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Land of the Northern Lights 2012 P207
Cruise: P207 - Departs 17/02/2012 - 14 Nights
Day Departure port Arrive Depart Port information
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1 Fri 17/2 LONDON TILBURY   1700hrs London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury in Essex.
2 Sat 18/2 AMSTERDAM (Netherlands) 0930hrs 1400hrs With its 60 miles of tree-lined canals, countless gabled 17th and 18th century townhouses and thousands of bicycles, Holland's historic capital will delight you.   Visit some of the superb art galleries and famous museums including the Rijksmuseum and Vincent Van Gogh Museum.
3 Sun 19/2 AT SEA
4 Mon 20/2 MOLDE (Norway)
Atlantic Road
1200hrs 1800hrs Facing south along the Romdalsfjord, in the northern part of Norway’s Fjordland, the colourful and modern town of Molde is affectionately known as the "Town of Roses".   Discover the market place with its impressive city hall and visit Molde Church, high above the city, richly decorated by some of Norway's leading artists.
5 Tue 21/2 AT SEA
SVARTISEN GLACIER (Norway)
1400hrs 1600hrs A special navigation into the Holandsfjord to view the famous Svartisen Glacier.
6 Wed 22/2 SVOLVAER (Lofoten Islands)
Trollfjord Cruise
0800hrs 2000hrs Svolvaer with approximately 4,500 inhabitants is the only community in Lofoten that may be called a town, and its economy is mainly dependent on the fishing industry.   Artists, painters and sculptors have for many years been attracted to Svolvaer because of its colourful life and extraordinary natural light.
7 Thu 23/2 NARVIK (Norway) 0800hrs 2000hrs Despite being north of the Arctic Circle, Narvik offers year-round ice-free access to the Norwegian Sea.   Originally called Victoriahavn after the Queen of England, it is an important Norwegian port on a deep-water fjord and was the scene of epic naval and land action in the last war.   In winter, Narvik tempts you with wild, dramatic and beautiful Arctic experiences such as the Northern Lights.
8 Fri 24/2 TROMSO (Norway)
Panoramic Tromsø
0800hrs 2000hrs Standing on an island in a narrow sound, hemmed in by soaring mountains, Tromso offers a majestic setting for the Northern Lights Observatory, Polaria, a fascinating polar adventure and exhibition centre, and also museums dedicated to geology, zoology and Lapland life.
9 Sat 25/2 ALTA (Norway)
In Search of the Aurora Borealis
0800hrs   Alta lies on the northern Arctic coast of Finnmark, in the heart of Norwegian Lapland.   The world's first Northern Light observatory was built here at the end of the nineteenth century and has earned Alta the name The Town of the Northern Lights.   In winter, try dog sledging or go on a snow mobile safari, and see the protected rock carvings at Hjemmeluft which date back 2,000 to 6,200 years.
10 Sun 26/2 ALTA (Norway)   1400hrs Second day after overnight stop.
11 Mon 27/2 AT SEA
12 Tue 28/2 ALESUND (Norway)
The Islands of Giske and Godøy
0900hrs 1800hrs Built across three islands and the largest town on Norway’s north-west coast, Ålesund is unique.   As a result of a great fire in 1904 the town was rebuilt in a bizarre Art Nouveau style that retains a distinctive atmosphere and character valued by the inhabitants and visitors alike.
13 Wed 29/2 BERGEN (Norway) 0900hrs 1800hrs The second city of Norway and this delightful old Hanseatic port, with its beautifully restored wooden warehouses, colourful fish and flower market, makes a perfect contrast to the high peaks, waterfalls and small village communities of the fjords.
14 Thu 1/3 AT SEA
15 Fri 2/3 LONDON TILBURY 0800hrs   London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury in Essex.

There are three consecutive trips by the Marco Polo early in 2012.   All start at and return to Tilbury (London International)
From To
Friday 17th February 2012 Friday 2nd March 2012
Friday 2nd March 2012 Friday 16th March 2012
Friday 16th March 2012 Friday 30th March 2012

Cruise Critics

There is a Cruise Critics roll call for this trip at http://cruiseforums.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1478654.   It does require registration to use the Roll Calls (but it is quite simple and just an anti spam safeguard).   I started the thread for the Februray trip, but as traffic is low and we are all interested in how the other trips went, it is continuing for the other two trips in March.   If you have not come across Cruise Critics before it is a useful place to swap experiences and make plans before a cruise, especially to organise non-ship excursions.   It is definietly recommened for learning about lines you have not used before, or ports you have not been to.

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