Stavanger cruises

Stavanger is blessed with history and natural beauty. From the old port, the city radiates across a network of islands interlaced with graceful bridges. Stavanger's Romanesque cathedral and old medieval lanes blend beautifully with the modern city and spectacular countryside. Journey back in time on a tour of Utstein Cloister, a beautifully preserved Augustin Monastery from the Middle Ages.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Pulpit Rock Flightseeing

    Fly above Stavanger and marvel at the spectacular Lysefjord and the flat-topped Pulpit Rock below.

    Pulpit Rock Flightseeing

    Your exhilarating helicopter adventure begins with a drive from the pier to the helipad. Take to the air for your approximate 30 minute flightseeing trip, and make your way eastward towards Lysefjord, which cuts its way some 30 miles through a mountainous area creating one of the wildest, least-accessible fjords in the region.

    Lysefjord is surrounded by cliffs that climb sharply from the icy waters. The cliffs are the direct (albeit gradual) result of eons of water and ice erosion. Along the fjord, there are small areas just large enough to allow tiny, isolated farms to cling to the slightly levelled off areas of the cliff face.

    You’re in for a real treat – flying over the famous Pulpit Rock. This vast rock formation with a flat top stands at a staggering 2,000 feet above Lysefjord. It goes without saying that Pulpit Rock affords breathtaking views of the craggy world around it, and with your comfy seat in the helicopter, there really is no better way to take it all in.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and helicopter. Places on this tour are limited, therefore to avoid disappointment early booking is recommended. Children must be aged three years or over and must be sat upright in their own seat. Flights and routes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or changed at short notice. There is a strict weight restriction of maximum 18 stone per person. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. The transfer to and from the helipad takes approximately 20 minutes. The helicopters used vary in size and configuration. There may be restricted views for taking photographs from the central and rear seats, seat allocation cannot be reserved.

    Tour code

    STA_037

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Coastal Landscapes by Road and Rail

    Discover the beautiful and diverse landscape of Jæren, one of the country’s most dramatic and visually stunning coastlines, by road and rail.

    Coastal Landscapes by Road and Rail

    Embark on a drive to Egersund through the natural and cultural landscape of Jæren’s North Sea Road, one of Norway’s famous and unique National Tourist Routes. As you sit back and watch the passing landscape, notice how it changes from wide horizons, open skies and endless oceans into miles of sand dunes, only broken by boulders and salmon rivers.

    Egersund is considered to be one of the prettiest towns along the Norway’s coastline. Explore the town at your own leisure or join your guide for a leisurely walk around this serene town. During your walk, you’ll discover a natural harbour, wide avenues, quaint shops and historic wooden houses. There will be the option to visit a little chocolate shop to see the homemade Egersund chocolate moulded in the form of the Egersund Pilot Statue. Why not treat yourself to a purchase of chocolate or one of their other delicious homemade delights?

    After your walk, you’ll be transferred to the Norwegian State Railway for your panoramic train journey. As your train weaves its way through countryside and along the coast, you’ll be able to see a range of scenery as it transforms from suburbs into plains, picturesque lakes and the open sea.


    This tour will operate by coach, train and on foot. The route may operate in reverse. The optional guided walk takes approximately 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. The terrain is mostly flat with a few cobbles. The public train is not exclusive so does stop several times to pick up local passengers; however Cunard have reserved separate carriages. There are a few steps to negotiate to access the train. The train journey takes approximately one hour. The train and coach can both accommodate collapsible wheelchairs.

    Tour code

    STA_035

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Lysefjord by RIB

    Experience an exhilarating RIB ride through the Lysefjord.

    Lysefjord by RIB

    After a short walk from the pier, step aboard a high speed RIB, and embark on a thrilling adventure through the beautiful Lysefjord.

    As your Captain speeds through what appears to be a never-ending fjord you’ll be treated to stunning scenery and magnificent rock formations. A highlight of your tour will be a wonderful view of the famous Pulpit Rock, a steep cliff rising 600 metres above the fjord.

    An exciting and memorable way to experience the magnificent Lysefjord.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions which may be affected by the fast, bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under the age of 8 may not participate. The RIB ride lasts approximately 1½ hours. Survival suits are provided and must be worn. Passengers should wear warm clothing and must be good swimmers. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    STA_038

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Leisurely Stavanger

    A leisurely introduction to Stavanger, offering an insight into the history and scenery of the town and its surroundings.

    Leisurely Stavanger

    Stavanger and the surrounding areas have for centuries played a leading part in Norway's development. As you approach Hafrsfjord you’ll hear how King Harald Haarfagre defeated the regional princes here in 872, thus founding the Kingdom of Norway. Nearby at Møllebukta you’ll pass the monument of three giant swords which commemorate this battle and symbolise the fight is over.

    Your leisurely drive will continue along the coast of south west Norway, where you will pass the attractive 12th century Church of Sola, as it sits on the hill overlooking Sola Bay. Hear about life in Stavanger as you pass the long sandy coastal stretches of Jæren and travel by fertile farmland. As you approach Eiganes, you will travel down the narrow road with its pretty villas and past Ledaal Manor, once the home of the writer Alexander Kielland and today the King’s residence when he visits Stavanger.

    Back in Stavanger, you will see the impressive medieval Cathedral, and the characteristic, colourful facades which overlook the harbour. Across the bridges towards Engøy and Buøy, situated in the fjord, there is a fascinating array of architecture – nearly all the houses are built in wood and painted in vivid colours. En route back to the ship, you will pass ‘Old Stavanger’, for a glimpse of its charming, picturesque, wooden houses which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is considered unique and the city's most important rehabilitation project.


    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of the coach. The itinerary may operate in reverse. The tour will involve some long tunnels.

    Tour code

    STA_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Stavanger on Foot

    Enjoy a stroll through Old Stavanger, with its pretty wooden houses and quaint cobbled lanes, before exploring the main town.

    Stavanger on Foot

    Your exploration begins in Old Stavanger, a lively area that hosts well-preserved 18th and 19th century wooden houses, mostly built for seafarers, craftsmen and traders. An important rehabilitation project has meant that this is now northern Europe’s largest and best-preserved ‘wooden house’ settlement.

    Your stroll through Stavanger continues to the market square at the head of the harbour bay. A colourful scene greets you where fruit and vegetables, flowers and seafood are laid out on sale with the 12th century Stavanger Cathedral forming an impressive backdrop.

    Looking towards the harbour is the statue of the former mayor and well-known writer, Alexander Kielland. The pedestrian street leads you to the Valberg Tower, situated on a small hill and overlooking the central part of the city and harbour. It was once used at a watchtower in case fire broke out in the wooden buildings of Stavanger.


    This excursion will operate on foot. The terrain in Old Stavanger is a little uphill and over cobblestoned streets. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please note that entrance to the Valberg Tower is not included in the tour. The market may be closed on Sunday calls. There are no bathroom opportunities on this tour.

    Tour code

    STA_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the scenic Lysefjord and see the famous ‘Pulpit Rock’ jutting out from the rocky terrain above.

    Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock

    Lysefjord, Norway’s most southern major fjord, stretches 25 miles and was formed more than 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Experience a leisurely cruise along the scenic Lysefjord, as you pass steep mountains with their cascading waterfalls and the occasional dwelling clinging to its rocky terrain.

    There will be a limited commentary providing information about the various points of interest including Preikestolen, better known as the Pulpit Rock. The ‘Pulpit Rock’ is a famous natural rock formation which protrudes vertically from the mountainside. On a clear day, you will be able to see the rock with its flat plateau proudly jutting out above you.

    During the tour, a stop will be made for refreshments of tea or coffee and freshly-made waffles.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.There is a 100 yard walk over flat terrain to access the boats. Various sized boats will be used for this excursion. There are two flights of stairs between the decks on the boat. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). A warm, windproof jacket is recommended. The Pulpit Rock is situated approximately 1,968 feet above sea level and therefore appears smaller when viewed from below. Pre-reservation of this tour is highly recommended due to limited availability.

    Tour code

    STA_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Tropical Flora of Norway

    Enjoy a blossoming garden of exotic plants on the island of Sør Hidle, described as the World’s northernmost palm tree island.

    Tropical Flora of Norway

    Enjoy a scenic boat trip through the Gandsfjord, which is dotted with several picturesque islands. On arrival at the lovely harbour on the private island of Sør Hidle, there is a short walk to the Flor and Fjære Garden which is set in a protected harbour making it a place of peaceful tranquillity, colourful flowers and great sea views.

    You will be given a guided walk of the gardens with one of the knowledgeable garden guides before having free time to explore the exotic gardens at your own leisure. See the world’s most northerly plantation of tropical palm trees, bamboo and banana trees; smell the fruit trees and bountiful flowers all set against the backdrop of majestic mountains and deep fjords.


    This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours spent at the Gardens. There are gravel pathways and some inclines in the Garden. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. Please note that in May the garden is newly planted.

    Tour code

    STA_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Stavanger Highlights

    Discover the interesting sights, striking scenery and fascinating Viking heritage of the charming city of Stavanger.

    Stavanger Highlights

    From the port, a short drive will bring you to Ullandshaug Viewpoint for magnificent views of Hafrsfjord and the surrounding area. Hafrsfjord is where the Kingdom of Norway was founded in 872 after the Viking King, Harald Hårfagre, defeated the last of the regional princes and united the 29 small kingdoms under one crown. Nearby at Møllebukta, you’ll stop to see the 3 Giant Swords monument which commemorates this battle and symbolises the fight is over.

    Your next stop will be the Museum of Archaeology to view the Viking Voyagers exhibition. This interesting exhibition uses sound and visual effects to bring the brutal yet fascinating Viking Age to life. A central part of the exhibition are the new Viking Age burials, recently found in Rogaland, containing keen-edged swords, golden buckles and brightly colored glass beads. There are also displays of the treasures stolen during their oversea raids such as Gilded, decorated Irish book clasps, brooches, beads of jet, silver treasure troves including Arabic coins.

    On the return journey, a stop will be made at the quaint old town of Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger). You’ll have the option to take a short guided walk along the picturesque narrow cobbled lanes and past the well preserved wooden houses as you listen to tales of the bygone ages.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Viking Voyages exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Passengers who do not wish to participate in the guided walk of Gamle Stavanger can remain on the coach.

    Tour code

    STA_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours