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Exciting Expeditions in Juneau with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


In just a few short weeks, we’ll be returning to Alaska where the Disney Wonder will sail through breathtaking scenery and stop at incredible ports of call. This year, we have a selection of brand-new Port Adventures, and I’m so excited to be sharing some of Juneau’s newest excursions with you today!

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The famous gold rush of the late 1800s put Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, on the map. In fact, the city was named after a prospector named Joseph Juneau, who was one of the first men to strike gold in the city.

Your family can have its own gold-seeking adventure on the Family Gold Exploration and the Mendenhall Glacier and Mine Ruin Exploration expeditions. Only Disney cruisers encounter an eccentric prospector mining the hills and join him at his camp. You’ll enjoy the miner’s stories around the fire before leaving with tips of the trade from the prospector himself.

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On the Family Gold Exploration, your family will also explore the Treadwell Mining District, pan for gold and garnets at the Alaska Gastineau Gold Mine and journey into the abandoned mine at the Maggie Kathleen Tunnel.
In the Mendenhall Glacier and Mine Ruin Exploration, you’ll discover even more mine ruins and trails at Douglas Island’s Treadwell Mining District and take in the astonishing sights of the Mendenhall Valley complete with snow-capped mountains and lush green forests.

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Teens get their own thrilling adventure on the exclusive teen only Canopy and Zip Line Expedition. Disney Cruise Line youth counselors accompany teens for off-road adventure which includes zip lines and two towering sky bridges, ending with an exhilarating rappel from the treetops.

Next week, I’ll share with you some of Skagway’s newest Port Adventures, from a campfire breakfast to some friendly competition. Who’s looking forward to kicking off the Alaska season with us?

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Storybook Adventures in Copenhagen, Denmark with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 13th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Copenhagen, Denmark is an enchanting seaside city with storybook townhouses, lush parks, ancient cobbled plazas and distinguished culture. It’s no wonder Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen drew much inspiration for his fairytale world from the city of Copenhagen, where he penned “The Little Mermaid.”

Not only is Copenhagen the homeport for several of our European voyages this summer, it’s also a stop on our 12-night Northern European sailings. A day in port at this vibrant city gives Disney cruisers the chance for so many adventures!

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Copenhagen by Canal

A popular way to explore Copenhagen is on the water. Our Fairytales Canal Cruise In Copenhagen is a one-of-a-kind boat tour, hosted by a character from one of the famous works of Hans Christian Andersen, where you’ll see sites connected with some of his stories that served as inspiration for Disney films like “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen.” During this story-filled voyage, you’ll pass by landmarks such as Amalienborg Palace, the statue of The Little Mermaid and the historic canals, all while looking for visual clues and listening to the memorable fairytales.

Another fun way to explore the city by canal is our Kayaking in Copenhagen excursion, which takes you on a journey through Frederiksholms and Christianshavn canals and by Nyhavn Canal. You’ll see the oldest part of the city and get up-close views of the Christiansborg Palace, National Museum, Thorvaldsen Museum, the Old Stock Exchange and many other historic landmarks and cityscapes.

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Exclusive Experiences at Tivoli Gardens

The famous Tivoli Gardens is the original park that inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland park, so its only fitting that we offer experiences here exclusive for Disney cruisers. Set in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli features a serene garden and an amusement park with the world’s tallest carousel and thrilling carnival rides. On our signature tour Tivoli Gardens All Inclusive – Behind The Scenes And Taste Of Denmark, you’ll visit behind-the-scenes areas, be the first ones to enter the park, enjoy an exquisite Danish lunch and have all rides included during your day of fun.

The Footsteps Of Walt Disney At Tivoli Gardens includes these same perks, plus it gives you the unique opportunity to chat with one of the few employees of Tivoli Gardens that met Walt Disney during a visit in the 1950s. You’ll hear stories about the visit, see areas in the park where Walt visited and delight with many of the original structures that inspired Walt Disney in the design of Disneyland park.

We offer several other ways for you to explore the renowned Tivoli Gardens, even a tour just for teens! The Teen Experience at Tivoli Gardens is a great way for cruisers ages 14 to 17 to hang out with their new friends they met onboard while enjoying a thrill-themed tour with Disney Cruise Line youth counselors.

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Renaissance Castles Of Denmark

Those of you looking for a royal experience won’t want to miss our Renaissance Castles Of Denmark tour. It begins with a scenic drive through the countryside to Frederiksborg Castle, considered by many to be the finest example of Danish renaissance architecture and the most magnificent castle in Denmark. Originally built in the early 17th century by King Christian IV, this Renaissance castle now serves as the Danish National Museum of History.

Your next stop is at the charming village of Fredensborg where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the outside of the elegant Fredensborg Palace, the Danish royal family’s summer residence. The royal tour concludes at the seaside town of Elsinore, where you’ll visit the renowned Kronborg Castle, made famous as the Castle of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s play.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my series on Port Adventures for our Northern European sailings this summer. Take a look back at my recent posts for more suggestions. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Fairytale Experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia and Stockholm, Sweden with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 30th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


We’re just two months away from our first Baltic cruise of the summer season! In my last post, I told you about adventures in Helsinki and Estonia, so today I’ll give you a glimpse into the family fun we offer in St. Petersburg and Stockholm. We’ve developed special fairytale experiences to immerse your family in the royal and storybook settings you’ll find throughout these culturally rich cities.

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St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great, who was inspired to build a metropolis like the cultural centers of Western Europe. The city has retained much of its opulence and historic architecture and is renowned for its storied history and cultural heritage.

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To experience the majesty of the area firsthand, you won’t want to miss our Royal Ball at Catherine’s Palace, one of the world’s most amazing royal palaces. You’ll be greeted by Royal Guards before entering the lavish palace, where you’re invited to relive the luxury of the 18th-century Imperial Russian court. After a welcome reception and time to explore the immense collection of fabulous art work and furnishings, the highlight of your evening will include mingling with “Catherine the Great” and dancing along with the “Royal Court” in the Grand Hall, set to the sounds of classical music with a live orchestra!

Another spectacular experience that will make you feel like royalty is our evening at the Hermitage Museum with a private concert. This tour of the world-famous Hermitage Museum, founded by Catherine the Great with her personal art collection, is privately reserved for Disney cruisers, giving you the chance to view the museum’s beautiful collections without the crowds. It concludes with an exclusive performance by the incredibly talented State Hermitage Orchestra.

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Stockholm is a picturesque city with fascinating medieval sites, lush parks and a charming waterfront area. The city is built on several islands at the mouth of Lake Mälaren and boasts more than 100 museums devoted to the preservation and display of European paintings, sculptures and handicrafts. In the city’s Old Town (“Gamla Stan”), you’ll discover ancient streets, centuries-old churches and cathedrals and breathtaking palaces and mansions.

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On our Ice Bar and Old Town excursion, not only will you have the chance to experience the grandeur of Gamla Stan’s baroque, medieval and renaissance-style construction, you’ll also visit the unique Ice Bar in the heart of Stockholm. Kept to a cool 23 degrees Fahrenheit, the interior, drinking glasses and chairs are made of pure ice. But don’t worry about turning into ice yourself since you’ll don a warm fur poncho and mittens before entering!

Those of you traveling with little ones will love visiting the Junibacken Children’s Museum, a fairy-tale museum dedicated to Sweden’s much-loved author Astrid Lindgren, who has written around 100 children’s books. Both our Knights and Fairytales and Skansen Museum and Swedish Fairytales Port Adventures take you to this whimsical museum where your family can play in Pippi Longstocking’s funny house and take a trip on the Story Train to meet more of the author’s beloved characters.

Of course these are only some of the many exciting excursions we offer in St. Petersburg and Stockholm. Those of you joining us this summer, which Port Adventures are on deck for your family?

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Adventures in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


This summer, we’re setting sail once again to destinations around the Baltic Sea! Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia are two of the locales you can explore on our Northern European cruises, and we have fantastic Port Adventure options for your family to make the most of your time in these historic cities.

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Helsinki, Finland is known for its historic architecture, lively squares and beautiful green spaces. Our Helsinki Highlights and Finnish Food-Tasting tour takes you to see some of the city’s most popular sights, such as Senate Square, and taste delicious local food, including smoked Finnish delicacies and typical Finnish desserts. The unique Temppeliaukio Rock Church is one of my favorite stops on this tour, as this impressive venue, located in the heart of Helsinki, was built directly into solid rock!

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Our Helsinki, Porvoo and Countryside Port Adventure takes you to Temppeliaukio Rock Church and Senate Square, too, and this full-day tour also includes a visit to the historic town of Porvoo and the Finnish countryside. In Porvoo, you can explore Old Town, with its narrow lanes and 16th century wooden houses, and the small handicraft shops. Next up is a visit to the charming Savijärvi Farm, a local family’s home, as well as a Finnish horse-breeding farm and riding school. After meeting the family and eating a three-course meal in their 19th century manor house, you’ll also have the chance to see some of the horses and learn more about the family’s way of life on the farm.

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Tallinn, Estonia is another destination on our Baltic cruises brimming with beautiful architecture and rich history. On our Port Adventure, Best of Tallinn with Concert and Lunch, you’ll get an up-close look at many of the city’s historic landmarks, including the Gothic Town Hall, domed churches and the baroque palace that once was a summer residence of Russian czars and now houses the Museum of European Art. A highlight of this excursion is the walking tour through the cobblestone streets of the old town, followed by a three-course lunch at a neighborhood restaurant and a concert of medieval music in St. Nicholas Church.

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A different Port Adventure that celebrates the area’s architecture and art is Estonian Architecture and Art for Families, created exclusively for Disney cruisers. Following a sightseeing tour, a visit to the Museum of European Art gives adults the chance to have a guided tour while the kids join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors in a fun art project. First, the costumed Dame of the Palace will welcome you and take the children on a short tour of the palace to exhibitions geared for kids. Then, the children will enjoy a drawing workshop where they can draw their impressions of the palace to take home as a souvenir.

Up next, I’ll tell you about adventures in St Petersburg, Russia and Stockholm, Sweden. Who’s sailing the Baltic with us this summer?

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Bringing History to Life in Oslo, Norway and Kirkwall, Scotland on a Disney Cruise

posted on March 18th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of our exciting Port Adventures in Norway and Iceland! Today I want to tell you about excursions in Oslo, Norway and Kirkwall, Scotland, two more destinations you can explore on our 11-night Norwegian Fjords sailing.

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Oslo is one of the largest capital cities in the world, but it’s more than just a big city. It is flanked by the Oslo Fjord to the south and lush forests and mountains to the north, giving you the chance to join some pretty awesome adventures. Nature lovers won’t want to miss Hiking In Oslomarka, which takes you on an 8-mile hike through the quiet trails surrounding Oslo. For a more relaxing way to enjoy nature, you can join our Oslo Fjords By Boat excursion, a journey that takes you past amazing scenery, fjord cabins, cloisters of private boats, small villages, the Akershus Fortress and the famous Norwegian Opera house.

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History buffs have their pick of more than 50 museums in Oslo, and our Historical Oslo tour takes you to visit three of the most popular. The Kon-Tiki Museum and the Fram Museum celebrate maritime history with historic vessels on display. The Norwegian Folk Museum incorporates a large open air museum with more than 150 buildings relocated from towns and rural districts, including one of the famous Norwegian stave churches. Another great museum in Oslo is the Viking Ship Museum, home to well-preserved Viking long ships, which you can visit on three of our Port Adventures, including Oslo Highlights, Tusenfryd Amusement Park And Viking Ship Museum and Hadeland Glass Works and Viking Ships.

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Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland, is a small and charming port town with steep-roofed houses, medieval buildings and Renaissance palaces. Just beyond Kirkwall, you’ll discover ancient remnants of the Neolithic Era, including the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar stone circle, the Maeshowe Tomb and Skara Brae, the best-preserved Neolithic village in Northern Europe.

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Several of our tours take you to a variety of these destinations, such as Ancient Standing Stones And Dramatic Cliffs, Orkney’s Neolithic Heartland and Ancient Tomb Of Maeshowe. Those of you who want to add more activity to your sightseeing adventures will love our Neolithic Cycling Tour, which includes a leisurely 12-mile ride through the beautiful countryside to visit these prehistoric monuments.

Next we’ll dive into our Baltic ports, starting with Helsinki, Finland and Tallin, Estonia. Who’s counting down the days until their Northern European cruise with us this summer?

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Icelandic Adventures in Akureyri with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 7th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I’m back to tell you about more Icelandic adventures you can have with Disney Cruise Line this summer! In addition to Reykjavik, we’re calling on Akureyri, a charming fishing village located at the base of the beautiful Eyjafjordur Fjord.

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Designed just for Disney cruisers, our signature Port Adventure in Akureyri, Local Food And Gourmet, gives you the chance to savor Icelandic cuisine, including waffles, ice cream and smoked lamb, during visits to two farms and a smoke hut in the countryside. The excursion concludes with a visit to Santa’s House (did I mention Akureyri is only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle?!) where Christmas is celebrated all year long. You’ll have the chance to see Santa, buy holiday items and meet the legendary Grýla, the villainous mother of the thirteen Icelandic Santas.

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Akureyri is known as the gateway to the natural wonders of Northern Iceland, including Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods,” one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. On our Leisurely Akureyri & Godafoss Port Adventure, a visit to this amazing sight is combined with a stop at the gorgeous Akureyri Botanical Garden, home to every plant species indigenous to Iceland, plus high-latitude and high-altitude plants from around the world. We also offer an adult-only departure of this tour for those exploring Akureyri without kids.

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During our Akureyri Highlights tour, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the area’s must-visit locales and landmarks, including museums, art galleries and the iconic Akureyri Church, built in 1940 on a hill overlooking the town and fjord. One of the museums, Laufás Folk Museum, dates back to the 1860’s when it was built as a farmhouse in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf. One of the last of its kind in the country, the house now serves as a museum and provides a genuine insight into farm life in Iceland over the past centuries.

Next up, we’ll begin exploring Northern European ports that we’re visiting this summer during our Baltic cruises. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Exploring ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ in Reykjavik, Iceland with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 4th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


One of our brand-new destinations this summer is Iceland, the awe-inspiring “Land of Fire and Ice,” known for its geothermal waters, majestic waterfalls, volcanic areas and breathtaking canyons. Today I want to give you a look at some of what you can experience in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital.

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Rich in culture, eclectic architecture and natural beauty, Reykjavik is also home to the famed saltwater Blue Lagoon, located in the middle of a lava field and known worldwide for its healing properties. We offer two Port Adventures for you to bathe in these warm waters: a half-day experience focused on rest and relaxation and a full-day adventure with an adrenaline-packed volcanic journey.

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On our Let’s Go Volcano And Bathing at the Blue Lagoon, the day begins with an invigorating trek up the steep flanks of a volcano crater in a specially modified super truck, followed by lava-tube caving experience to explore the mysterious depths of the Icelandic underworld. Then, after a visit to bubbling hot springs and the fishing village of Grindavik for a lobster soup lunch, you’ll finish your day with a relaxing afternoon in the therapeutic mineral-filled waters of the Blue Lagoon!

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Here are some of the other super cool tours in Reykjavik you’ll want to check out:

The Golden Circle With Family Barbeque – Classic “can’t miss” Icelandic landmarks take center stage on this tour, where you’ll explore a national park, a glittering waterfall, popping hot springs and a high-tech geothermal energy exhibition. Plus, in true Disney fashion, folk stories come to life during a barbeque lunch in the woods hosted by Iceland’s most famous troll wife, Gryla, and her helpers, who tell the legend of troll giant Bergthor of Bláfell.

Lava Family Workshop – An exclusive for Disney cruisers, get your family “fired up” during an exhilarating trip to the edge of a hardened lava field for an up-close look at volcanic craters. Parents and children alike will take part in an art workshop, using real lava to create your very own framed lava art.

Glacier Safari 4×4 & Ice Cave – On this adventure, you’ll jump into an Icelandic super truck and journey over ice and snow to the “Ice Cave” on the flanks of Europe’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. The man-made “Ice Cave” stretches deep inside the glacier with an impressive series of tunnels and caves carved through solid glacier ice. The ice chapel and ice bar are two of the featured attractions!

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Check back later this week for my suggestions on adventures in Akureyri, Iceland. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Adventures Ashore in Norway Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 27th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Have you enjoyed learning Norwegian phrases for your Disney cruise as much as I have? I have one more video from this fun series to share with you today. This video features Kenneth, a local you may meet during our Molde Folk Museum & City Tour. Hear what phrases he has to teach you …

Now that I’ve showcased Port Adventures in Molde, Geiranger, Alesund, Stavanger and Bergen, I want to highlight more Disney-exclusive excursions in two of our other Norway ports, Olden and Kristiansand

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Iconic Fjord Horses in Olden
From the quaint village of Olden, you’ll travel to a Norwegian Fjord Horse Center to experience one of the world’s oldest breeds and one of the country’s national symbols, the Norwegian Fjord Horse. The adventure includes an up-close look at the stallions, mares and foals in a tour of the stables. Disney cruisers also have an opportunity to interact with the horses and see these magnificent animals in action during a dynamic riding performance before meeting the local students who come here to train and care for their horses.

A Taste of Norway in Kristiansand
For those with a culinary passion, a Port Adventure exclusive to Disney Cruise Line in centuries-old Kristiansand provides the perfect hands-on cooking experience. You’ll don aprons and create Nordic specialties, such as succulent wild game filets and krumkaker, a heavenly waffle cookie typically served around Christmastime. Then, you get to sit back and relax, enjoying your sumptuous meal paired with a glass of wine.

Those of you joining us in Norway this summer, tell me, which of the Port Adventures I’ve shared with you are on your family’s must-do list? Up next, I’ll suggest excursions in Iceland, another one of our brand-new destinations for our summer in Europe!

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Exploring Stavanger and Bergen, Norway with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Selecting which Port Adventures in Norway to tell you about isn’t an easy task because there are so many incredible options for your family! Like in all of our destinations, we’ve developed a variety of shore excursions to meet your interests, whether it’s the great outdoors, tantalizing cuisine, historical locations or rich cultural immersion. Today, I want to take you to Stavanger and Bergen, two of the breathtaking locales on our Norwegian fjord sailings this summer.

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Let’s start with Stavanger, home to the amazing Pulpit Rock, one of the most photographed sites in Norway. Our Hike To Pulpit Rock Port Adventure is the perfect way to take in the awe-inspiring views from this steep cliff. Your journey includes a 2-3 hour scenic hike to the top of the mountain, passing ponds, mountains, forest and marsh. The reward? One of the world’s most spectacular views! Don’t think you can face the hike up? Choose the Stavanger Helicopter Sightseeing to see it all from up above or even the relaxing Lysefjord Cruise, where you can see the majestic rock from the waters of the fjord below.

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Now on to Bergen, a city nestled between seven magnificent mountains on the western coast of Norway. In addition to its natural beauty, it is also a city rich in art and medieval history. On our Bergen City Highlights tour, you’ll get a glimpse of the area’s heritage with visits to a number of well-preserved historic sites, including the iconic Fantoft Stave Church. You’re sure to be impressed by this beautiful 12th-century church, relocated to this site in 1883 and reconstructed after a fire in 1992. Your day concludes with a walking tour through the charming streets of Bryggen, Norwegian for The Wharf, a major trading center of the medieval Hanseatic League and now home to boutique shops, museums and eateries.

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Later this week, I’ll tell you about two exclusive Port Adventures in Olden and Kristiansand, Norway, created just for Disney cruisers. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Learn Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Adventures in Molde, Norway with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 20th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Are you having fun learning Norwegian phrases before sailing to the land of “Frozen” with us this summer? Get ready for more! In our next video, Synnøve, a little girl you may meet on your adventures in Molde, Norway, teaches you a few important phrases to know, one that friends of Anna and Elsa probably find themselves saying often these days. Take a look …

Just outside of Molde is one of the largest folk museums in Norway, established in 1912. The Romsdal Open Air Museum, set amid beautiful mountain pastures, features more than 50 historic buildings and a recreated city street that captures the essence of Molde prior to World War II. You’ll travel back in history during our Molde Folk Museum & City Tour Port Adventure to explore the century-old property, including lush gardens, farmhouses, smokehouses and a chapel. A highlight of this adventure is a spirited performance of Norwegian folk dancing featuring local children in traditional regional outfits. Be on the lookout for sweet Synnøve! Here’s a glance at what you’ll experience …

Coming up next week is the final video in our series. I’ll be sharing it along with more of my recommendations for Port Adventures in the breathtaking country of Norway!

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