Oslo is a unique port city that has a little something for everybody. Despite being one of the largest capital cities in Norway, it is less crowded than nearby port cities. The cruise ship docks are conveniently located close to the downtown area, making Oslo a very walkable city for those visiting by ship. When visiting Oslo, you can expect lots of fresh seafood, local brews, unique souvenirs (think wool sweaters and troll figurines), plus many opportunities to surround yourself in the region’s pristine environment! Oslo has a number of parks, lakes, fjords, museums, galleries, cafes, and plenty of excursions for active adventurers!
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Oslo, along with a brief description:
♦ Harbor Promenade
The Waterfront is one of Oslo’s most popular attractions. Like any typical waterfront area, this is where you can come to truly get a taste of local life. You’ll likely run into street performers, cafes, and plenty of unique shopping opportunities. Plus, the waterfront area is home to a number of newer landmarks, including the Oslo Opera House and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art! The beautiful City Hall, while not a newer landmark, is also located in this area.
Oslo is bursting with incredible museums! Whether you’re looking to admire art, learn about maritime history, or just see some mind-blowing exhibits, In addition to the Museum of Modern Art (mentioned above), you can also check out the Kon-Tiki Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Gram Museum, Norwegian Folk Museum, and Munch Museum (a must-visit for fans of artist Edvard Munch).
♦ Vigeland Sculpture Park
Located within Frogner Park, the Vigeland Sculpture Park contains over 200 sculptures by artist Gustav Vigeland (who also helped design the park). On a nice day, it’s a wonderful way to take in some of the most thought-provoking works in the world! Frogner Park is also home to some 18th century buildings, including the Frogner Manor. Featuring free admission, a visit to this park is a great way to spend a nice day outside in Oslo!
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