The Luxury What sets Hurtigruten apart from most cruise lines is that its ships are working ferries. So even though the onboard accommodations and restaurants are excellent, the ships distractions (such as shows or gambling) are few. Passengers can instead focus on experiencing Norways cities and fjords. The 11-day Norwegian Holiday itinerary begins in Oslo with two full days for sightseeing before the journey to Kirkenes and Bergen. Hurtigruten travel experts are on hand to help with planning. Or simply ask the locals.
The Value With an early-booking bonus, the costs of cruises in early September are now discounted by more than $1,000 compared to those for August sailings. Prices start at $3,285 and include the expense of airfare, first-class hotels, meals, port fees, and train transfers.
The Catch The cost of additional shore excursions or onboard purchases can be expensive.
The Details 866/552-0371, www.hurtigruten.us
From the summer issue of Shermans Travel magazine.