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See what other cruise lines and passengers thought of Telemark as a cruise destination.

M/S Hamburg to Kragerø
The idyllic seaside town Kragerø received the German cruise ship "M/S Hamburg" in August 2012. The ship was met by dignitaries from the official Kragerø and also children from the local kindergarten and representatives from the tourist authorities of Kragerø and Telemark. The ship carried close to 400 passengers, who could choose between excursions such as a walking tour in the footsteps of the world famous painter Edvard Munch, a cruise in the archipelago of Kragerø consisting of more than 350 small islands, or just strolling around the narrow streets, shopping, relaxing and visiting the local attractions.

Saga Ruby to Brevik
In September 2012 the British ship "Saga Ruby" docked at Brevik with close to 650 passengers participating on a "Mystery-tour" cruise. The visit to Brevik was a great success, and the passengers were delighted both with Brevik and the way they were received from officials as well as the people of Brevik. The Brevik city museum, the local tour guide, a tour of Brevik by veteran bus and the excursion to the unique 150 years-old Telemark Canal were all praised by satisfied cruise guests.

Ingrid Maderni, Shore Excursion Excecutive of Saga Shipping states:
"...The Mystery Cruise call to Brevik earlier this year proved a great hit with Saga Ruby passengers who were especially delighted with the outstanding welcome they received in the charming little town, as well as with the most interesting 'mystery tour' on the historic Telemark Canal which was included for all passengers. We are certainly keen therefore to see Brevik feature as a port of call in our 2014 cruise itineraries..."

Cruise Telemark

Some statements from the passengers:

  • Great tour - Telemark looks amazing
  • Very enjoyable a bit out of the ordinary
  • An excursion with a difference
  • Very interesting trip. Nice not to have to keep getting on and off the bus too often
  • Leisurely canal cruise, yummy waffles with jam and cream
  • A superb visit. The Telemark Canal and locks an experience
  • Very pretty village, lovely trip on canal
  • Wonderful trip on the Victoria on the canal. Lovely scenic drive to it. Pretty town, lovely friendly people and their vintage bus and walking tour excellent
  • Really enjoyed one of the best trips we have ever done
  • The canal boat trip was a unique experience I would not have missed
  • Loved Brevik especially nightwatchman tour. Canal trip very good too

Cruise team Telemark
In entering the cruise market, the tourist region of Telemark has joined the local forces of the harbour authorities, the local and regional destination management operators, the municipalities of the cities and of the county in order to make it easy for cruise operators to work with Telemark as a destination. Cruise Norway have called Telemark's approach to the cruise market a textbook example, and cruise operators have reported back that the strong cooperation is noticeable and a criteria for success.

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