By J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern
If you love cruising Disney style, and the Norwegian Fjords is on your bucket list, then you’re in luck. Reservations just opened up for Disney Cruise Line’s new northern Europe itineraries for Summer 2015. And, did you know that the Norwegian fjords served as the inspiration and backdrop for Disney’s blockbuster animated film “Frozen”?
You can be among the first to explore the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands aboard a Disney ship. Also, Disney Cruise Line is returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries, including sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia.
We recently had the opportunity to cruise through the amazing fjords, so we can testify that this is a very special destination, and of course, cruising with Disney is always special. (Check out a few of our Disney cruise stories in the Related Articles section at the end of this posting. Also see some of our Norway Fjords photos in the slideshow.)
Seven- and nine-night fjords sailings depart from Copenhagen, and visit ports steeped in Viking history. An 11-night sailing on the Disney Magic takes guests to Iceland and the Faroe Islands for the very first time. You’ll sail amid amazing scenery from magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers, steaming geysers and majestic fjords. The enchanting Scandinavian culture of the region comes to life through local attractions, stunning architecture, storybook villages and historic city centers.
Cruise Ports, Departures
• Ports for the seven-night trip are Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen, Norway. Departure is June 6, 2015.
• Ports for the nine-night cruise include Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway. Departure is June 20, 2015.
• Ports for the 11-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland cruise include Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger Norway; Akureyri and Reykjavik (overnight), Iceland; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Dover, England. This cruise departs June 29, 2015.
Ice Age Creations
Today’s visitors to Norway generally cite the fjords at the top of their list of sites to see, and cruising is an efficient and fabulous way to see these marvels of nature. Roads are scarce (and often shut down in the winter) along much of the rugged coastline, so ships historically have supplied towns and transported people. Now, cruise ships bring visitors to see the fjords and the accompanying mountains and waterfalls.
Fjord, in its basic meaning is "where one fares through." It has the same origin as the word "fare" (for travel) and the noun "ferry." It derived, we learned, from a pre-historic word meaning “pass,” which we became evident as we sailed these bodies of water with mountains and craggy terrain on both sides of our ship. The fjord’s opening to the sea is called its mouth. What sets a fjord apart from other bodies of water is its shape and what surrounds it. A fjord, often a great natural harbor, is longer than it is wide; if the opposite occurs, it’s then called a cove or a bay instead.
The fjords’ existence can be traced to a succession of ice ages that covered Northern Europe. Over thousands of years, massive sheets of ice carved our huge valleys, and subsequent wind, rain, and wave erosion combined with geological shifts in rock to further define the fjords. The sight of them instills awe and respect for what nature can do.
Norway has impressive fjord bragging rights: Two of the three longest fjords in the world are found here, Sognefjord at 203 km (126 miles) and Hardangerfjord at 179 km (111 miles). The No. 1 spot, though, belongs to Greenland.
For more on the fjords and other Summer 2015 sailings you can book now, view this video clip hosted by Disney Magic Cruise Director Brent Davies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEyA4J-xmD8&feature=youtu.be.
If You’re Going: Rates start at $1,561 per person for seven-night cruises, $2,133 per person for nine-night cruises and $2,453 per person for 11-night Norwegian fjords cruises for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
In addition to Norway and northern Europe, DCL cruises to the Mediterranean, Alaska, Caribbean and Bahamas also are included in the summer 2015 lineup. Visit http://www.disneycruise.com to find out more or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact your travel agent. The direct link to the Norwegian Fjords reservations page is http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/reservations/customize?execution=e1s3.
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Luxury Travel Examiner Kathy M. Newbern and spouse, J.S. Fletcher, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.