Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, and affectionately known as “Gateway to the Fjords.” This tight-knit seaside town is a perfect starting point for history buffs, who are certain to appreciate its many churches, boutiques, local markets, and museums. Best of all, Bergen is an easily walkable city, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of renting a car of figuring out public transportation. Plus, its geographic location makes for long days of sunlight, meaning you can make the most out of your time there. While visiting Bergen, you might consider trying some locally caught seafood for lunch, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, reindeer!
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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 Bergen, along with a brief description:
♦ Bryggen Wharf
The Old Wharf is one of the most popular attractions in Bergen. It is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site! When you visit this area, you’ll be able to view some of the most historic buildings in town, as these were among the first to be built during the 12th century. You’ll discover a number of Bergen’s other attractions, such as the Fish Market, Bergenhus Fortress, artisan shops, local cafes, and more. It’s a great place to begin learning about local life in Bergen.
♦ Bergen Fish Market
If you’re an avid seafood fan, you’ve simply got to pay a visit to Bergen’s fish market. Located right in the harbor, it’s a great spot for people watching, as many locals try to haggle the price of goods. Aside from fish, there are also fruits and vegetables for sale. It’s a great place to enjoy a lunch of fresh-caught fish – and located right on the water, it can make for quite a romantic meal. There is also a small market located nearby where you can browse for trinkets and other souvenirs to remember your vacation by!
If you love learning, you’re in luck. Bergen is filled with multiple interesting museums! Bergen’s Art Museum is a collection of galleries where you can admire various works of art from throughout the years. Another fascinating museum to check out is the Museum of Decorative Art, which features a large display of clothing, jewelry, antiques, and more. Another interesting one is the Leprosy Museum, where you can learn the grim history of the disease and how it affected the townsfolk. The Hanseatic Museum is located near the Old Wharf and teaches guests about the lifestyle of Bergen’s Hanseatic merchants. There’s also the Bryggens Museum, where you can learn all there is to know about local archaeology.
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