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  1. We have just been informed as follows regarding our itinerary on the Amundsen from Nome to Vancouver: Our Alaskan consultant has advised us that the US authorities have made additional restrictions on the use of foreign zodiacs within the US boundaries. Two islands were eliminated from our schedule and replaced by Popof Island which apparently has a port. We are trying to find out whether this means that there will be no zodiak outings for the entire sailing? My guess is yes, which would be a huge disappointment since landings and zodiac outings were very much advertised. A pity that Hurtigruten failed to check this beforehand.
  2. Your point is very valid regarding the number of passengers and landings. In particular it will be interesting how this ship will fare in Antarctica where, as you know, according to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) only 100 passengers can disembark at a time which means passengers on ships carrying more than 200 won't be able to disembark every day. In addition, ships with more than 500 people may not land at all. One wonders whether passengers who are booked to Antarctica on the Amundsen are aware of this restriction?
  3. Thanks for the additional information. However, no matter what the reason is, it is outrageous treatment for the cost passengers pay for these sailings. We have written to Hurtigruten and strongly objected and made it clear that had better not be the new normal. I would seriously recommend asking for a refund for the non-use of your cabin for the entire 6 nights you paid for.
  4. Thank you Terry and Mike for the detailed report on your Amundsen experience. We are quite disappointed and concerned and can only echo SarniaLo's hope that these are merely teething problems. Hopefully you will ensure that Hurtigruten receives your feedback and will accordingly take appropriate action wherever possible. Having been Hurtigruten passengers for several years on expedition-type sailings, we have found that unlike National Geographic ships where the expedition team and crew members sit at dining tables with passengers, the Hurtigruten team seem to be more isolated by sitting at their own tables and are generally less easily approachable. The most egregious event that you describe, however, is being told to vacate your cabin the night before disembarkation - a totally unacceptable practice which will hopefully not be the accepted rule.
  5. Really look forward to hearing about your adventure! Glad to see the ship is underway.
  6. Yes, right now it is moored offshore near Bodo. Doing any maiden voyage is dicey as we experienced on the Spitsbergen. It too was delayed several times and caused us to make flight changes not to mention a lot of the workings of the ship were simply not ready for passengers.
  7. Sorry, but i given the uncertainty experienced by the delayed and inconvenienced passengers, showing a planned itinerary instead of the actual ship's tracking, is misleading and helps no one.
  8. TUE 10:02 AM Here is the latest info from Hurtigruten's FB. Probably the only way passengers are likely to find out what is happening but typically vague. What exactly does a few days later mean?? Hallasm's tracking map is truly a mystery. Hi! The maiden voyage of MS Roald Amundsen is now set to start a few days later, in MS Roald Amundsen’s home port of Tromsø. After voyaging north to North Cape and exploring Kirkenes near the Russian border, the maiden voyage will head south and take the guests to carefully selected highlights along the Norwegian coast, including the Lofoten islands. Guests booked on the original maiden voyage are offered to be transferred to the new maiden voyage at a favorable price. Hurtigruten will cover their possible Hamburg travel costs as well as their flights for Norway.
  9. Can someone explain Hallasm's tracking map if the ship is still showing in Floro this morning, June 27?
  10. I would be very interested in knowing which site provided the above tracking. AIS, Marine Traffic, Ship Finder etc are still showing the Amundsen in Floro. Thanks
  11. This total lack of timely communication to Hurtigruten passengers is totally to be expected. Their public relations is going to take another hit since they seem to seriously lack any idea of how to work in such a competitive market. I am very sorry for those passengers who have been affected by this fiasco and will now have to make other arrangements for flights etc to catch up with the ship.
  12. According to the ship finder today, June 25, the Amundsen is still located at the shipyard in Floro, Norway. It is supposed to sail on June 27. It would be nice to get a status report.
  13. The latest information from Hurtigruten is that June 27 will be the ship's first sailing date. The ship, according to my research, is currently at the Flora shipyard having sailed there recently from Kleven. In our experience over the years sailing with Hurtigruten, it continues to be difficult, and yes, frustrating, trying to get reliable information. A case in point, the launching of the MS Spitsbergen a few years ago was delayed several times and communication with passengers was sorely lacking. Not to mention the mishandling of the failed Northwest Passage transit on the Fram in Sept of 2018 which was reported by numerous passengers on this site. Despite all that, we still love the ships, their itineraries and their amazing crew members. Hopefully the Amundsen will manage to transit the NW Passage this year as planned.
  14. Many thanks. Good to know that! Is it logical to assume that this balcony would be partially covered?
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