Trip log, day zero. Orlando > London > Copenhagen.
11-Night North Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Cruise on Disney Magic – Itinerary A
June 28, 2015
The 15-months wait is over. We packed up our bags and headed to Orlando International Airport for our flight to Copenhagen to board the Disney Magic for a very unique 11-Night North Norwegian Fjords and Iceland (and Scotland) cruise.
Our journey to Copenhagen started at 9:35 PM on Saturday with just under an 8-hour flight from Orlando to London-Gatwick airport, followed by a 90-minute connecting flight to Copenhagen. The best thing I did was set my clock to London time as soon as we boarded the plane. Emily was adament that we try to sleep right away rather than watch a movie or four from the Dreamliner’s rather extensive movie library.
Going to sleep was the logical choice, but the lights stayed on for a few hours with dinner served around midnight. Thanks to a couple of Benadryl I was able to fall asleep for maybe 3 solid hours, which left me just enough time to watch all but the last minute of Interstellar.
Our connecting flight arrived in Copenhagen a little after 4PM on Sunday and we were in a taxi and on the way to our hotel by 5PM. The room we had at the Adina Hotel was more like a one bedroom apartment with kitchen, main area with pull out couch, bedroom with twin beds and a bathroom with a washer and dryer.
It had been almost 24 hours since we all last had a real meal & just across the street from the hotel was pizza place. Yes, that is the second cruise in a row where we did not eat at a restaurant with local cuisine. At least this time we at a non-chain restaurant, Tio Mario’s. I guess you could say that we made progress over Señor Frogs in San Juan. Dinner was terrific.
This was not a restaurant that served the small ‘European’ portions – my calzone was huge & delicious. I did have a local beer with my calzone. Emily & Isabelle had pizza, and although the waiter said they were small individual size, they could’ve easily have split one. Emily had a glass of house wine, which was an Italian wine.
After dinner, we split up. The ladies went back to the hotel while I walked over to see The Little Mermaid statue and walk around Kastellet, Copenhagen.
The walk from the Adina hotel to the Mermaid statue was about 10 minutes.
I imagined this area would be busting with more people, but it felt empty on a Sunday night. Oh — I guess that I should mention that sunset was about 10:30 PM local time. This makes sightseeing a little easier when darkness does not limit your time.
Around 8:30 PM, I arrived back at the hotel and Isabelle was already fast asleep quickly catching up on the lost sleep from the plane. After a refreshing shower, I fell immediately asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
Complete Trip Log Index
- Day 0 – Orlando > London > Copenhagen
- Day 1– Copenhagen, Denmark
- Day 2 – Oslo, Norway
- Day 3 – Kristiansand, Norway
- Day 4 – Stavanger, Norway
- Day 5 – Sea
- Day 6 – Reykjavik, Iceland
- Day 7 – Reykjavik, Iceland
- Day 8 – Akureyri, Iceland
- Day 9 – Sea
- Day 10 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
- Day 11 – Sea & Day 12 – Debarkation Day in Dover
Wow, I can’t believe those photos were taken at 10:30pm!
Scott, Thanks for letting us follow your family on this trip, can’t wait to see your journey. Pictures are great!
Thanks so much for sharing. Have a terrific time and hope to see more. Michael McKenzie
Enjoy Oslo, lovely place. Get your next beer from a bar & not from a can.
Thanks for posting and describing your journey on the Magic bringing her to the UK and nearer Barcelona where my DD and I will be sailing on her in August.
I’m so jealous! It’s been so long since I’ve been to Norway, my home country. I want to go back so badly but just can’t afford it right now…not to mention my fear of international travel with all the scary stuff happening in the world. I will have to settle with living vicariously through your trip! I can’t wait to see the pictures…lots and lots of Norway pictures, please! :o)
Yes, thank you for providing us with your daily travel log!
So happy for you and your family! Looking forward to hearing all about your journey. Have so much fun!!! Cheers!
Thank you Kira.
Your trip looks wonderful. We are hoping to book a 12 night cruise through norway, and iceland next June 17. What was the weather like everywhere?
Europe was experiencing a heat wave at the beginning of the cruise. I would suggest picking clothes to wear in layers.
Is it ever swimmable weather cruising Iceland and Norway in mid to late June?