River cruising is something I’ve never done and yet I would definitely like to do. I’ve always loved the idea of a cruise on the Danube River or more recently, a cruise in more exotic locales like Vietnam and Laos or even Burma. So today, I decided to share an interview with my dad who along with my mom went on a European river cruise back in 2012.
On the night of January 23, 1904, a devastating fire ripped through the Norwegian city of Alesund, destroying all of the buildings in its city center save for one (miraculously only one person died in this tragic event). Historically, most Norwegian towns were built largely of wood including the structures in Alesund, and so after the fire a law was created mandating that all new buildings in the city center be made of stone, not wood.
When I googled things to do in the city of Stavanger, the Lysefjord was the first attraction that came up and one that was highly recommended. I then had to google that as I had never heard of it before but I was immediately sold upon seeing the beautiful pictures of it.
On my recent trip to Norway I sailed with Disney Cruise Lines, although based on the research I did of other companies sailing to Norway, the itineraries are basically the same. So I thought I would do a general run-down on what a Norwegian cruise is like on a seven-night sailing.
When it came time for planning my brief visit to Copenhagen, I knew that I wanted to visit a castle. The problem was deciding which one since in the Danish capital there is no shortage of them (okay, technically Christiansborg is a palace but for the sake of this post, it's being lumped in the slot or castle category). While I would have loved to visit Kronberg Castle (it was used as the inspiration for Elsinore in a certain Shakespearean work), it's not located right in the city center and as my 24 hour itinerary was already ambitious enough, I couldn't possibly add an excursion OUTSIDE of the city onto it.