Carol McKee

McKee Travel

14 Day Majestic Fjords & North Cape Norway with Seabourn Cruises

Aug 13, 2022 to Aug 27, 2022
Norway

Majestic Norwegian Coast & North Cape with Seabourn Cruises

 

Travel in style with Seabourn as we hop up the coast of Norway to the very top of Europe! 

As a Virtuoso client on a Seabourn cruise you will experience extra perks including a welcome cocktail party and a customizable special experience credit. This that allow to create an experience during this trip that is yours and yours alone! 

All the extras also come with onboard Virtuoso hosts Carol & Steve McKee sailing with you to make sure your journey is everything you want it to be.

 

SATURDAY Aug 13

Copenhagen Embarkation
 
5:00 pm - Central European Summer Time Embark on 14-Day North Cape & Majestic Fjords - Seabourn Ovation 
 

The Seabourn Ovation brings small ship luxury cruising up another level.  At 690 feet in length with only 266 suites - 100% of the cabins have balconies - the ship never feels crowded. Built in 2018 the ovation comes with the latest in style and convenience for it's travelers with ultra-luxury design features often found in private yachts. 

The crew to passenger ratio is nearly 1-to-1

The ship has three dining choices including Sushi and The Grill by Thomas Keller in addition to the main restaurant. You will also find several bars, complimentary fitness classes, a casino and spa to keep you busy on sea days. 

Each evening, our chefs create an array of fresh, inventive dishes from around the world, served in a relaxed setting under the stars.

Ship Information Introducing Seabourn Ovation, the sister-ship to the already prestigious Seabourn Encore. Seabourn Ovation represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched. Both ships will deliver a wealth of new concepts, a fresh vision and a host of illuminating ideas to delight the world’s most discerning travelers.

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Copenhagen
SUNDAY Aug 14 - At Sea
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Our Route Map

Western Norway has 16,524 mile of coastline. This fact means that any coastal cruise of the area comes with a few days at sea. We start out by heading north along the coast.

Seabourn strives to breakup the sea days though out the trip. These relaxing days often follow busy days in port so you will find the time to enjoy your suite, meet with fellow guest or just read a book a relaxing part of your trip.

MONDAY Aug 15

Ålesund 
10:00 am Arrive at Ålesund  
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Bright red Molja Lighthouse beckons you to explore Ålesund, the tiny seaside town along the western fjords of Norway. A popular destination for Norwegian cruises, this coastal jewel will charm you with a colorful harbor, verdant natural beauty, and fresh seafood. Head to the heart of Ålesund   to see the city’s picturesque Art Nouveau neighborhood and museum, or stroll down the coastline to frequent Ålesund  ’s best seafood restaurants and pubs. Venture just outside of Ålesund   to trek up Aksla Mountain and gain spectacular views of the glittering sea and fjords. The Byrampen Viewpoint is the best place to get the perfect snapshot of this eye-catching city!

 
11:00 pm Depart from Ålesund 
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TUESDAY Aug 16

At Sea - Heading North
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Heading north to the very top of Europe on this day at sea. Enjoy this time as you travel to your next port of call. This is an opportunity to swim, catch some sun on deck or take advantage of the many activities that are onboard your ship. Eat heartily, take a nap and get ready for the next port of call ! This is what makes cruising so great.

WEDNESDAY Aug 17

 
Loften
8:00 am Arrive at Svolvaer (Loften)
 
Huddled together in what appears to be a wall of solid rock, the Lofotens are actually several islands. Their scenery, revealed when the ice disappeared from the last Ice Age, is held to be among the most dramatic in Norway. Svolvaer, located on the island of Austvaagoey, received town status in 1996, and is the Lofotens' most important city with about 4,500 residents. Dominating the town is the mountain peak called Svolvaergeita, a beacon for climbers. Fishermen flock here when the Norwegian Arctic cod enters the Vestfjord to spawn. Artists prize the picturesque setting and extraordinary light conditions.  
 
 
 
5:00 pm Depart from Svolvaer
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THURSDAY Aug 18

Tromso
9:00 am Arrive at Tromso

Tromsø is the largest city in northern Norway and the ninth most populous municipality in the country. It surprises visitors with its sophisticated art scene, its contrasting modern and historical architecture, international cuisine, multicultural events, and festivals throughout the year.

Situated 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is within the land of the midnight sun during summer months and the elusive northern lights in winter. However, thanks to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream, the sea doesn’t freeze here in winter, and there is no permafrost in the vicinity. Tromsø is noticeably milder than other towns at the same latitudes in other parts of the world.

Tromsø is also ‘The City of Explorers’ and has seen a number of expeditions set off from its shores to the probe the polar realm. Both Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen frequently recruited men in the city. Nowadays home to the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø continues a tradition of being one of the key centers in explorations of the Arctic.

 
5:00 pm Depart from Tromso
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FRIDAY Aug 19

Storstappen Island

Storstappen Island, rising from the sea to a height of 928’ (283 m), is a valuable nature reserve supporting colonies of some 140 great cormorants, 100 European shags, 20,000 black-legged kittiwakes, 5,000 razorbills and an impressive 100,000 puffins. To be here is a truly awe-inspiring sensory experience, viewing thousands of birds flying to and fro overhead at the same time, creating an almost deafening cacophony of sound with their cries and wingbeats.

Honningsvåg

Honningsvåg is Norway’s northernmost town, and one of the smallest, with its population of 2,000 jammed into a mere one square kilometer. Devoid of permafrost, this subarctic region displays scores of colorful mountain landscapes carpeted during the summer in a lush tapestry of grasses and mountain wildflowers. In this truly unique environment, many private village gardens grow trees, despite the shortness of the Arctic summer. Honningsvåg is also the gateway to the northernmost point of continental Europe, the North Cape, or Nordkapp, often referred to as the ‘end of the world.’

SATURDAY Aug 20

At Sea - Heading South
Enjoy this day at sea as you travel to your next port of call. This is an opportunity to swim, catch some sun on deck or take advantage of the many activities that are onboard your ship. Eat heartily, take a nap and get ready for the next port of call ! This is what makes cruising so great.

SUNDAY Aug 21

At Sea
Enjoy this day at sea as you travel to your next port of call. This is an opportunity to swim, catch some sun on deck or take advantage of the many activities that are onboard your ship. Eat heartily, take a nap and get ready for the next port of call ! This is what makes cruising so great.
 

MONDAY Aug 22

Loen
8:00 am Arrive at Loen (Olden)
 
The small village of Olden is located deep in the Nordfjord, cradled in a lush valley among snowcapped peaks. It has welcomed visitors arriving by ship since the end of the 19th century, as attested by the venerable Hotel Alexandria dating from 1884. There are some very old farms around Olden, including some believed to predate the Christian era here. Less than four miles away, the village of Loen is nestled at the base of Mt. Hoven, where a newly opened Skylift cable car can carry visitors from sea level to the mountaintop at 1,011 meters in about five minutes. There, they will enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers, and the fjords, farms and villages below. A strung cable Via Ferrata invites ambitious climbers to clip on and ascend the mountain on foot. The village is the popular gateway to the sprawling Jostedalsbreen National Park, with its system of glaciers feeding waterfalls including the Ramnefjellsfossen, whose three free-falling cascades tumble nearly 2,700 feet, making it the world’s third-highest waterfall. Mt. Skala is another popular attraction, boasting twin peaks of over 7,000 feet in altitude.
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5:00 pm Depart from Loen
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TUESDAY Aug 23

Sognefjord
8:00 am Arrive at - Scenic cruising Sognefjord
Threading between the many small islands scattered across its entrance, your ship enters the King of Fjords. Winding 127 miles/205 km deep into the mountainous countryside, it is the largest and deepest of Norway’s fjords. After crossing a narrow sill of shallow water (330 ft/100 m) the bottom plunges to an average depth ten times as great. Its deepest point is 4,231 feet/1308 m below sea level, although a layer of silt blankets the fjord bottom to a depth of 660 feet/200m. The glacier-carved cliffs on either side rise another 3,300 ft/1000m, and at its furthest end, the fjord carves into a range of 6,600-ft/2000m peaks cradling the Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest glacier. Its average width is 2.8 miles/4.5 km.
 
Waterfalls tinsel down the steep walls at intervals, sparkling in the endless summer sun. Here and there, a plucky little farm clings perilously to a narrow shelf either beside the water or unbelievably perched partway up the wall, looking like child’s toy against the scale of the peaks. It is a scene that brings to mind the sonorous call of a lur – the wooden horns sounded by Vikings in these majestic fjords.
 
5:00 pm Depart from - Scenic cruising Sognefjord

WEDNESDAY Aug 24

Pulpit Rock
10:00 am Arrive at Stavanger
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The Port of Stavanger is a popular stop on the route to the Norwegian Fjords, and boasts a first-rate assortment of museums and cultural events. Old Stavanger has Europe’s best preserved wooden house settlement.

The town of Stavanger is situated along the shores of the narrow and winding Lysefjord. The natural environment here is dramatic, including the white sands of Sola Beach with its gently rolling waves. A highlight of any visit to Norway is the awe-inspiring peak of the world famous Preikestolen, or ‘Pulpit Rock,’ looming 2,000’ (604 m) directly above and overlooking the fjord. A hike to the table-top summit of the peak is rewarded by spectacularly breathtaking views all round and is truly the experience of a lifetime.

 Stavanger itself is one of the oldest cities in Norway, having a well-preserved old town, with over 170 wooden houses on winding streets creating a quaint and charming atmosphere. Stavanger Cathedral is the best-preserved medieval cathedral in Norway, dating back to the year 1125. Once declared a European Capital of Culture, Stavanger is home to a number of prominent museums including the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and the Art Museum.

One of the many activities that you can add here is a trip up to Pulpit Rock which lies on the Gandsfjord (pictured above)

 
11:00 pm Depart from Stavanger
 

THURSDAY Aug 25

Farsund
8:00 am Arrive at Farsund
Farsund is located on the Lista Peninsula in southern Norway, which is filigreed with fjords and waterways such as the Lygdalsfjorden. It is a popular attraction for vacationers for its beaches and prolific birdlife, as well as hiking trails and historic events such as the pirate festival. The Vanse Church is one of Norway’s earliest, dating from 1037. The town was also an important part of the Atlantic Wall in WWII, with bunkers and fortifications such as the Nordberg Fortress, and nearby islands used as prisons for captured Axis soldiers. The Lista Lighthouse is a popular place to watch birds and get views over the beaches.
 
5:00 pm Depart from Farsund
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FRIDAY Aug 26

Skagen, Denmark
8:00 am Arrive at Denmark

At the tip of the flat, sandy Jutland peninsula, Skagen is Denmark’s northernmost town and a popular holiday destination for Danes. It was long Denmark’s most important fishing port, but its popularity as a recreation area began at the end of the 19th Century when Queen Alexandrine, the wife of King Christian X, fell in love with the rustic character of the place and built the summer residence Klitgaarden. 

The royal couple invited other Scandinavian and European royalty to share holidays with them and Skagen’s reputation grew. At the same time, the Skagensbanen railway made travel to Jutland easier. Impressionist artists were attracted by the exotic sand- and seascapes and the vivid light reflected from the sea, and a school of Skagen Painters thrived in the first quarter of the 20th century. 

Arts and crafts still remain an important local tradition, and the town has many shops and galleries offering handmade goods to visitors. There is a venerable lighthouse near the peninsula’s tip, where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet, but due to their differing densities, their margins can clearly be seen. 

A St. Lawrence’s Church was built in Skagen in the 14th century, but it was eventually inundated by drifting sand dunes. The Skagen Church of today was built in 1841. 

Visitors today are attracted to period buildings such as the Skagen Museum, and former artists’ residences including the Anchers Hus and Drachmanns Hus. The Skagen area is also a magnet for birdwatchers, since 367 of Denmark’s 471 bird species can be seen there.

 

SATURDAY Aug 27

Copenhagen
7:00 am Disembark at Copenhagen
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Charming Copenhagen is the jewel of Denmark and a delightful stop for any traveler. Well-known as an eco-friendly haven for sustainable and green living, Copenhagen has embraced its status as the best “bike city” on earth and promoted the use of bicycles by locals and tourists. Hop on a bike, electric bus, or train to easily traverse and explore this colorful and historic city.

Copenhagen has its share of iconic landmarks and visually stunning architecture. The oft-photographed Little Mermaid sculpture, whose pensive frame overlooks the harbor, is inspired by the work of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and has come to symbolize the city. The Nyhavn canal is perhaps the most famous attraction in Copenhagen, where vibrant 18th-century townhomes in hues of red, yellow, pink, and blue line its waterfront. The splendid Tivoli Gardens are an absolute must-see; millions of visitors delight in thrilling amusement park rides and captivatingly lush gardens. Take a seat at the Tivoli Concert Hall or Glass Hall Theatre to watch operas, classical music and rock concerts, or stand-up comedy.

Sightseeing, shopping, and dining opportunities abound in any of Copenhagen’s fourteen distinct neighborhoods! Vestebro, the city’s former red-light district, is now a trendy hub for designer boutiques, authentic and Michelin-star eats, and Copenhagen’s nightlife scene. Go for a swim in the harbor baths of Islands Brygge or venture a little further from the city center to the Amager neighborhood, where you’ll find Denmark’s National Aquarium and Amager Beach, a summertime favorite. There are plenty of historic and cultural sites to pique your interest, too. Breathtaking royal dwellings like Rosenborg Castle, a Renaissance gem that houses the country’s crown jewels, and Amalienborg Palace, the queen’s rococo-style abode and a vast royal museum, beckon you to revel in the enchanting world of vintage Copenhagen. The city’s Round Tower, a 17th-century observatory tower, provides spectacular views of the city and informative exhibitions on Danish art and science.

There is so much to discover and savor in Copenhagen, Denmark!

Included In Your Reservation: $750 Shipboard Credit per Cabin* 

*Promo Shipboard Credit Valid as of 9/23/2021 but could be withdrawn at any time
 
Shipboard Credit (In US Dollars)
Shipboard credit can be used toward upgraded wine packages, shore excursions, spa services and shopping. Amounts vary and restrictions apply, please see terms & conditions for complete details.

What's not included:

  1. Travel insurance (please accept or decline below)
  2. Airfare to Copenhagen
 

 
Cancellation policy:
 
Days Prior to Departure Cancellation Fee  
120-91 days 15% of full fare  
90-46 days 50% of full fare  
45-31 days 75% of full fare  
30 days or less, or non-appearance 100% of full fare
 

Available Packages

Veranda Suite
Available until May 1, 2022

$10,499.00
Deposit: $2,536.00

Price is per person double occupancy
 
Does Not  Include Taxes and Port fees of $710 

Penthouse Spa Suite
Available until May 1, 2022

$21,144.00
Deposit: $5,286.00

Price is per person double occupancy
 
Does Not  Include Taxes and Port fees of $710