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My travels in Europe:
Norwegian cruise to the fjords


One week on the North Sea and Norwegian fjords, part 1:

  1. Day 1 - 2: Norway cruise: Copenhagen departure, ship Costa Mediterranea*
  2. Day 3: Norway cruise: Flåm
  3. Day 4: Norway cruise: Hellesylt and Geiranger
  4. Day 5: Norway cruise: Bergen
  5. Day 6: Norway cruise: Stavanger
  6. Day 7: Norway cruise: Oslo

Introduction:

I had always want to go to the Norwegian fjords and always thought that must be done by car. My girlfriend got me to think in other way, she had found a cruising to the Norwegian fjords by an Italian cruiser company. Long time ago I was to Trondheim in Norway, and that was a very long way to drive by car for just to visit one place. The Norwegian roads do not go straight, they have lots of curves around the fjords! So maybe a cruise is not that bad idea. We booked our tickets in 2009.

The cruise start in Denmark at the port of Copenhagen. We live in Stockholm and the only way to come down on the right day was to go by bus. It took 9 hours! But it was not that hard, the bus was very comfortable and we could also sleep for a while. After we had walked 4 hours in Copenhagen we enter the ship and here our story starts.

Map of cruise day 1, Port of Copenhagen and the cruiser Costa Mediterranea:

Port of Copenhagen:

The ship wait for us at the port of Copenhagen. Much more luxury than the ships we had cruised with from Stockholm to Balticum.

Ship Costa Mediterranea:

This first day is about the ship that we investigate what we can find here. The cruiser is an Italian and has the name Costa Mediterranea. It's not built in Italy, it's built in Helsinki, Finland by Kvaerner MasaYards.

Length 292 meters, 2680 passengers, 900 crews, built 2003, 12 decks.

Follow us here when we walk around the ship.

Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

First we took a walk on the upper deck and we find pools, yes everywhere.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

At the aft there is a bar and restaurant. There are at least one restaurant open 24/7 and food are included, breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if that's not enough you can go and eat even more for free. What you must pay extra for is the vine, beer and other drinks. We bought a bag with five vine bottles and five water bottles, that was more than enough for us.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

We start with a sunny day, the view over the port is outstanding.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

A real ship must have chimneys, but only one here, the famous Titanic had four.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

Port of Copenhagen.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

The engines have started and we are leaving the dock.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

Waving as goodbye!

Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

A pilot boat, or?


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Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

Part of the old defense of Copenhagen.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

Big windows let us have a good view.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

No one can miss that this is an Italian designed cruiser.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

9 pm, we are waiting for our first dinner onboard. Sorry to say, I have forgotten what we got to dinner, but I remember it was very delicious. After the dinner we went for a classical concert, Duo Strauss.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

The crew prepare to serve us the lunch.


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Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

A glass roof let the light come in.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

Time for lunch, we got company from two Italian ladies at our table. We can only speak Swedish and English, they could only speak Italian. Maybe we understood a bit but we like to join company with people from other countries, they have always something interesting to say.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


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Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

The dinning room, big and divided on two floors.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

We are lucky because we have this shinny weather today, normally there is a lot of rain in Norway.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

This is our cabin. We didn't stay very much here, it was so much interesting to do both under daytime and evening.


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Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

4 pm, we had a life boat drill.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

A welcome drink to be served.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

The Captain Claudio De Fenza and his crew welcome us. At this theatre we spend a lot of time in the evening and night. The shows were very entertaining.

Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

What do we do now? More eating!


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea

The schedule say that we are going to pass the Lista Lighthouse. Maybe that is what we see here, bit it looks a bit to small.


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


Port of Copenhagen: Cruiser Costa Mediterranea


To the second part of our Norwegian cruise, Flåm

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