It’s the final day of our first-ever Norwegian fjords voyage, and guests are raving about the fun they had both in port and onboard this week. Today we enjoyed a beautiful day at sea, giving cruisers the chance for plenty of rest and relaxation. As I reflect back on the cruise, I can’t stop thinking about how special it was to have our friends from Arendelle sailing with us. What a sight to see Anna and Elsa in the land that inspired their story!
We have several new offerings inspired by “Frozen” on the Disney Magic, and it’s only fitting that they debuted during our summer in Norway. Here’s a look at what I think are the top five “Frozen” experiences on the Disney Magic…
1. New Scenes in “Disney Dreams…An Enchanted Classic”
2. “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends” Celebration
3. Anna and Elsa’s Boutique
4. “Frozen” Themed Menu and Dining Experience
5. Magical Meet and Greets with Anna, Elsa and Olaf
Thanks for following along during my live voyage report. If you aren’t sailing to Norway with us this summer, remember, there’s always next year! Hope to see you onboard real soon.
What a day! We started it by exploring a city rich in art, medieval history and natural beauty, and we ended it by “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!” First let’s look at some of the places Disney cruisers experienced in Bergen, our last port of call on this fantastic Norwegian fjords voyage.
Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf in Bergen – was a starting point for many of our guests. It is home to colorful wooden architecture, cobblestone alleyways, unique shops and al fresco dining. A few of our Port Adventures combined a visit here with another popular destination, such as the Fantoft stave church or the Mount Fløien lookout point.
Back onboard, we celebrated the end of our time in Norway with this summer’s newest “Frozen” fun. Little cruisers and families joined us for “Anna’s Chocolate Chase,” an exciting scavenger hunt around the ship, and for “Oaken’s Maypole Swirl and Twirl” to learn a traditional Scandinavian dance, spinning and braiding giant ribbons. Even the dining team got into the fun with a menu inspired by traditional Nordic fare and special dishes and beverages inspired by the film.
As sunset approached (at 10:15 p.m.!) we kicked off our celebration up on deck. The party started with high-energy line dances with Kristoff and Anna, followed by games virtually led by Sven, the trolls and Olaf. Then Elsa arrived with a snowy gust of wind, and in true Disney fashion, unleashed her magic as the sounds of everyone singing “Let it Go” along with her echoed from the ship. I still have chill bumps thinking about it!
I hope you’ve been enjoying my live voyage report on our first-ever Norwegian fjords sailing. Stay tuned for my last post tomorrow when I’ll give you a glimpse of Anna, Elsa and Olaf on the big stage in our new “Disney Dreams…An Enchanted Classic” production number.
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From Jonathan’s post this morning, you’re already aware of how beautiful it is where we anchored today. Tucked away at the end of a fjord, it truly felt like we were in a fairytale world. It’s no wonder the “Frozen” filmmakers chose Geiranger as the inspiration for Arendelle.
Disney cruisers didn’t have to go far for a taste of local culture. The tiny village’s cafes and shops are the perfect place to take in the views while enjoying a traditional Norwegian meal. Nearby, Geiranger’s Fjord Center and octagonal wooden church were also popular spots for more gorgeous views and cultural immersion.
Those wanting adventure joined us for kayaking, hiking and biking tours for an up close view of the area’s stunning landscape. On one awesome Port Adventure, guests paddled through the fjord, gliding along the mountain walls in front of thundering waterfalls.
To see more of the breathtaking scenery and amazing adventures Disney cruisers experienced in Geiranger, take a look at this gallery …
It’s been an incredible voyage so far, and we still have two days left. Not only is tomorrow one last chance to explore the land of Norway during our call on Bergen, it’s also the night “Frozen” fans have been anticipating. Check back to see sights from our newest deck party, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!”
Our destination today was Ålesund, a charming seaport situated at the entrance of Geirangerfjord, stretching across multiple islands. The backdrop of mountains and smooth waterways are a picturesque complement to the town’s Art Nouveau architecture.
The Sunnmøre Museum is one of the must-visit spots in Ålesund, and many Disney cruisers did just that today. Several of our Port Adventures visit this open-air folk museum, but only one incredibly special group was greeted by friends from the neighboring Kingdom of Arendelle. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff did not want to miss this unique countryside village on their first visit to Norway! They eagerly joined Disney cruisers in the festivities, complete with live music, old-fashioned games and Norwegian sweets.
Another popular Port Adventure gave our guests a look at life in the Middle Ages with the families of Vikings. From the port, they drove through one of the world’s longest undersea tunnels to the Saga island of Giske where they were greeted by a Viking chieftain. Their time in the medieval village was spent learning about traditions, playing games and tasting Viking meals, a fun way for families to connect while being immersed in Scandinavian history.
To see more of the fun Disney cruisers had today in Ålesund, check out this gallery.
Our next stop is Geiranger, said to be one of the most enchanting places in all of Norway. Check back tomorrow to see if Disney cruisers agree this destination lives up to the hype. (Spoiler alert: Frozen’s Arendelle is inspired by Geirangerfjord, so it seems we all know what the answer will be!)
Greetings from majestic Norway! It’s day three of our first-ever Norwegian fjords voyage, and I think I speak for all Disney Magic cruisers when I say it is even more magical than expected. After departing from the vibrant city of Copenhagen, Denmark, we enjoyed a beautiful day at sea. Today was our first stop – in Stavanger, gateway to the famed Pulpit Rock.
Adventure seekers journeyed to see this flat mountain plateau, sitting 2000-feet above Lysefjord. Some Port Adventures took our guests on a cruise through the fjord to see this magnificent cliff from below, and the super adventurous hiked to the top, taking in the awe-inspiring views from above. Many got an adrenaline rush by stepping close to the edge, and one man went the extra mile for that rush by getting down on one knee to pop the question (she said yes!)… A big congratulations to the couple, Kyle and Ashley, who are both former Disney Cruise Line crew members!
Disney cruisers who stayed in town chose to walk the cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger and visit Norway’s oldest cathedral – Stavanger Domkirke – dating back to the early 12th century. One of our Port Adventures combines a visit to the cathedral with time at the Iron Age Farm, an authentic farmstead where you can learn about life there 1,500 years ago.
Tomorrow we arrive to Ålesund where, for the first time in forever, only Disney cruisers will have the chance to celebrate our time in Norway with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff. I look forward to sharing reactions from our guests to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Until then!
Happy Holidays from aboard the re-imagined Disney Magic! I’m Cruise Director Brent, writing to you from Disney Cruise Line’s flagship vessel as she experiences her first holiday at sea after her extensive transformation.
Anyone who knows me knows I have my dream job, with my love of the ocean, travel and entertainment. I’ve been with Disney Cruise Line since 1999, the year the Disney Wonder entered service, so I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the company’s significant growth and success the past 14 years. The launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are two of my career highlights, and now I have another milestone to add to my list: the relaunch of the Disney Magic.
I embarked as Cruise Director during our last Mediterranean voyage and was lucky enough to be a part of the amazing team in Cadiz for the Disney Magic’s massive makeover. Then, last month, I witnessed a second makeover for our Very Merrytime Cruises. Of all the holiday decor, the extra sparkle in the atrium lobby is definitely my favorite. Take a look at some of what guests are enjoying in this elegantly redesigned space:
A beautifully lit tree spanning two decks…
A cheerful tree lighting ceremony with Disney friends…
The perfect background for princess gatherings…
And a larger-than-life (and delicious smelling) gingerbread house!
If you’re sailing on the Disney Magic this holiday season, be sure to share your photos on Twitter with @DisneyCruise and #DCLHolidays. Hope to see you onboard soon!