One of the highlights of our Scandinavia trip was our overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. We travelled via DFDS Seaways which is a Danish shipping company that operates passenger and freight services across northern Europe. It was a practical choice because it served as our accommodation and transportation in one.
Once we arrived at the port, we checked in with the help of the staff. They printed out our boarding pass that had our room number. Our boarding passes also served as our keys to our room. There were kiosks where you can check-in yourself as well. Before boarding the ship, the staff checked our passports and that was the only manual intervention. There were no luggage restrictions, meaning you can bring with you as much luggage as you like. We then boarded the ship and found our way to our room.
Route: Copenhagen to Oslo
Ship: Pearl Seaways
Departure from: DFDS terminal Copenhagen, 30 Dampfærgevej, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Check-in for passengers travelling with vehicles: Closes 15 minutes prior to
Check-in for foot passengers: Closes 15 minutes prior to departure
Departing: 4:30 PM
Arriving: 09:45 AM the next day
The ship was comfortable in itself. We didn’t even feel when it started moving.
COMMODORE DE LUXE PREMIUM CABIN
We booked a Commodore De luxe Cabin and it was a good decision. Our room had a sea view, unfortunately it was more of the front of the ship than the sea. I have listed the inclusions below for appreciation. Keep in mind that the Commodore Deluxe rooms sell out, so try to book early if you want one.
Rate per night: €279 / GBP 244.4 / USD 316.33 (Rates may vary)
Bedroom for two (2). We had a comfortable sleep with a proper queen size bed with beddings. Only two (2) pillows were provided though.
Bathroom. En suite bathroom with shower and WC, towels, toiletries and hairdryer
Other features. Seating area, sea view, small mini bar
Access to Commodore Deluxe Lounge. Another great option for enjoying the view is the lounge. This area was only accessible to those who booked Commodore Deluxe rooms. It offered complimentary drinks (red wine, softdrinks, juice, coffee, etc.), snacks (i.e. crackers, fruits, pastries), magazines and internet access. It had a small outdoor seating area where we watched the sunset.
Hot buffet breakfast. The next morning, breakfast was served at the Explorer Restaurant. which was a bit more exclusive. For other types of cabins, breakfast is being served at 7 Seas Restaurant. There were plenty of choices and there’s variety which we really liked. We were also seated by the window and the views were fantastic!
Amazing onboard facilities were available and they kept the guests busy and entertained.
Access to jacuzzi and pool. The pool and two (2) jacuzzis were accessible to everyone. I think it was important to mention that the temperature was about 5 degrees that night. 😀 We still did not forego the opportunity to take a dip while cruising the North Sea with strong Scandinavian winds blowing. It was one for the books!
Bars. There were bars on board which are the Navigators Bar (lounge bar), Red+White (wine bar), Columbus Club (night bar), and a champagne bar.
The most interesting one for us was the Sky bar which is an outside deck bar. The outdoor seating at the Sky Bar didn’t quite fill up because it was really cold during the Fall season. There’s plenty of standing room along the rails as well.
Shopping. Guests can also shop tax free at the Sea Shop.
Kids Entertainment. For the parents, you can keep your children busy and entertained.
Coffee Shop. There as an Espresso House on board.
After breakfast, we went outside on the top deck while arriving via Oslo fjord, and it was one of the most beautiful sights on our trip.
The disembarkation was quick. There were buses and taxis waiting outside that brought us to the city center.
We really enjoyed this mini-cruise. Hope this review helps you decide if you want to take it as well.
DFDS Website: https://www.dfds.com/en/passenger-ferries