Longyearbyen is the perfect place to take an expedition cruise from. Not only is it a mecca of pristine landscapes, it’s also home to native wildlife, flora, and fauna. Longyearbyen is a wonderful starting point for cruises to the Arctic, and it’s filled with tons of interesting things to do and see. For example, Longyearbyen is home to a church, a few museums, and art gallery (among more). You can also engage in dog-sledding, sightseeing tours, hiking, wine-tasting, and even fossil-hunting! Shopaholics will revel in the fact that Longyearbyen also has a great tax-free shopping scene!
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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 Longyearbyen, along with a brief description:
♦ Food & Drink
Longyearbyen is a great starting point for foodies. This port city is filled with numerous cafes, pubs, bars, and restaurants, including 2 of Norway’s most popular venues (Huset & Funktionarmessen). Enjoy a coffee and pastry while conversing with residents in a café is a great way to get to know the locals. Mahy of the restaurants in Longyearbyen serve dishes made from fresh, local produce, as well as serve locally brewed beers. You can find just about any kind of cuisine, including sushi, Thai, pizza, hamburgers, and homemade chocolates. A meal in a local pub is a great way to experience a warm welcome and a good time in Longyearbyen.
♦ Ice Caves
Longyearbyen is surrounded by glaciers, some of which contain naturally-formed ice caves! What better way to get up close and personal with the Arctic than to explore these passages? Lace up your snowshoes and join in on a tour that will provide you with all the necessary gear needed to explore Longyearbyen’s ice caves safely. Some tours even extend the option to combine dog-sledding, snowmobiling, or snowcat drives. Once inside the caves, you can take in the serene silence, beautiful icicles, and snow crystals that you won’t see anywhere else.
♦ Museums & Galleries
There are many wonderful attractions that are worth checking out before or after a cruise from Longyearbyen. If you’re looking to appreciate the arts, check out the Svalbard Art Gallery, where you can view historical artifacts, paintings, and a bunch of ever-changing exhibits that will immerse you into Arctic culture. For even more local immersion, pay a visit to Svalbard Church, where you can enjoy coffee and mingle with local residents every Tuesday (subject to change). Longyearbyen is also home to two museums (Svalbard Museum & the North Pole Expedition Museum), where you can learn about history, nature, culture, military roots, and just about anything else you can imagine.
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