Europe and Mediterranean: Land of the Midnight Sun and Summer Solstice Cruise

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As one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, Tromsø is teeming with wonders from the skies above to the fjords below. On a Norway cruise, learn about the city's history of Arctic hunting at the Polar Museum. Visit the Husky Wilderness Camp to meet championship dogs and hear about their racing careers. Or ride a cable car to the peak of Mt. Storsteinen for sweeping views of the city.

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Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Port of Call SouthamptonDeparture 5:00pm

Overview

Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. It’s home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.

Day 2 Cruising
Day 3Port of Call Haugesund Arrival 10:00amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Haugesund is a young and vibrant town with roots dating back to Viking times. It was the Viking, Harald the Fair-haired, who united Norway as a kingdom. To commemorate his achievement, Norway’s national monumnet, Haraldshaugen, was erected just north of Haugesund. As with the Vikings, seafaring and trade symbolises this coastal region. It was the plentiful shoals of herring along the rugged coastline that led to the development of Haugesund as an important hub for fish export and late as Norway’s leading shipbuilding centre. Today, Haugesund is one of Norway’s most popular congress and festival towns. First class hotels and restaurants combined with a town-centre hosting several hundred shops and a diverse cultural life that caters for the most demanding tastes creates a thriving dynamic region. For pleasure boats, Haugesund is a popular guest harbour where it is possible to sail right into the heart of the town, while at the same time it is only a few minutes from the wild and scenic Haugalandet countryside.

Day 4Port of Call Olden Arrival 8:00amDeparture 5:00pm

Overview

On the shores of the Nordfjord, little Olden is a gateway to a spectacular ice wilderness of stunning dimensions. Climb an amazing zig-zag road past towering cliffs and tumbling waterfalls to the giant Jostedal glacier--the largest icefield in Europe, where summer skiers zip over ice moguls! Or take a horse-drawn carriage to a beautiful lake watered by the blue ice massif of Briksdal Glacier.

Day 5 Cruising
Day 6Port of Call Tromso Arrival 9:00amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Tromso, town in northern Norway, capital of Troms County. Tromsø is located on the island of Tromsoy off the northwestern coast of mainland Norway, in the Norwegian Sea. It is the largest Norwegian town north of the Arctic Circle. Troms County includes the adjacent mainland; Tromsoy Island is linked to the mainland by a bridge. As the county seat, Tromsø is the administrative, communications, cultural, and educational center of northern Norway. It is also a fishing port with fish-processing industries. Other industries include shipbuilding, brewing, prefabricated houses, high technology, and tourism. The town is served by an airport and is a starting point and support base for arctic expeditions. A meteorological station, an institute studying the aurora borealis, or northern lights, and the University of Tromsø (founded in 1968) are all located in Tromso. Tromso was founded in the mid-13th century, and granted a town charter in 1794. The Norwegian government was based in Tromsø for a short period during World War II (1939-1945). The modern Tromsdal Church, built in 1965, is known as the “Cathedral of the Arctic;” there is also a wooden cathedral (1861) in the center of the town. Tromso Museum contains an aquarium, and is devoted to natural history and to the history and culture of the Saami (Lapp).

Day 7Port of Call Honningsvag Arrival 8:00amDeparture 8:00pm

Overview

The village of Honningsvaag is just 1,200 miles from the North Pole, and you can stand on the 1,000 feet cliffs at Europe's northernmost point, the Northern Cape, to see the phenomenon known as the "Midnight Sun" hanging above the Arctic Ocean. Honningsvag is actually located on the island of Mageroya, just off the northern coast of Norway and is the largest fishing village in Finnmark. It was completely rebuilt after WW2. Honningsvag is the northernmost village in the world, and that is definitely their claim to fame. The lovely citizens of Honningsvag hold the North Cape Festival every year celebrating their culture and heritage, as well as the uniqueness of their wonderful town. If you like fishing, then you will adore Honningsvag, because the harbor is beautiful, and the fish are leaping at the chance to get a bite of what's on your hook. This harbor region provides access to the entire North Cape, and in fact, Honningsvag itself is the actual gateway. In 1944, the German Nazis came through this area and literally destroyed the city. Everything was completely demolished except for the chapel, and the some of the locals still recall the carnage. Thankfully, both the chapel and the spirits of the strong-willed members of this close-knit society survived the attacks, and today Honningsvag is a wonderful and charming town with no upheaval or unrest. You are sure to have an extraordinary time in this exquisite northern environment, full of aesthetic beauty and friendly Norwegians. The falling snow and crisp, fresh air will clear out your lungs and reinvigorate you into a whole new person. A trip to Honningsvag is a blissful and life-affirming adventure.

Day 8 Cruising
Day 9Port of Call Longyearbyen Arrival 7:00amDeparture 6:00pm

Overview

Longyearbyen, the largest community on Svalbard, has a population of about 1100 people and about as many snowmobiles. Located in the Advent fjord at the entrance of the Advent valley, this community has an infrastructure fit for a much larger city. In the center of town you'll find the post office, bank, conference rooms, travel agencies, public library, cafes/restaurants, miners' bath, hospital, laundry, tourist information, supermarket, general stores, and the world's northernmost newspaper, Svalbardposten. There are various forms of lodging, from hostels to modern full-service hotels. Of course, there's nightlife too... During summer, most of the people you meet here will be tourists or young people working to accomodate the visitors. A very friendly and international atmosphere reigns. With fall, the miners and their families come back from the mainland to work in the coal mines through the dark portion of the year. In the summer of 1995, the University Studies at Svalbard (UNIS) opened, so now you can even be a student here. And, of course, Longyearbyen has its own international airport.

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Day 12Port of Call Trondheim Arrival 7:00amDeparture 7:00pm

Overview

Trondheim, or Nidaros as it used to be called, was the first capital of Norway. The Sagas tell us how King Olav Tryggvason of Viking fame founded the city by the mouth of the River Nidelva in 997. Today Trondheim is a modern city, a centre of knowledge with a highly respected university, many popular colleges and a research community ranking among the best in Europe. You will find a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities in Trondheim. Here you can experience both the charm and intimacy of the small town and the plethora of choices of big-city life. While in Trondheim, you might want to visit Lerkendal, Trondheim’s football stadium, where many a mighty European football team has fallen to the powerful perennial contender in the Champions League - Rosenborg Ballklub. You will find the people of Trondheim friendly and sociable. Trondheim is a very hospitable city, with its doors open wide to the world.

Day 13Port of Call Andalsnes Arrival 7:00amDeparture 4:00pm

Overview

Andalsnes town, More og Romsdal co., W Norway, at the head of the Romsdalfjord. It is a popular tourist resort. In World War II, the town was heavily damaged when the Germans pushed back (1940) an Allied landing.

Day 14Port of Call Skjolden Arrival 12:00pmDeparture 8:00pm

Overview

Skjolden is a small regional centre on the Lusterfjord, the innermost branch of Sognefjord.

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Day 17Port of Call Southampton Arrival 6:00am

Overview

Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. It’s home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.

Onboard the Island Princess

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Ship Rating

3.5/5

Island Princess® is a fabulous floating resort designed to make your stay onboard truly memorable. This vessel has 90 percent ocean-view staterooms, with more than 700 balconies and a wraparound Promenade Deck. After being mesmerized by the scenery off the bow, become dazzled by the entertainment in the state-of-the-art lounges and choose from a myriad of dining options.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Movies

  • Card Room
  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Game Arcade
  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pool - Children's
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Educational Classes
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Center
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • Religious Services
  • Self-Service Laundromat
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Educational Programs
  • Internet Center
  • Babysitting
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Dining Room

Main Dining

Provence Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Bordeaux Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Sabatini's

Specialty Dining

Sabatini's: An upscale authentic Italian dining experience in a remarkable eight-course meal. The menu features both local seafood specialties and other regional favorites. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Bayou Café & Steakhouse: Experience this New Orleans-style restaurant at sea, featuring Creole and Cajun traditional cuisine, such as jambalaya, etouffee and crawfish gumbo. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Chef’s Table Experience: A multi-course menu that is specially created by the chef, and is not offered anywhere else on the ship. Specially selected wines complement the meal, and each couple at the Chef's Table will receive a personalized autographed copy of Courses, A Culinary Journey. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Crab Shack: Seafood lovers won’t want to miss this full crab shack experience. An intriguing bistro option housed within the Horizon Court buffet, Crab Shack diners can savor Bayou-style boiled crawfish and spicy sausage, popcorn shrimp, steaming clam chowder and a tantalizing mixed steamer pot filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Casual Dining

Horizon Court: 24-Hour casual buffet dining.

Amuleto Café: Savor specialty coffees and teas from our New Grounds Crafted Coffee menu and choose from a selection of sweet treats baked fresh every day. Sandwiches and quick bites are offered throughout the afternoon and evening.

Princess Pizzeria: Poolside pizzeria serving fresh pizza by the slice.

La Patisserie: Casual sidewalk café-style setting for cappuccino, espresso and other coffee specialties, as well as fresh pastries throughout the day. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

The Bar and Grill: Follow your nose to the Deck Barbecue where the burgers are flipping and the hot dogs roasting, served with a variety of fixin’s and crisp fries. Veggie burgers, bratwurst and grilled chicken breast are also served and all are sure to hit the spot when you are relaxing out on deck.

Room Service: Complimentary 24-hour dining in the comfort of your stateroom.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Affordable staterooms feature twin beds that make up into a queen, refrigerator, spacious closet and a bathroom with shower.

Interior (Category: IA)

Category: IA
Approximately 156 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IB)

Category: IB
Approximately 156 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IC)

Category: IC
Approximately 156 to 166 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: ID)

Category: ID
Approximately 156 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IE)

Category: IE
Approximately 156 to 166 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IF)

Category: IF
Approximately 156 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Nicely-appointed staterooms feature a picture window and bathroom with shower.

Premium Oceanview (Category: O5)

Category: O5
Approximately 212 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Premium Oceanview (Category: O6)

Category: O6
Approximately 212 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Oceanview (Category: OB)

Category: OB
Approximately 162 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Oceanview (Category: OC)

Category: OC
Approximately 162 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Oceanview (Category: OE)

Category: OE
Approximately 162 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OV)

Category: OV
Approximately 162 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OW)

Category: OW
Approximately 162 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OY)

Category: OY
Approximately 162 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OZ)

Category: OZ
Approximately 162 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Staterooms feature a private balcony, siting area with desk, spacious walk-in closet and bathroom with shower.

Premium Balcony (Category: B1)

Category: B1
Approximately 248 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Premium Balcony (Category: B2)

Category: B2
Approximately 248 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BA)

Category: BA
Approximately 248 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BB)

Category: BB
Approximately 248 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BC)

Category: BC
Approximately 210 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BD)

Category: BD
Approximately 210 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BE)

Category: BE
Approximately 210 to 234 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BF)

Category: BF
Approximately 210 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (obstructed view) (Category: BY)

Category: BY
Approximately 210 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom has an obstructed view balcony from which to enjoy the fresh sea air.

Balcony (obstructed view) (Category: BZ)

Category: BZ
Approximately 210 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom has an obstructed view balcony from which to enjoy the fresh sea air.

Features separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk, refrigerator, some with wet bar, bathroom and balcony or window.

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: M1)

Category: M1
Approximately 280 to 302 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MB)

Category: MB
Approximately 280 to 302 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MD)

Category: MD
Approximately 302 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: ME)

Category: ME
Approximately 302 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Oceanview Mini-Suite (Category: MY)

Category: MY
Approximately 300 sq. ft., this spacious stateroom provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower. Features a picture window instead of a balcony.

Penthouse Suite with Balcony (Category: S4)

Category: S4
Approximately 509 to 512 sq. ft., the Penthouse Suite features a spacious cabin and separate seating area with a sofa bed. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Premium Suite with Balcony (Category: S5)

Category: S5
Approximately 470 sq. ft. including balcony, the Premium Suite features a spacious cabin and separate seating area with a sofa bed. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Vista Suite with Balcony (Category: S6)

Category: S6
Approximately 740 sq. ft. including balcony, the Vista Suite features a spacious cabin and separate seating area with a sofa bed. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Sports Deck
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Will accommodate third personWill accommodate third person
Will accommodate third and fourth personWill accommodate third and fourth person
Connecting stateroomsConnecting staterooms
Fully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower onlyFully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower only
Will accommodate third and fourth person, fourth berth is a rollaway bedWill accommodate third and fourth person, fourth berth is a rollaway bed

Ship Facts

Island Princess ship image
  • Ship Name: Island Princess
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Year Refurbished: 2017
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2003
  • Ship Class: Coral
  • Maximum Capacity: 1,974
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 11
  • Number of Crew: 900
  • Officers' Nationality: British/Italian
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 144
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 527
  • Total Inside Staterooms: 108
  • Tonnage (GRT): 92,000
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 1,974
  • Country of Registry: Bermuda
  • Total Staterooms: 987
  • Suites with Balcony: 200
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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