Norwegian Fjords with National Day in Oslo

12th May 2020 11 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2013
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,499 per person

An immersive voyage of Norwegian discovery, this eleven-night cruise will provide a plethora of very special experiences you’ll remember for years to come. There’s scenic cruising of beautiful fjords; time ashore to explore a collection of attraction-packed destinations; and even an unmissable opportunity to absorb the colourful atmosphere of Norwegian National Day in Oslo.

Stopping overnight in Oslo to celebrate Norway’s independence alongside the capital city’s proud, friendly locals is sure to be top-of-the-list of highlights packed into your holiday. [ReadMoreMob]You’ll have ample time to take in the various events and activities taking place around the city. See the parades and processions of people dressed in their finest, traditional ‘Bunad’ clothing; look out for the Royal Family waving to the crowds at the Royal Palace; enjoy performances of national music and dance; and more. You may be tempted to feast on hot dogs and ice cream – the traditional Norwegian National Day treats – too. Your journey into Oslo will be just as memorable as your time in the city, with Black Watch guiding you on a momentous sailing of the picturesque Oslofjord and past the Olsen family home in Hvitsen en route. [ReadMoreDesk]

Elsewhere, there’s also a call at Kristiansand, one of Southern Norway’s most beautiful towns. Sailing into port here, through a network of rocky islands and islets, is a highlight in itself; while ashore there’s plenty to discover, including the 17th century houses of Posebyen and the perfectly-preserved Christiansholm Fortress. Aboard your smaller ship, you can experience the scenic wonders of Karmsund and Akrafjord, and witness the might of the Langfoss Waterfall at its strongest point during the spring, before arriving in Stavanger. Visiting the former ‘European Capital of Culture’ affords an opportunity to uncover the city’s diverse attractions, from the historic Gamla Stavanger district and the Canning Museum to Norway’s fourth largest shopping mall. Finally, it’s on to Bergen, perfect for a relaxing and rewarding end to your special Norwegian adventure. Perhaps amble through the city’s UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf; stop-by the Troldhaugen Museum, at Edvard Grieg’s former home; and catch the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.