Norway's Midnight Sun

Marella Explorer

Norway's Midnight Sun Overview

Departs: 9 June 2019

13  Nights All Inclusive

Sailing from Newcastle aboard Marella Explorer

What's included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Drinks package
  • Gratuities
  • Flights, cruise & airport to port transfers
  • Baggage Allowance

Ports of call

Newcastle • Bergen, Norway • Olden, Norway • Molde, Norway • Honningsvag, Norway • Alta, Norway • Tromso, Norway • Bodo, Norway • Flam, Norway - Newcastle

 

 

Day 1

Newcastle

If culture-packed cities and dramatic scenery are your holiday must-haves, our cruises from Newcastle fit the brief. You’ll get to hop between Medieval old towns on our Baltic itineraries, which take in destinations like Tallinn, Riga and Helsinki. Alternatively, some of our holidays from Newcastle zero in on Norway, ranging from 7-day taster cruises to 14-nighters.

 

Day 2

At Sea

Day 3

Bergen, Norway

Bergen is famous for being the birthplace of the great Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. With its brightly-coloured houses and maze-like cobbled streets, one thing’s for sure, this city was made for strolling.

• Don’t miss one of Bergen’s main attractions, Troldhaugen, Grieg’s home. Beautifully set on Lake Nordaas, the Swiss-style house was built back in 1885. Every summer from then until his death in 1907, Edvard Grieg lived and worked here. As well as the house itself, you can visit the Edvard Grieg Museum. There’s even a concert hall where you can listen to some of his finest work.
• Scale the heights of Mount Floyen to see the city from a different perspective. The higher you get, the more jaw-dropping the views, so banish all thoughts of vertigo and reach the top.
• Take a walk down to the old harbour where you’ll find the famous Bryggen quayside, bordered by impressive merchant houses. Take your pick from the waterfront cafés and tuck into a tasty fish lunch.

Day 4

Olden, Norway

 

This sleepy hamlet sprang into life in the 18th Century. Today, it's best known as the gateway to the gleaming Briksdalsbreen Glacier, one of Norway's 'must see' sights.

• Gaze in wonder at the million-year-old glacier. Walk along a weaving path skirting gushing waterfalls. Nothing can prepare you for the awesome sight ahead of you - the glacier is a shimmering mass of blue ice that'll leave you lost for words.
• Uncover the secret of Olden Lake’s looks. This huge body of water is known as Norway’s most beautiful lake and its unique green appearance has something to do with a substance called ‘glacier milk’.

Day 5

Molde, Norway

Known as the Town of Roses, Molde is tucked away in one of the rugged pockets of Norway’s famous fjords. You might catch your reflection in a mirrored 16-storey hotel on the waterfront, and if you turn the other way you’ll see snow-capped mountains across the strait. The city centre boasts a cosmopolitan blend of cafes and boutiques, but the most talked-about spots are in the hills surrounding Molde. A 10-minute drive will get you to Varden, a beauty spot where the panoramic views are the stuff of Instagram dreams.

• Fresh fish is one of Molde’s foodie highlights. Saltwater fishermen haul in nets brimming with cod, pollock and mackerel. They all make the menu at the city’s best seafood restaurants, along with salmon and trout hooked from the region’s rivers.
• Moldejazz attracts more than 100,000 music fans every July, and holds a place among the longest-running festivals in Europe. It was started in 1961 by a local jazz club, and has evolved into a week-long party featuring the likes of the legendary Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
• The Romsdal Museum is one of the biggest of its kind in Norway. Work started in 1912, with more than 50 buildings from across the region painstakingly moved here to create a traditional village set-up. There are open-hearth houses and a chapel, plus a main street with an authentic Norwegian smokehouse.

 

Day 6

At Sea

Days 7

Honningsvaag, Norway

The village of Honningsvag is tucked deep inside the Arctic Circle, on the island of Mageroya. It’s the most northerly point in Europe, and your gateway to the Northern Cape – a chunk of land that juts out into the sea. Guarded by the eerie Midnight Sun that floats overhead, it’s Norway’s most soul-stirring attraction.

• Stand on the 1,000 foot high cliffs at the Northern Cape to see what many have written about but few have seen – the Midnight Sun. Hanging above the Arctic Ocean, the sun casts its ever-present glow. It's a sight you'll never forget.
• Climb aboard a deep-sea raft and play fisherman for a few hours. The King Crab is one of Norway’s most famous exports, and you can head out into the deep blue to help reel in the daily catch. Afterwards, you’ll get to prepare and taste the delicious crab meat for yourself.  

Day 8

Alta, Norway

Alta’s the biggest town in Norway’s north. As such, it’s billed as one of the best places to hunt for the Northern Lights. In fact, that’s what inspired the town’s spiralled cathedral, which looks even more impressive when the swirling Aurora Borealis fill the sky. But there are plenty of other things going on, too, including a UNESCO-listed museum, a salmon-filled canyon and a fancy ice hotel.

  • Don’t miss Alta Museum. This World Heritage Site is home to tonnes of rock carvings, dating back to 4,200 BC – proving that humans did venture this far north in prehistoric times.
  • Check out the Northern Lights Cathedral. If the lights don’t show outside, this place has an interactive exhibition devoted to the elusive Aurora Borealis.
  • Hike around Northern Europe’s biggest canyon, just outside of town. This is real back-to-nature stuff, so you’re likely to pass waterfalls, reindeer and leaping salmon

 

Day 9

Tromso, Norway

The biggest city above the Arctic Circle, Tromso's been the starting point for countless polar expeditions. Norwegians call it the Paris of the North, and one thing's for sure - it's a city to fall in love with.

• Don't miss the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral, which glistens in the haunting glow of the ever-present Midnight Sun
• Call in at Tromso Museum, home to the world's largest exhibition on the traditional Sami culture as well as some great examples of religious art.
• Fancy a meal 1,300 feet about sea level? Then take the cable car to Mount Storsteinen and drink in sensational panoramic views while you tuck into a tasty meal.
• Meeting the Sørensen family is no easy feat. Mum Tore, dad Tove, and their three children live at the Wilderness Centre on Whale Island, along with 300 huskies. The family race the fluffy dogs all around Greenland and they’ve got books full of stories to tell.  

Day 10

Bodo, Norway

 

You’ll find Bodo just north of the Arctic Circle, perched on a peninsula with a backdrop of rocky peaks and dramatic fjords that make it incredibly easy on the eye. Known as the Sea Eagle Capital, it has the largest population of white-tailed eagles in Europe. And, during summer, it conjures a little bit of magic in the form of a midnight sun, which bathes the city in daylight around the clock.

  • Hop in a speedboat and head out to see the natural phenomenon of the world’s strongest whirlpool. It’s known as Salstraumen, and in this 150-metre-wide passage the sea travels at a white-knuckle 40 kilometres per hour.
  • Splash the cash in Glasshuset, a glass-roofed pedestrian shopping area in the city centre. It’s a great place to hunt for souvenirs or give your wardrobe a Nordic twist. Or there’s City Nord, the largest shopping centre in the region, just a five-minute drive away.
  • Visit the Bodo Cathedral. The original building was destroyed during the Second World War, and so in 1946, a competition was held to decide who would design its replacement. A decade later, the huge new cathedral was unveiled, featuring a staggering 12-metre-high stained-glass window.

Day 11

At Sea

Day 12

Flam, Norway

In Norwegian, the word Flam translates as ‘little place between steep mountains’. And, although that description hits the nail on the head, it fails to really conjure up the incredible scale of the place. Flam is cradled in a deep tributary of the Sognefjord which, at 204 kilometres long and 1308 deep, is the world’s longest and deepest fjord. Surrounded by towering cliff faces, the rustic wooden lodges of Flam’s town centre look like miniature models, which adds to the charm when you’re walking around.

• Ride on the world’s steepest railway. The Flamsbana travels to 865 metres above sea level and the line is made up of a series of sharp bends and cliff-edge tunnels. The journey may seem white-knuckle, but the railway has been running safely since the Forties.
• Adventure into the White Caves of Gudvangen. This underground labyrinth is made all the more spectacular with light shows and a soundtrack of classical music.
• Sip your way through a frothy cappuccino from the coffee shop of the Stalheim Hotel. This historic building is perched at the top of the Naeroy Valley, and the views are jaw-dropping.

Day 13

At Sea

Day 14

Newcastle

 

Welcome aboard Marella Explorer

At a glance....

  • 10 Restaurants
  • 10 Bars
  • Indoor cinema
  • Sport & family deck
  • Casino
  • 1 Swimming pool
  • 3 Whirl Pools

IMarella Explorer is stepping up to the plate, with more facilities than any of the other ships. This includes a bumper 10 restaurants and 10 bars, as well as an indoor cinema and a Sport & Family Deck. You can expect fleet favourites like Snack Shack and Kora La, plus brand new spaces like Indigo – a swanky bar, club and casino.

Dining - Marella Explorer’s dining scene is worth shouting about. On top of a load of new waiter service restaurants and an around-the-world buffet, you’ve got speciality places like Surf & Turf, Umi Sushi and an experimental eatery

  • Latitude 53: The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • The Dining Club: This fine dining restaurant was made for foodies. You’ll be treated to experimental cuisine, making it the ideal spot for an extra special evening. There’s a charge to dine here.
  • Umi Sushi: Sushi, sashimi and nigiri rolls are prepared right in front of your eyes at this brand-new eatery. It’s open for dinner only, and costs a little extra.
  • The Market Place: You can watch the chefs whip up dishes from around the world at this buffet restaurant. It’s made up of lots of different food stalls, hence its name, the Market Place.
  • Snack Shack: Food stalls, beach huts and oversized deckchairs set the scene at this laidback eatery. As such, you can look forward to grab ‘n’ go breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
  • Vista: You’ll find Vista on the first floor of Latitude 53. Come evening, it transforms into a contemporary Italian restaurant. It's similar to Gallery 47° on Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2.
  • Kora La: You’ll feel like you’ve switched continents when you dine at this restaurant. Oriental-style lanterns and paintings are paired with a pan-Asian menu of curries and noodle dishes. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat here.

Entertainment, Bars & Lounges

  • The Lounge: A colour-changing feature bar, hot-pink piano and funky, ring-shaped seats take their place in this eye-catching lounge bar. You can admire the views, while listening to the soothing soundtrack of the live pianist.
  • 53: The clue’s in the name here. This bar is right next to Latitude 53, so it’s perfectly placed for some pre-dinner drinks.
  • The Shack: This deck bar provides cool-down drinks in between sunbathing. You’ll find it just above Snack Shack, overlooking the pool.
  • Broadway Show Lounge: With a capacity of 1,000 people, this show lounge is big enough to rival a Broadway theatre. And that’s not all it’s got going for it. There are brand-new shows on offer, plus it’s waiter service, so you can get a drink without missing a thing.
  • Indigo Bar, Club & Casino: Indigo lays claim to the longest bar in the fleet. Flare demonstrations and cocktail-making sessions take place here.If you’re feeling lucky, you can try out the slot machines and card tables at the Indigo Casino.
  • Venue: There’s always something going on at Venue. By day, you can get stuck in with the likes of dance classes. Evenings, meanwhile, are taken care of by live music, virtual bands, quizzes and game shows. Bar-wise, you’ve got two to pick from, including one with a huge range of beers.
  • Aperitif: Smoky and fruit-infused cocktails are on the menu at this speakeasy-style bar. It’s a great spot to head before or after a meal at one of the speciality restaurants.
  • Bar @ The Mediterranean: This feature bar wraps around The Mediterranean – running from the inside to the outside. It’s the place to come for Mediterranean specialities, as well as your usual drinks and frozen cocktails.

Other activities

  • Champneys: Marella Cruises has partnered with Champneys to bring you this state-of-the-art spa.
  • Mini Golf: Practise your putt on this minigolf green. It’s right at the top of the ship on the Sports & Family Deck
  • The Cinema: Movie nights come courtesy of the indoor cinema. Family-friendly films are on the agenda, with extra screenings during high season.
  • Hideout: This hangout spot has been designed with older kids and teens in mind – think games consoles and comfy seating. Plus, there's an al fresco terrace filled with colourful hammocks.
  • Oceans Gym: You can work up a sweat with the sea in sight at the gym.

Amenities

10 restaurants, 10 bars, lounges, nightclub, casino, 3 whirlpools, 1 swimming pool, Champneys beauty salon, boutiques, health club, sports deck, medical centre, internet access, air-conditioned throughout, stabilised, worldwide satellite telephone, telex and fax.

Vital Statistics

Tonnage 76,998 GRT
Length 262.5 m
Beam (width) 32.2 m
Speed 21.5 knots
Decks 13
Lifts 10
Cabins 962
Cruise passengers 1924
Registry  Malta