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In 10 Photos: Cruise Ships in Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian capital enjoys a picture-perfect location at the end of the Oslo Fjord and is a very popular port of call for cruise ships throughout the summer. More about the city in a future ShipParade article, but here are my ten favorite photos of cruise ships in or around in Oslo, Norway!
 
June 9, 2001 - This photo shows Costa Marina and Holland America's original Noordam docked at Oslo. These days, Noordam happily sails on as Thomson Celebration.
 
September 11, 2013 - As Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa makes her way to Oslo, AIDA Cruises' AIDAcara was heading out to sea. The two German ships greeted each other with a loud and long whistle concert.
 
May 3, 2004 - What a sight! The brand new Jewel of the Seas takes center stage, ready to take on her first batch of paying passengers (including yours truly) for a short cruise to Southampton.
 
June 3, 2001 - Renaissance Cruises' wonderful R Eight is basking in the Nordic sun. Currently sailing as Adonia, R Eight was the last of a very ambitious eight-ship newbuilding program for Renaissance Cruises. After the bankruptcy of Renaissance Cruises, the eight sister ships were auctioned off and found their way to the fleets of Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and P&O Cruises.
 
June 9, 2001 - The odd looking Costa Marina was originally a container ship. Extensively rebuilt by Costa Cruises, she boasted quite attractive interiors and a great on board atmosphere. Costa Marina was sold to an Asian operator and ultimately scrapped in 2014.
 
May 3, 2005 - Looking somewhat like a giant smiling whale, AIDA Cruises's AIDAblu is seen docked in Oslo. AIDA Cruises briefly operated the operated the 70,000 ton Crown Princess but she soon transferred to the new Ocean Village brand before making her way to Australia. She is currently P&O Cruises's Pacific Jewel.
 
September 11, 2013 - Towering over Oslo is Princess Cruises' 113,000 ton Emerald Princess. With virtually no draft and height restrictions, Oslo can welcome the largest of cruise ships.
 
May 18, 2009 - The Fred. Olsen ships are at home in Oslo. After all, Fred. Olsen is a Norwegian company even though their cruise division is based in Ipswich, UK. Seen here is the pretty Braemar. When sailing down the Oslo Fjord, Fred. Olsen ships traditionally greet Mr. Fred. Olsen Sr. as they pass his house on the banks of the fjord.
 
September 11, 2013. I do like the angular, bulky look of Mein Schiff 1. I'm not too sure about the oversized scribbling on the hull though but at least it makes the TUI ships instantly recognizable. The TUI Cruises fleet is growing rapidly. Apparently the cooperation between the German travel giant and Royal Caribbean Cruises is paying off.
 
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August 7, 2005 - A rather gloomy summer day in Oslo as Prinsendam docks smack in the middle of town during one of her cruises from Amsterdam. The smallest Holland America ship was built as Royal Viking Sun for Norwegian owners Royal Viking Line.
 
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