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This is how a company Christmas lunch goes on the Oslo boat

If you hold the Christmas lunch on the Oslo boat, it is not only a Christmas lunch, but a mini trip full of experiences. Read here how the Christmas lunch trip can go.

Almost 46 hours, as long as the Christmas lunch trip with the Oslo boat lasts, and the moment you go on board, all participants leave everyday life behind. There is no one to go home early and no one to go on in the city. A Christmas lunch trip with the Oslo boat ensures a gathering of employees and creates a unique basis for strengthening the social cohesion in the company.

But what can the program for such a trip really look like?

Read also: How to succeed with the company Christmas lunch on the Oslo boat

Below you can see an example of how the program can be pieced together.

It is entirely up to you how you as a planner will do it, which activities, restaurants and games you think fit the composition of your colleagues.

You can use the program below as inspiration or a starting point for your own program.


11:30 Welcome aboard!

The company gathers for a refreshment in one of our conference rooms at the top of the ship with a good view. Here you can use the time to either present the program for the trip, the company's future plans or perhaps develop new strategies in a workshop? It does not do anything that has a little professional content in the program before the fun begins.

14:00 Departure and free play

While the Oslo boat leaves from the quay in Copenhagen and sets course north, you spend the afternoon exploring the ship's many possibilities and perhaps shopping in the tax-free shop on board, which always guarantees a 20% discount on many well-known goods.

19:00 Start the festivities in Red & White Winebar

The wine bar offers wine, beer, rum and whiskey tastings, and it is a good way to get started on the taste buds as well as the talking clothes early in the evening. It provides a shared experience and there is a good opportunity to learn something new about the selected drink.

20:30 The Christmas lunch begins

The company meets in the restaurant and explores the large Scandinavian Christmas buffet with Nordic delicacies and classic dishes. Good wine, beer and water are served.

__22:00 The Christmas lunch continues ... __

After dinner, the party continues in the nightclub with live band and lots of colorful drinks. The nightclub Columbus Club forms the perfect setting, so you can dance, party, talk and have fun all night long.

Time-really-late: To bed

When you have a hard time keeping your eyes open, you can retreat to your cabin and take advantage of the bunk's soft mattress to make sure you get something out of the next day as well.


08:30 Dawn dawns

The employees sprinkle into the restaurant for breakfast, consisting of a delicious and varied breakfast buffet, while you enjoy the sunrise over the mountain-filled landscape during the spectacular entry through the Oslo Fjord.

09:30 Gathering of the troops

The boat arrives in Oslo at 09:00, and this is where you will find the program for the day's experiences and activities.

__09:00 - 12:00 Full throttle in Oslo __

In the capital of Norway, there are plenty of opportunities to play tourist, visit sights, museums and shop, but there is also plenty of time to include a professional kick-in or team-building activities.

Consider making "survival packages" for the participants with, for example, city maps, bottled water, an umbrella and a snack for the trip around Oslo. The package may also include a quiz or treasure hunt that employees must complete during the day.

__Here is a selection of sights and activities: __

  • Visit Frognerparken with 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.
  • Take a walk along Oslo's main shopping street Karl Johans gate and take a look at the Royal Palace. Take a trip to “Mathallen”, Oslo's food and delicatessen market.
  • Try "GPS Adventure" which sends groups around Oslo with tasks on a tablet, which must be solved together. Especially obvious if it is a trip with a focus on team building and cooperation.
  • Visit to Holmenkollen ski jump and museum - fantastic views, cable car and the possibility of cross-country skiing.
  • Take the opportunity to visit a company in Norway that is related to your industry. Maybe you have customers in Norway, colleagues or even competitors that you can visit.

12:00 Back on the ship

Collection of the day's activities in cozy surroundings and a good cup of coffee from the Espresso House or maybe a cocktail in the Navigators Bar.

16:30 - 19:00 Relaxation

After a long night and a day on your feet in Oslo, it is nice to be able to relax and maybe take a nap or use the time for a visit to the wellness area. A trip in the jacuzzi, massage or a facial really makes the body relax.

19:00 Dinner at Explorer Restaurant

There are several restaurants to choose from, but here in the example, the last night on board offers a juicy steak.

21:00 -?

Continue the evening and the good atmosphere in, for example, Navigators Bar, where there is room for both good drinks and present conversations.

## DAY 3

07:00 The last stanza

The trip is coming to an end, and all that is left is to enjoy the breakfast buffet, while Sweden and Denmark glide by. Shortly after Kronborg is sailed aft, it is time to pack the last belongings and turn our nose towards the gangway.

09:00 Arrival in Copenhagen

Landing and then it's time for the last “thanks for the trip” before everyone goes their separate ways, hopefully filled up with good experiences and a stronger social bond with colleagues and management.

If you need help putting together the program for your Christmas lunch trip with the Oslo boat, you can contact DFDS customer service and hear more about the possibilities.

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