My First Time in Norway: Cruising the Norwegian Fjords!

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For my 25th Birthday I was in search of a new and exciting destination to travel to. I was looking for somewhere I could go with my mum to celebrate in style, so with the flip of a coin we chose to visit Norway. Living in Australia there isn’t really anywhere we could have chosen that was further away, so we wanted to make sure that when we arrived we could kick back, relax, and leave the hard work of planning and putting in to action a trip to someone else. Thus it was decided: we would venture into the Norwegian Fjords on an 8-night cruise, exploring and adventuring throughout the day and relaxing and over-indulging through the night. Talk about striking a balance!

One day in Stavanger Norway | World of Wanderlust

Cruising with Celebrity

I took my first cruise over a year ago and believe me when I say I was the most shocked out of all of us that I had such a good time. Many moons ago cruising was a luxurious form of travel reserved for only the most affluent of guests, but cruising as we know it today invites any and all on board to travel the world in style, sophistication and with a superb range of benefits.

To those who haven’t cruised before, when you book a cruise you pay an all-inclusive price that covers your accommodation on board, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), entertainment on board (nightly theatre shows and live music), and transport to and from each port. With all of this included in to one packaged price, I was surprised to learn that cruising then becomes a reasonably affordable way to travel, that allows you to fall asleep in one city and wake up in the next (thus cutting out those long travel days and giving you more time to explore each destination!)

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords | World of Wanderlust

The Itinerary: 8 Nights in the Norwegian Fjords

Our cruise to Norway began in Southhampton, England, which gave me an excuse (I’ll take any!) to visit London and show my mum around one of my all-time favourite cities. From London we caught the 1.5 hour train to Southhampton, boarded the ship and off we went!

The first and final nights of the cruise were spent at sea, travelling to and from Norway. This gave us a great chance to kick the jet lag and adopt our new time zone as swiftly as possible, so that when we arrived in Norway we were off and ready to hit the ground running!

The first port of call for the cruise was Bergen, the second largest city in Norway and known to most as the gateway to the fjords.

Our second port of call was the small village of Flåm, a small but charming village and our first insight into life inside the fjords.

The following day we arrived in Geiranger, another small village but full of breathtaking views and hikes to capture this narrow fjord, highly regarded as one of the most beautiful in all of Norway.

Heading out of the fjords and back toward the coast, we then stopped at Ålesund, with incredible city views and charming Art Nouveau architecture.

And for our final stop of the cruise we arrived in Stavanger, Norway’s third largest city with intricate alleyways and small streets to wander.

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Life On Board

Every person who has ever cruised before will know that there are two trips when you take a cruise: one on land and one on board. While you spend your days exploring on foot, you spend your mornings, evenings and days at sea indulging in the easy breezy life at sea.

The best part of cruising for me is the ease of travel – there’s just one check in and check out for the duration of your holiday, you do your travelling overnight whilst sleeping (thus having more time to explore when you arrive), and you sleep in the same bed every night, yet wake up in a new city. Bliss!

The on board offerings were almost always too tempting to resist: a delicious buffet of every breakfast item you could imagine, a continued all-day buffet, and a three-course meal every evening with a set dinner reservation. Each night the menu would change and we would taste flavours from all over the world, chatting with fellow cruisers and our wait staff who were also from all corners of the globe.

The entertainment on board was surprisingly my favourite highlight and especially worth mentioning for the talent alone. Each night we were treated to an evening performance, either by a special fly-in act or a cast ensemble who performed live theatre. It was the latter that I found most enjoyable, with many of the cast being Broadway-quality performers (and for those of you who have been reading my blog a while, you’ll know I have seen loads of shows!).

For one of our days at sea, I treated my mum and I to a day at the spa for manicures. We sat there giggling and talking about how we could get used to being pampered and so well looked after on holiday. As someone who is used to overnight train journeys, googling where to eat vegetarian food in a new city and living out of a suitcase, it was an uber indulgence to travel with Celebrity Cruises and spend my birthday trip actually on holiday!

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I travelled to Norway as a guest of Celebrity Cruises, who I cannot thank enough for making my 25th birthday such a memorable one!

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    October 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Amazing post! Loving the photos! Adding Norway to the bucket list!

    The Common Wanderer
    October 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Oh. My. God.

    This is the one time we would want to go on a cruise – those views look unbelievable.

    • Brooke Saward
      October 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      It was one of the best things I’ve ever done – sooooo beautiful!!!

    Roy@ iOS 11
    October 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks a lot for the lovely article. I really appreciate the hard work you put in it.

    Rafiqua Israel
    October 17, 2016 at 2:25 am

    This sounds amazing. I need to give cruising a shot!

    india paine
    October 14, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Wow amazing photos! Norway is such an amazing place, and you’ve really captured it! Love you writing. Hope you had a brilliant time in Norway

    Chirasree Banerjee
    October 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I didn’t know about this cruise when I visited Norway before. Next time I visit Norway, I am going to indulge in this luxury. Thanks!

    October 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    wow very nice place, i hope i will go norway next month, thank for share

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    October 4, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Sounds as if you and your mum had a really great time there. This journey still remains on our bucket-list but we’re really sure that we’ll go there sooner than later! Looks so incredible beautfiul!!
    xox Anna & Vanessa

    Ps: and a very happy (belated) birthday! All the best for you Brooke <3

    October 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Nice and it is getting more reader’s reviews and opinion

    Heather Ditmars
    October 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    That looks incredible!!

    Pedro @travelwithpedro
    October 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    What a great way to explore the Norwegian fjords! I was there recently, travelling the same way, on a cruise ship, but with a slightly different itinerary. Flam was definitely one of the highlights. What a cute little town!

    Frashen Travel Tips
    September 29, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Great photos and experience! I really enjoyed Northern Norway and think more people should visit, but in Summer time 🙂

    September 29, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! I would love to do a cruise

    September 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Really this information was helpful. I will share this to my social media account. Thanks for sharing.

    Jonathan Beal
    September 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Having been in Asia for 9 months I’ve been craving coming back to Europe for a bit. This definitely ramps that up for me! Norway is a country I’d love to visit! And cruises I’ve always loved!

    September 29, 2016 at 1:17 am

    This looks stunning! Such a beautiful way to celebrate your 25th. I’ve heard a lot about how amazing Norway is, but also that it’s quite expensive, so I guess a cruise would be the best way to do it. Also I love the idea of going to bed in one place and waking up somewhere else. Might have to add a Norweigian cruise to my bucket list!

    September 28, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    This trip just looks like a dream! I know your cruise included buffets galore, but did you get a chance to try out the local food?

    September 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed a visit to Norway and my village; Flåm! Heading over to read the post on which activities you tried while here 🙂

    Amelia Larsen
    September 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    My family is Norweigan and I’ve always wanted to make the trip myself, no this post has made me want to even more!
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    September 28, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Norway looks beautiful! Not sure I’ll be able to get on a cruise again after having a bad experience the first time but your photos are making me reconsider

    September 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm


    Amber Renee
    September 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    What amazing photos. As always!

    Never stop keeping up the fabulous work and inspiration B!

    Amber Renee

    September 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous as always! I noticed that one of the pictures were from a very high angle and I was wondering if you used a drone to take it:)

    Marie @ To Europe And Beyond
    September 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    It looks like an amazing experience! Great ship for great sights.

    Tosh Bene
    September 28, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Girl, this is a GREAT review!! Love it so much! Norway is the greatest. Next time I go, I hope to visit the Lofoten Islands, or hike to Trolltunga! That’s about an 11 hour hike. LOL The views are worth it though, they look stunning! I’m actually in the midst of blogging about my Norwegian travels as well. Take a look if you please 🙂

    Much love from Toronto!! xo

    September 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Stunning photos! You make me want to cruise Norway!