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  1. Hi all, I'm just starting to look at Hurtigruten for a potential trip in 2022 (because if I can't travel, I can at least PLAN travel, right?). I'm pretty confused because I see a few options on their website--the traditional coastal trip with the 34 short port stops, and then these other expedition itineraries going from Bergen to Honningsvåg round-trip, with longer stays in a smaller number of ports. These are the ones called "On the Cusp of Spring," "Summer Along the Coastline," etc., on the US site. These latter itineraries are interesting to me because it seems like they have some aspects of regular cruising, with meals included, longer port stops, etc., but are more focused on the journey instead of the casino and belly flop contests! The reason I'm confused is that I can't find any reviews, trip reports, or even more concrete info (such as port timings etc.) on these. I see that when people ask about doing more of a typical cruise on this line, the response is invariably that Hurtigruten is made up of working ships and it's a ferry system, etc., and that wasn't my impression for these expeditions. I'm wondering if I've misunderstood what this itinerary actually is, or if it's a new offering or something? I have more specific questions about this trip particularly but wanted to check my overall understanding first!
  2. I'm curious about this too; they didn't even stamp our passports on our last Hong Kong layover (and we left the airport!) so it may not be easy for them to tell, and I'm not sure a cruise line would get ready access to a governmental system like immigration data.
  3. I stayed in 8586 in August 2019 and had similar noise concerns, but I was happy to find that the fire doors were closed every night by 9pm. We were never in the room during the day to comment on that noise, but I can confirm that we had no trouble sleeping.
  4. It's a bit frustrating because it's also a self-fulfilling situation. They moved MTD so that it starts later than many would prefer. This leads some guests to switch to early dining (my family did so on our upcoming cruise on Harmony, even though we don't love the idea of eating at 5pm). This switching then makes RCL think that early dining is so popular that they need to continue holding back room and keep MTD starting so late. We would much prefer to eat around 6 but that's simply not an option in the MDR.
  5. I just used Valizo today, as we disembarked and had a late (5pm) flight. It all went smoothly. They strongly encourage you to use the traditional disembarkation and not walk your own bags off as they don't want to spend the time meeting you in the terminal. Also the terminal staff wasn't aware of the arrangement and told us that no one is allowed inside and we should take our bags ourselves and meet Valizo outside instead. This is not true, as we were approaching our bags we saw someone with a Valizo vest grab them so we knew they would be fine. We got to the airport a little earlier than planned, easily found the office and retrieved our luggage. They did say that sometimes no one is in the office so you can't count on picking them up at a different time than booked. Overall I would use them again for the convenience involved but I did wish they were a bit friendlier in communications, but maybe that's just an American view of customer service. I was very happy to not be one of the cruisers trying to fit an enormous luggage in the aisle of the public bus though!
  6. Fantastic! Thanks for reporting back for future travelers.
  7. No, we plan to take a taxi to the train station and take the train ourselves.
  8. We're stopping in Fredericia this year and are planning to visit Jelling. Hopefully I'll remember to report back. I think the itinerary next year is a little different, but for our cruise, we chose this because it's the only stop where we'll be venturing out into the countryside--most other days will be spent either touring a city or walking through some sort of "Old Town" area. We're planning to visit the Café Sejd in Jelling too, looks pretty charming. We did want to try the bridgewalking but they aren't offering a tour in English on our day.
  9. Also this is the Airluggage email I received if anyone's curious:
  10. I was disappointed to receive an email today that my Airluggage booking is being cancelled as the company is ceasing operations. Nothing is on their website yet and my cruise doesn't arrive in Copenhagen until August so maybe it's not immediate. I'm looking for alternatives as our flight leaves at 5:00 pm on disembarkation day. I found Valizo which is a similar delivery service, but it seems like they have a flat fee for up to 4 bags and we only have 2 so it's nearly twice the cost of our Airluggage booking. Otherwise, I found Luggage Hero or BagBNB, which seem to rent spaces in existing businesses to store your luggage (really cool idea but unfamiliar to me!). The drawback is that we'd still be taking our big suitcases on the bus and metro which we'd been hoping to avoid. I'm sure the Central Station has luggage storage but we weren't planning on going in that area on that day and there's the same transportation issue. Are there any other services like Airluggage and Valizo that would pick luggage up at the pier and transport to the airport while we sightsee?
  11. If I book directly through RCCL, will the fare information be available through the website for anyone who links the reservation? I'm planning to take a couple of family members along on my next trip and I want them to be able to access cruise planner to make entertainment reservations and get ideas for shore excursions etc, but I don't really want them to click on the "make a payment" link and see how much balance is outstanding if I'm footing the bill! Same question goes for booking through a travel agent--my understanding is that it's not possible to make online payments in that case but is the link still active? Obviously they can find out the cost if they want to, it would just be nice to have some kind of discretion around it.
  12. I was just checking this myself and I'm pumped to see that I'll be there for Lauryn Hill! That being said, I think we're more interested in seeing the Tivoli Gardens atmosphere at night and the concert is just a bonus. What's the best plan if we arrive late afternoon and want to walk around, grab dinner, ride the ferris wheel, and catch a little bit of the concert?
  13. When I contacted the bigger agencies for a private tour, it wasn't a great experience either. I sent a specific email with what I wanted to see, what I wanted to skip, and noted unusual pieces like wanting to go to the Hermitage late on Wednesday to see the peacock clock winding. All three of the more popular agencies responded with what looked like a form email listing their standard 3 day itinerary and didn't customize it for my requests. I ended up booking through a smaller company that's rarely mentioned here but well reviewed on other sites, mainly because they were the ones who actually read my request and sent me info that matched what I was looking for and were fantastic throughout the customization process. Don't feel like you have to pick from the companies that are recommended here the most frequently. It seems some companies pay for these recommendations in the form of discounts, so there will always be a bias toward those.
  14. I've been keeping an eye on prices and availability for our July/August cruise on Serenade in the hopes I can talk my husband into upgrading. Right now, it's showing only guarantee cabins available for 2 people, but if I search for 3 people, lots of availability opens up (except suites). We are still five months out but I'm wondering if any of those higher capacity cabins ever become available for 2 people, and if so, what kind of timeframe to expect for that? I completely understand why they're holding them at this point. Do I just need to cross my fingers for a Royal Up offer?
  15. I'm happy to see a 2019 thread! You've been so helpful in past years. I have a couple of questions about public transit: 1) If I buy the citypass via the website or app, would I just show the pass on my mobile phone to the bus driver? How does it work when taking the metro? 2) Is there anywhere near Oceankaj to purchase a paper citypass ticket? 3) One site I read presented the harbor busses as an alternative to the canal cruises. Would you agree? It seems the route is shorter and of course the narration would be missing. And one unrelated to transit--my ship is docking on a Friday and has an overnight in Copenhagen. Our flight leaves at 5pm on Saturday. I would love to see Tivoli Gardens lit up at night but I understand that there are concerts on Friday nights, so tickets are more expensive and there are more people. Would it be better to go during the day in this case for lower crowds? We aren't planning to ride many rides.
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