Beautiful Storybook Norway Photos to Inspire Your Next Trip

I visited Norway on a cruise which was a very easy way to discover the beauty of this highly scenic country. I am sharing my best Norway photos to inspire you to plan your own trip to Norway.

As I cruised through peaceful fjords surrounded by mountain peaks, and visited colorful towns and villages in Norway, I could clearly see the inspiration for a fairy tale movie. As a photographer, I found the scenery to be point-and-shoot beautiful and it didn’t take much artistic license to take Norway photos worthy of a high end magazine spread.

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Norway Shore Excursions – How to Spend a Day in Norway’s Most Popular Cruise Ports

In this post I share the Norway shore excursions that I did during a cruise to Norway and the Arctic Circle. Use this information to plan your sightseeing stops on your next cruise to Norway.

I have always wanted to take a cruise along Norway’s coast, so when I saw a great last minute offer with no single supplement from Princess Cruises, I jumped at the opportunity. The cruise was at the end of August on the new Sky Princess, and you can read all about my experiences on the ship in my story Cruising Sky High – A Complete Sky Princess Review With Photos.

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Discover the Sky Princess Dining Options and the Chef’s Table Experience

Use this comprehensive guide describing all the Sky Princess dining options to plan your next cruise vacation. And if you’ve ever wondered what a Chef’s Table experience is like, I describe that as well.

There are many reasons to take a cruise, and a never ending supply of good food is certainly one of them. On a recent cruise to Norway, I tried many of the Sky Princess specialty restaurants, along with the included Sky Princess dining options. I also had a chance to try the much sought after Chef’s Table dinner experience.

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Cruising Sky High With Princess – A Complete Sky Princess Review With Photos

In this Sky Princess full review I am sharing lots of information about the ship, including many photos, so you can easily plan your next Princess cruise on the Sky Princess.

I like cruising because for me it is the perfect getaway vacation. It means that I get waited on, I get to easily tour interesting ports, and best of all, I get to be mesmerized by ocean views as much as I want.

I have my wish list of cruise itineraries, so when Princess had a great last minute deal with no single supplement on a Norwegian and Arctic cruise, I quickly jumped at the chance. The fact that it was on one of Princess’ newest cruise ships, the Sky Princess, was an added bonus. It was a memorable trip, both for the wonderful scenery and the experience on the ship.

I am sharing this detailed Sky Princess cruise ship review to help you plan your dream Princess cruise getaway.

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A Costa Rica Cooking Class – Forging Local Connections On An Atypical Cruise Excursion

A traditional Costa Rica cooking class showed me that I could still make local connections in a meaningful way on a cruise ship excursion.

I love cruising, but I am very picky about my cruise excursions. Typical ship excursion involve big busses and large tour groups that take passengers to the most popular sights. This may let you check off one more item on the “bucket list” but does nothing to provide a true connective experience to the local culture or the environment.

However, on my recent Princess Cruise through the Panama Canal, a ship excursion in Costa Rica billed as one of their “Local Connections” program had me intrigued. The tour promised to take us to the Macaw ecolodge high in the rainforest where we would take part in a cooking experience using locally grown ingredients. This sounded quite appealing and would not be something I could easily do on my own, so I signed up and hoped for unique glimpse into Costa Rican culture.

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A Full Transit Panama Canal Cruise – Passing Through an Engineering Marvel

A full transit Panama Canal cruise was on my travel wish list for a long time. I finally had the chance to experience it and was not disappointed.

There are some places on this planet that are easiest to experience from the deck of a ship – the Panama Canal is one of those sights. This “Engineering Marvel” was built to aid in the faster transport of goods between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, thus bypassing the long and hazardous journey around South America and Cape Horn.

But transiting through the Panama Canal has also become a very popular cruise ship destination. I recently took a  16 day full transit Panama Canal cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco on the Ruby Princess and going through the canal was the highlight of my cruise.

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One Day in Cartagena, Columbia – A Colorful, Independent Cruise Excursion

I had only one day in Cartagena, Columbia on my Panama Canal Cruise and I made the most of it by exploring the city’s UNESCO listed sights on my own.

The first stop on my Ruby Princess full transit Panama Canal cruise was Cartagena, Columbia. This was my first visit to Columbia, and I would only have six hours in port so I was going to make the most of it. My focus for my one day in Cartagena was on the UNESCO listed Old Town and the nearby Fort Castillo de San Filipe de Barajas.

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Living Like Royalty on a Princess Cruise – A Ruby Princess Review With Photos

In this Ruby Princess review I share detailed information with lots of photos from my recent cruise including a review of my cabin, public spaces and food options.

Some days I wish I had a maid. And a cook. And since I am dreaming, lets add a chauffeur and a gardener to the list. I’ve probably watched Downtown Abbey once too often and read too many books set in Britain’s golden age where the hired help does all the work and the Lord and Lady of the manor just get to have fun.

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