Strong Dollar Triggers 13% Drop in Norwedian Ship Tariffs

NEW YORK -- The strong value of the dollar has resulted in a 13% average decrease in this year's Norwegian Coastal Voyage tariffs.

Eleven cargo ships, which double as passenger vessels, travel the coastal route between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north year-round.

The ships call at 34 ports, sometimes stopping only long enough to pick up cargo, at other times for several hours, allowing ample time for sightseeing.

All ships have a lounge, dining room, 24-hour cafeteria, souvenir and sundries shop and, on the newer vessels, children's playrooms, conference facilities and cabins equipped for passengers with disabilities.

Fares for outside cabins through September range from $941 to $1,559, double, for a six-night northbound voyage from Bergen; from $797 to $1,320 for the five-night southbound voyage from Kirkenes, and from $1,445 to $1,985 for an 11-night roundtrip voyage.

Fares include three meals daily and all port taxes.

All prices are per person, double.

For information and reservations, contact Bergen Line at (212) 319-1300.

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