Cruises: From Wigan to the World
Sailing is the perfect way to see the world. You can cruise to the Mediterranean, Canary Island and Scandinavia and even further afield destinations such as long duration Caribbean cruises and round the world cruises.
Deciding where to go is all about how long you want away, what your budget is and where in the world you would like to sail to. Now if a shorter cruise is in order, then there really is no better time than now to head for the winter wonderlands of Northern Europe, so why not book a cruise to the snow covered mountains of Scandinavia and the stunning Fjords of Norway?
The Norwegian Fjords were formed during the last ice age and still retain the striking beauty of the day they were created. They have some of the most fertile fishing waters in the world and the largest coral reefs. The biggest Fjord in Norway is the impressive Sognefjord, which is formed of two 1,000 metre high cliffs, which flank a 3 mile wide river that is 140 miles long. The breathtaking views of sunsets over the high cliff walls and impressive panoramic views make this a sight has to be seen to be believed.
Another Fjord well worth a visit is Geirangerfjord, which is a World Heritage Site, thanks to its wide array of wildlife and two stunning waterfalls, known as The Seven Sisters and The Bridal Veil. You can cruise past these beautiful waterfalls as they crash down into the Fjord water below.
This area is famed for its excellent fishing, which is perfect for the anglers amongst us, as well as canoeing, of the modern, or more traditional Viking style. Horse riding and rafting are also popular activities here. Your cruise agent can help you organise these excursions.
Another great experience to have in Norway is to go on a Killer whale safari. These magnificent creatures swim the fjords of arctic Norway. Every winter they show up to feed on herring which gives you a great opportunity to learn all about them and to see how playful they are while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Ice skating in Oslo city centre is one last thing not to be missed while in Norway. The Spikersuppa Skating Rink in the middle of the city centre is open every day from December right through to March. Bundle up in your warmest clothes and spend an afternoon ice-skating and enjoy the atmosphere. Food stalls sell local delicacies and hot dogs and hot chocolate to keep you warm. Your cruise operator will usually help you organise this sort of excursion.
You could alternatively choose to take in more of Scandinavia, with the famous Christmas market of Copenhagen in Denmark. Each year Tivoli Gardens in the centre of this modern European city is transformed to a magical winter market complete with Europe’s largest collection of mechanical pixies. You can take in the wondrous scenes from a cable car which travels over the ancient square.
Cruise 1st list a range of great cruise deals on their website, available with Royal Caribbean, P&O and Celebrity Cruises to name just a few. For more information, go on: http://www.cruise1st.co.uk/cruise_deals.phtml
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