountains, Trondheim, Kristiansund, Molde, Torvik and Sogne
Cruise costs begin at $610 per person, double, for the
southbound voyage, $720 northbound and $1,105 roundtrip.
Norwegian Coastal Voyage also has beefed up its selection of
air/sea programs as well as pre- and post-tour options including
other Scandinavian countries.
Programs include an 11-day Highlights of Norway package,
featuring the northbound voyage, two nights in Oslo (one pre- and
one post-cruise), a train journey from Oslo to Bergen through the
fjordlands, and one night in Bergen. Prices start from $2,090.
A new History and Culture itinerary also has been planned, with
activities included on a 12-day cruise in April.
Norwegian Coastal Voyage is the division of Bergen Line Services
that operates year-round cruises along 1,250 miles of Norway's
The firm's preferred agents earn 12% commissions on individual
bookings; 18% for groups.
The line changed its logo and U.S. market name last September to
more directly identify the main product, a spokeswoman said.
The Bergen Line name will continue to reflect the company's U.S.
representation of Silja Line, a short cruise operator running on
the Baltic Sea.
Other efforts by the line include an updated Web site intended
to act as an electronic brochure and a new marketing video.
Norwegian Coastal Voyage
Phone: (800) 323-7436