Tromso (also known as “The Gateway to the Arctic”) is one of the largest port cities in Norway. Some refer to Tromso as the world’s Northern Lights Capital, which is very fitting as it is one of the best vantage points for witnessing the natural phenomenon that Norway is so famous for. Aside from the natural draw of the Aurora Borealis, Tromso is a great destination for cultural activities and outdoor adventures. Despite being a larger port city, Tromso has an excellent public bus system that can shuttle you around all of its best highlights for a reasonable price. Many of its downtown attractions are easily walkable if you’re only planning to visit the city center.
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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.
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).
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.
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 Tromso, along with a brief description:
♦ Tromso Science Center and Planetarium
If you are fascinated by science, then you certainly don’t want to pass up the opportunity to visit the Tromso Science Center! This incredible center for scientific research is located on the campus of Norway’s Arctic University and features a planetarium show where you can learn more about the northern lights and outer space exploration. Some of the exhibits are focused on nature, climate, and even the human body. If you’re traveling with children, they can participate in the center’s SKILLS Lab, where kids between 10 and 13 can partake in some fun hands-on activities. Plus, Arctic University has an amazing botanical garden located on its grounds, meaning you can make a whole day of this activity!
♦ Arctic Cathedral
The Arctic Cathedral of Tromso is another popular attraction among tourists (and is even part of an excursion during select Hurtigruten itineraries). This church is so large that you can view it all the way from the Tromso Bridge! Its glass façade and mosaic, along with wooden pews, unique organ, and giant chandeliers, make it an interesting piece of architecture. Whether you visit by day or night (it’s even more beautiful when all lit up), you certainly won’t be disappointed by this beautiful landmark.
♦ Northern Lights/Midnight Sun
Since Tromso is known as the Northern Lights Capital, it only makes sense that the Northern Lights are one of its highlighted attractions! Your best chance of witnessing this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon is between September and April (specifically between mid-November to mid-January). However, if you’re not sailing between those months, you’ve got the chance to experience the Midnight Sun! Between May and July, Tromso is covered in seemingly unending sunlight, which is an incredible phenomenon in itself! (It’s also a great time to visit if you want to get in as much as possible during your time there).
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