The Alesund City Highlights Tour was one of two excursions that I booked directly through Disney Cruise Line's port adventures. When it came time for planning our day in this Norwegian port city, I hadn't really found anything that called out to me. Having never heard of Alesund prior to booking the cruise, I also didn't know at the time that Alesund would be such a particularly charming destination either. This was also my birthday so I wasn't interested in doing a full day tour somewhere (i.e. eight + hours) as we had dinner reservations that night at Palo, the adults only restaurant on board.
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.