Posted August 28th, 2009, 08:31 PM
glgolfer: What a find! I have become obsessed with the Northern Lights, having chased them to Iceland and failed, Norway is my next stop! I can't explain it, I just MUST see them, I have been intrigued with them since childhood. anyway, pictures were wonderful and have given me a lot of insight into taking this tour. We would be going with Vantage, as we've done quite a few trips with them and are pleased with the value they offer. A couple of questions:
1. I noticed a lot of snow and white caps....I'm a veteran water rat so that's nothing, but didn't you say you went in Spring???!!!! I'm planning to go in February since that's when optimal viewing for AB is. Has anyone gone this time of year? If so, DID YOU SEE THEM?
It sounds looks like the ships are quite a bit larger than I expected. Did you have any input into your meal times? Also, you mentioned there was no choice in entree....do they have a "default" dish for those of us who cannot eat fish? This could be a serious problem for me.....I'd have to bring a boatload of epipens!!!
Can't wait to hear from you and thanks so much for the wonderful diary and pictures.
I do hope you know that it is going to be COLD in February, on the ship! Not inside, of course, but COLD. They don't call them the "northern lights" for nothing -- they're best seen in winter
. So be prepared to be cold!
And no, there is no "default" dish, and if you are allergic to fish, you'd better be medically prepared, as fish is a very common food in Norway, and in that part of the world. Fish in one form or another is available at almost every meal.
We're going on a Hurtigruten cruise in April, 2010..and it'll still be cold, then!
I've cruised on Princess, Carnival, HAL,
NCL, Hurtigruten and a couple of even smaller lines in the past. HAL is (for now) my favorite!