Copenhagen Oslo aboard the Crown Ferry
We travel aboard the Crown Ferry on the Copenhagen Oslo route for National Day in Oslo. For me, a ferry is usually a means of transport that fulfills a specific function: to bring us and our car from point A to point B. I don't expect great luxury here. A comfortable armchair in which we can sleep through the crossing, a cafeteria and a restaurant in which we can get something to eat on the way, and a reasonably comfortable car deck that is as easy as possible to drive in and out of. That's all I expect from a ferry. And most of the ferries I know look like that too.
Mini cruise Copenhagen Oslo on the ferries "Crown" and "Pearl" from DFDS
The ferry ships "Crown" and "Pearl" of DFDS Seaways shipping company from Denmark, which commute back and forth between Copenhagen and Oslo, are quite different. We travel to National holiday to Oslo with the crown. Even the boarding is more reminiscent of a cruise ship than a ferry. In contrast to the usual ferries, we - as foot passengers - do not enter the ship via the car deck. Here we are welcomed by a friendly crew in the lobby of the ship who shows us the way to our cabins, because they are needed for the night crossing. The "Crown" leaves Copenhagen in the late afternoon and arrives in Oslo around 10:00 the next morning.
In between, there is a crossing in a cabin in which four people can easily sleep (although very cramped and in bunk beds). We use the cabin for the two of us. It offers storage space for our hand luggage in a corner, when we have pitched the two beds. So we do that only when we really go to sleep. Before we use one of them as a sofa, from which we have a great view of the port of Copenhagen through the large window, which has nothing to do with a round porthole. The bathroom is functionally furnished with a shower, a toilet and the necessary accessories. The only thing missing is a hair dryer. It's pretty tight and just enough for one person. Since we only spend one night on board, we can live with it.
A ferry like a cruise ship between Copenhagen Oslo
The rest of the ship reminds us more of a cruise ship: it starts with the "Mermaid Bar" on the upper deck of the "Crown" (her sister ship, the "Pearl" has no bar on the outer deck), where we have a cool drink let the city of Copenhagen and its harbor glide past us in your hand and enjoy the view in bright sunshine. The conference center aboard the ship is located a floor below, and the next morning we use it with other travel bloggers for a conference.
In the middle decks of the "Crown" you are spoiled for choice in which restaurant you want to dine. There is a gourmet restaurant, a steakhouse, an Italian restaurant and a buffet restaurant where we can enjoy the excellent cuisine on board the two ferries. In general, the gastronomy on board the two ships is excellent: there are Scandinavian specialties with lots of fish, mussels and herring, but also various meat dishes, vegetables and salad. The only thing we miss a little is fruit. The dessert buffet is overflowing with all kinds of cakes, tarts and desserts, and the cheese buffet is also impressive.
Shopping on board the Copenhagen Oslo ferry
If you do not want to retreat to your cabin after this sumptuous meal with a view of the vast expanse of the Baltic Sea and the setting sun of the 7 Seas Restaurant, there are several options to choose from: the large and well-stocked on-board shop offers all kinds of souvenirs and equipment. The prices are quite civil. We had expected higher prices.
... or rather a Wine Tasting
If you don't want to shop, you can make yourself comfortable in the wine bar, where a sommelier ensures that the best wines are always available. On the way back from Oslo to Copenhagen we are invited to a wine tasting on board the "Pearl" and get to know the sommelier of the ship. He serves us wines that are exceptional and we learn that Denmark receives only 210 bottles from Vino Dal Forno Romané from Italy every year. 150 of them are already reserved for the DFDS ferries every year. So if you want to drink something very special in Scandinavia, the ferry crossing from Copenhagen to Oslo and back offers a good opportunity.
A Visit to the Nightclub
If you are looking for livelier entertainment for the evening, you can visit the night club, where live bands provide entertainment. And the disco on board is popular for celebrating the night away. Those of you who want to be pampered can relax in the bubble room, the wellness area, in the jacuzzi or relax with a massage. There is also a casino on the "Pearl" that differs from the slot machines usually found on ferries. Things are nobler here and you can get rid of your money in a well-kept environment.
The ferries from DFDS have surprised us with their elegant features and an on-board entertainment program that is impressive. So a ferry trip with a stay at the start and end of the route becomes an interesting mini cruise that promises relaxation. We parked our car for three days at the DFDS terminal in Copenhagen and spent two pleasant nights on the crossing and one extra night in Oslo.
Check out these Tips by Travel Bloggers
- If you want to travel from Denmark to the Norwegian coast, then Kathryn recommends the Ferry from Hirtshals to Kristiansand.
- You do not want to travel by ferry? Check out Melissa's 12 Day Scandinavia Itinerary over land.
This gave us a day to see the capital of Norway, which is very easy to explore without a car. On this our whirlwind tour through Scandinavia became a pleasant and relaxing journey, on which we comfortably and completely stress-free a first impression of Copenhagen and Oslo could provide. The one that is also interesting Arrival to Copenhagen via the Öresund Bridge, a road trip for which we have collected travel tips.
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Source: own research on site. We thank DFDS for inviting us to this ferry trip. However, our opinion remains our own.
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