Cruising the waterways of the Vikings while holding meetings might sound odd at first. However, the waters between Norway, Denmark and Sweden are ladden with history, from the Viking times through the Störtebecker and his pirates of the Hanse (Hanseatic League) time up to the Cold War submarine spy operations.
Why not set meetings and conferences to happen on cruiseships or ferry boats. Particularly in international projects, most of the participants need to travel to the meeting anyway. Lodging on a boat is competitive with most larger town’s hotel rates.
The Scandinavians have a long history in ferry and cruise operations. Many boats shuttle between Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Two-day-cruises (or four days on both ways) are possible from and to Oslo, using some of the lastes Cruise ferries built in the world.
To our current knowledge, the COLORLINE ships COLOR Magic and COLOR Fantasy are the state of the art in cruise ferries. Moreover, Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord has saunas and, in addition, an open-air top hot pool on the deck.
A big advantage of a boat meeting is that it requires some dedication from the participants – only a few of the drop-in meeting participants will actually be able to afford a helicopter lift on and off the boat. Attendance is guaranteed for the whole meeting!
To avoid boredom, you can blend with the crows during the evenings. As the ferries are a low-price drinking and partying place for most Scandinavians, you can be sure do meet a number of partying Norwegians or Swedes in the bars and discotheques. After all, the good old Norwegian tradition of a “Harry trip” has the only purpose of easy access to cheap liquor, while the boat automatically finds the way home.
What to do
- The cruise ferries – depending on the line and the model – contain bars, dance floors, restaurants, movie theaters, show stages, casinos, and shops. Check the cruise operator’s web page for a floor plan of the ship!
- Sunset seen from the deck is just beautiful!
- In sunny weather, grab a deck chair on the top deck, buy a cocktail, and rest during a conference break!
Where to stay
- In your personal cabin, aboard the ship.
- Walk… use the elevators … your feet are the limit!
Where to eat
- The board restaurants are more or less your only choice. The ships offer cafeteria-style restaurants, and in addition, a fancy restaurant with multiple courses and a decent wine menu.
What to bring home
- There is a duty free shop, as well as some ferry line souvenirs. Most likely, you will focus on souvenirs from the start or end of the cruise. See e.g. our page on Oslo.
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