NCV adds Geirangerfjord to Norway coastal voyage

NEW YORK -- Norwegian Coastal Voyage is adding one of Norway's most popular fjords to its northbound sailings as one of several product enhancements.

The Geirangerfjord is a new highlight of Norwegian Coastal Voyage's northbound coastal itinerary. 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 capital.

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 stations.

The ship then turns around for the southbound voyage, which makes day visits to ports that were passed at night on the northern trek.

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 Fjord.

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 lectures and

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 western coastline.

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
Web: www.coastalvoyage.com

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