Your Cruise itinerary
Day 1: Southampton
For her very first 5 voyages Southampton will be the ships new home, so as you can imagine there will be plenty to celebrate as we ready ourselves for embarkation. All the fanfare, including traditional captains welcome awaits as you arrive dockside ready to board.
Day 2: At Sea
It is really the only place to be on a brand-new vessel as luxurious as The Apex. Get familiar with your surroundings because life on board is like another holiday in itself. Offering everything from live circus shows to Shakespeare plays this ships activities will have you encapsulated with interest all week.
Day 3: Bergen
As we awake this morning to an impressive choice of breakfast venues, we will also be making our first port of call. Welcome to Bergen on the southwestern coast of Norway, encircled by mountains and Fjords.
Once a leading trade empire you can still see to this day the old wharf wooden and brightly coloured homes locals inhabit. Also, home of the late much loved composer Edvard Grieg according to folklore.
A recommended excursion in Bergen would be to pay a visit to The Norwegian Fisheries Museum. Only 10USD per adult and children under 15 enter free.
In Sandviken Bergen, you will view an extremely unique museum experience. Within the timber walls of this 18th century barn, you’ll find engaging and dynamic exhibitions for the whole family! The museum guides tell you the fisheries old Viking stories that have shaped modern Norway, and along the way take you through historical buildings, and outdoor activities in the harbour.
The Norwegian Fisheries Museum is located in the largest veteran boat harbour in Norway and gives you a glimpse of real coastal culture. In the harbour you may rent a rowing boat, kayak, or jump onboard the historical ferry Beffen that in just 15 minutes can bring you back into town.
Day 4. Aalesund
It’s your holiday so on route to our next destination is there any better time to relax? Check out our spa, fitness centre and swimming pools all onboard. Or indulge with a massage as you discover our new level of tranquility in The Spa onboard your Apex Class ship.
It may help as next we land in Aalesund. A port town on the west coast of Norway, and the entrance to the Geirangerfjord. Well, known for the art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904.
Also, panoramic views of Aalesund's architecture, the surrounding archipelago and fjords from the Mount Aksla lookout. Explore Aalesund at your pace with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket (43.50 USD).
Set your own itinerary and spend as little or as much time as you wish at each of the tour stops, which include Aalesund Church, Aksla Viewpoint, and Sunnmore Museum. Or, if you prefer, simply stay on board and complete the full tour taking in the views. While traveling, listen to informative commentary via the audio guide.
Day 5: Geiranger
A Balcony Stateroom is your luxurious home from home with both indoor and outdoor space in abundance. Having sizzling views via floor-to-ceiling windows, or if you step outside the sliding glass doors you have your very own private balcony with a full-on view of the horizon.
Maybe enjoy room service before we reach our next port of Geiranger yet another amazing little town in western Norway lying at the head of Geirangerfjord. The Norwegian Fjord Centre has great multimedia on the history of the region and its inhabitants.
Part of the steep Trollstigen mountain road meanders through the village, connecting it to Flydalsjuvet lookout, which has views over the fjord. The fjord’s waterfalls, including the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil, are visible best by boat.
An enchanting place and ideal for those photo opportunities. As we set sail this evening for Stavanger why not take in one of our many live shows this evening. Day 6. Stavanger Refreshed and refueled we head into Stavanger this morning.
Still in Southwest Norway. In the town centre, Stavanger Cathedral dating back to the 12th-century stands proudly and majestically in the forefront. Stavanger Museum recites the history of the city and displays neatly preserved wildlife to be enjoyed.
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum illuminates the city famed by the oil industry. A super place for shopping here is on Øvre Holmegate more known for its quaint but colourful houses. One of the top selling excursions here is a customized and private tour with a local and at 40 USD well worth paying.
Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate citizen. With no set itinerary, customize the tour or leave it up to your guide for a marvelous insight of the city. Making travel about the people you meet not just the places you see. During this trip, skip the mundane historical tours the others are doing and discover the city with a resident. The local guides are passionate about their city and eager to share knowledge with you.
Since they are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they give an authentic and personal, almost like a friend showing you around their city.
Get familiar with the neighborhood quickly, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed.
They will meet up with you from the ship and even come back to wave you off.
Day 7: At Sea
As the ship slowly maneuvers our passage back to England we will be sailing overnight. If you haven’t had enough time on board this enigma of a ship, then tonight it’s a celebration as we head back.
You have ample spots that may grab your attention. Possibly a live rock band or up on the top deck a romantic evening on the ships magic carpet.
Looking for a family fun fare then head to the circus. For those who feel a little tardier have a full body treatment in the spa. Tomorrow, we arrive in the UK.
Spectacular Norwegian Fjords Cruise
Rhinefield House and Manor
As you depart your cruise at Southampton docks, in less than 30 minutes you will be arriving at one of the most prestigious resorts in what is still called Old England today.
A true magical hideaway, Rhinefield House is set deep within the New Forest National Park. Let yourself fall back in time inside the aura of this stunning mansion.
With sumptuous surroundings and a marvelous mix of Tudor and Gothic architecture, Rhinefield is the most indulgent country hotel in New Forest and almost fairytale like. It is the perfect setting for any worthy trip to England taking in the great outdoors.
So, whether its pony trekking, long romantic strolls in the lush green forest or even a day trip to the seaside you have it on your doorstep. The resort boasts 50 bedrooms which include three super suites, an outdoor pool and small health spa, making it perfect if you're looking for relaxing breaks in The New Forest.
The 2 AA Rosette fine dining Armada restaurant is the idyllic setting for romantic or even celebration meal. The Grill offers a less formal setting having views of our well-dressed ornamental ponds.
The main dining room was inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Spain so prepare to be dazzled. Having roughly 193,000 acres of forest and heath land complete with free roaming ponies, donkeys, sheep and even pigs,
The New Forest National Park offers a unique family friendly holiday. Add over 140 miles of easy off-road tracks to cycle, roads with low-speed limits, museums, farm shops and gardens, there’s no need to go anywhere else.
The National Motor Museum in Hampshire is not too far away either, home to 250 vehicles from all eras of the motoring industry, also the museum launched a new display in 2018: ‘The Luxury of Motoring’, so why not come along and design your own car mascot or even dress up for a selfie in a vintage car.
It includes a mile-long monorail system, a Mini Motor Play Area for younger children and its own go-kart track. Young or old, if you like cars get down there. Cost: From £19.50 per adult and £9.50 per child.
Also, home to Peppa Pig World, and it’s the sweetest theme park. Peppa Pig World will add two new attractions in May, The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride (a monorail) and Grampy rabbit’s sailing club (a cruise).
There’s also a new baby care centre. Best for: Children aged six and under. Cost: Tickets for adults and children over 1m high from £27.25; smaller children go free.