"The fjordscapes of western Norway are so utterly unique and so profoundly beautiful that many people rate them as the most impressive landscapes on the planet" - Stuart Butler, Lonely Planet, April 16, 2015. ￂﾠNow THAT is high praise, worthy ofￂﾠattention, and perhaps sets unrealistic expectations. ￂﾠHowever, the more I research the Disney Cruise to Norway, I keep reading these same descriptions over and over again. ￂﾠLater this year Disney Cruise Line embarks on their first Norwegian cruise, and we will be on board to share the fun. ￂﾠContinue reading for a little of what I'm most looking forward to on this inaugural Disney Cruise to Norway, and stay tuned for live updates direct from the ship.
The "Re-Imagined" Disney Magic will depart from Copenhagen, Denmark and sail to Stavenger, ￃﾅlesund, Geirganger, and Bergen, Norway before returning to Copenhagen.ￂﾠ I admit I didn't know much about Norway other than what I've experienced in Epcot or watching Disney's FROZEN.ￂﾠ I certainly knew of the Norwegian fjords, and heard they were a sight to behold. ￂﾠHowever, the idea of visiting was not something we ever seriously considered at this stage of life. ￂﾠWhen the opportunity presented, our family jumped at the chance, and the more I research about the area the more excited I get to experience it with the family.
Our 7-night Norwegian Fjord itinerary includes visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - places designated by the United Nations as having significant natural and/or cultural heritage for humanity as a whole. ￂﾠSome of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you may have heard of include Egypt's Great Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu in Peru, and Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple. ￂﾠThe first UNESCO Site visited on this Disney Cruise isￂﾠGeirangerfjord, one of Norway's spectacular western fjords withￂﾠsheer crystalline rock walls and numerous waterfalls cascading from free-flowing rivers. ￂﾠIf the weather cooperates, we plan on fully taking in the landscape on a scenic boat tour.
The port of Bergen contains the historic harbor district of Bryggen, and the second UNESCO World Heritage Site visited on this Disney Cruise. ￂﾠThis trading center dates back to the 12th century, and wooden houses and storefronts have comprised Bryggen since the 1300's - although fire has destroyed the village numerous times. ￂﾠToday, 62 buildings remain of Bryggen's beautiful harborfront. ￂﾠOur history loving family is excited to explore the cobblestone streets, shops, and markets of Bryggen, beforeￂﾠriding the funicular to the top of MountￂﾠFlￃﾸien to take in the surrounding view.
Of course, being a Disney ship, there will also be plenty of elements from Disney's FROZEN on this Norway cruise. ￂﾠAnna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf from Disney's FROZEN will join everyoneￂﾠon board the ship in a number of ways including, turning the atrium lobby into Queen Elsa's ice palace, adding FROZEN numbers into the "Disney Dreams... An Enchanted Classic" stage show, character meet & greets, a Nordic themed dinner, and special "Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends," deck party. ￂﾠIn the port ofￂﾠￃﾅlesund, Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff, will make their very first appearance in Norway at theￂﾠSunnmￃﾸre Open Air Museum, and the FROZEN celebration will also include traditional Norwegian music, dance, and foods.
While we've traveled to Canada and the Bahamas with our two daughters, this will be our first overseas trip with the girls. ￂﾠAt 17 and 14 years old, they're certainly ready to go abroad, but there are sure to be nerves and uncertainties along the way - especially the 18 hour flight to Europe and visiting a country where none of us speak the language (we're trying to pick up a few key Norwegian phrase). ￂﾠOur family's previous experiences with Disney Cruise Line will let us know what to expect from the cruise, so we can relax and get the most out of this new adventure. ￂﾠI hope you'll follow along on our Disney Cruise to Norway adventure.
[knock knock] ♫♫ Do you wanna go to Norway? Do you want to take a cruise? We will be on a Disney ship, A family trip, Can't wait to get away! ♫♫ Do you wanna go to Norway? We're gonna cruise to Norway... ♫♫
DISCLOSURE: Adventures by Daddy was offered a media rate in order to experience this Disney Cruise to Norway. ￂﾠHowever, all opinions expressed are those of the author. This article originally appeared on AdventuresByDaddy.com.