Stavanger has since 2007 been among the fastes growing ports of calls for cruise ships in Europe, north of Gibraltar.
In 2013 Stavanger had 197 cruise calls, - up 30 from the year before. This, a long with over 340.000 cruise guests, made Stavanger the second biggest cruise port in Norway in 2013.
A varied range of excursions are based on both history and wild landscape. Highly qualified guides handle 27 different languages.
In 2010 Stavanger was rated one of the world's two, second best cruise destinations, by "Seatrade Insider".
Stavanger was "European Capital of Culture" in 2008.
- The city centre: a wide range of shopping possibilities. "Gamle Stavanger", the old town, just a few short walk from the quay. One of northern Europe’s best preserved wooden built neighbourhoods.
- A boat trip is one way to see the majestic Lysefjord famous for the ‘Preikestolen’ or Pulpit Rock , which towers 600m above the fjord and Kjerag which is 1,100m.
- Canning: How sardines were smoked and canned. Maritime: Maritime and commercial history. Archaeological: 1.500 years of cultural heritage. Oil Museum: The petroleum adventure in the North Sea
- The giant bolder formation Gloppedalen, The medieval monastery Utstein Kloster. A rebuilt Viking village. The Viking Sword monument and Iron Age farm with the lovely view of the town and region.