Experience European coastal gems from north to south. The journey starts in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway in the city coined 'The Gateway to the Fjords'. The old Hanseatic vibe of the city, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen and the fish market Fisketorget, makes for quite a unique experience. It offers a taste of the urbanity to come in Amsterdam, our first port of call after crossing the North Sea.
Shop 'til You Drop
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, invites you to explore its history and contemporary urban flair by foot, by bike or by canal boat. The journey then continues through the English Channel to shopping and sightseeing in Guernsey. In the Gulf of Biscay, you might want to go out on deck to look out for dolphins, whales and seabirds.
As we continue south, you can really feel the change as we catch up with summer. The Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today, welcomes you to La Coruña in Spain with its Celtic and Roman heritage.
Portuguese Past and Present
The journey continues to the two biggest cities in Portugal, Porto and Lisbon. Porto is known for its many monuments by leading international architects from the past and the present. Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), Lisbon welcomes you to its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the acclaimed Fado nights, where you can experience live folk song performances at cafés and bars all over town.
Optional tours and activities are available, please contact us for details.
This expedition starts on the west coast of Norway. Bergen is called 'The Gateway to the Fjords' and is an international city packed with history and tradition. It is a big city with a small-town atmosphere.
A day at sea is a perfect way to start this adventure. The lecture team have prepared interesting lectures for you, or you can have a cocktail or coffee in the bar or observation lounge, enjoy the tasty meals in the restaurant or simply relax on deck.
Amsterdam developed from a small fishing village in the 13th century to become one of the most charming and culturally important cities in the world. Few cities mix history with an urban flair like the capital of the Netherlands does. Take a walk into history, be amazed by the museums, explore by foot, by bike or canal boat. We will spend almost two days here, giving you time to join our excursions and to get to know the city.
We leave Amsterdam in the morning. For the rest of the day, we will sail through the English Channel which connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. This is the world's busiest seaway with more than 500 ships passing every day. The observation lounge is a good place to watch vessels from all over the world on their way through the Channel.
Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands, located near the coast of Normandy in France. The islands have a very complicated political status. They are British crown dependencies, but they do not belong to the UK. St Peter Port in Guernsey is considered to be one of Europe’s prettiest harbours, and it has been busy since Roman times. Enjoy a day of shopping, museums, hikes and bicycle trips or just unwind in a pub.
A day at sea means spotting marine life such as dolphins, whales and seabirds from the deck. Enjoy the lectures on history and biology from the Expedition Team in the lecture hall and on deck.
La Coruña is great for history and culture buffs, with a mystic and magic allure created by the Celtic and Roman heritage. The city had its heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries when it functioned as the port for English pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. On our way into the harbour, we pass the Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use today. Take a walk through the historic city and see the relics from the different people and cultures that gave the city its amazing appearance.
From Leixões, it is a short yet very interesting trip to Porto. Mix monuments by leading international architects from the past and the present with some fantastic baroque carvings. Add a world-famous sweet wine and a certain British flavour. Place it all by a grand river, and you have Porto. This is Portugal’s second largest metropolis, and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities. Its historic centre, Ribeira, at the northern bank of the Douro River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A boat tour in a replica of the old Rabelo boats offers a perfect view over the historic city from the riverside. We will spend a day exploring Porto and its wonderful surroundings.
Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), and home to the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The old city is situated close to the harbour, so it’s just a short trip to famous buildings like the 45m-high Santa Justa Lift built in the Neo-Gothic style. Get a taste of Portugal in one of the many restaurants, cafés or bars before you fly home.
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Our Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Arctic Superior cabins are comfortable cabins situated on both upper and middle deck, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. All the cabins have bathrooms with shower/wc. You will also find coffee and tea facilities in these cabins. Most of them have separate beds, where one can be turned into a sofa and some have double beds. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Our Expeditions Suites are the most exquisite cabins on the ship. Situated on upper deck, you can enjoy the most comfortable suites on board. Inside you will find seating areas with TV, bathrooms with shower/wc and most of them have double beds. All of the suites offer cabin kits, which contains bathrobe, slippers and other beauty articles. Some of the suites do have more facilities than others.
Vessel Type: Expedition
Passenger Capacity: 276
MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.
MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.