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  1. Yes, Proseco is included. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  2. Check out the discussion in https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url=https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2674596-air-arrangements-from-bergen/&share_tid=2674596&share_fid=24703&share_type=t Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  3. There is a private porter service that you can hire to transport your luggage between Oslo and Bergen (hotel to hotel), which is great if you're taking the Flåm detour. We sent four suitcases (picked up at our hotel in Oslo), leaving us each with a quite small bag for our train ride, overnight in Flåm, and fjord cruise. Suitcases were waiting for us in our hotel room in Bergen when we arrived the next evening. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  4. My perspective on our recent trip to Norway was that it was likely to be a once in a lifetime experience, so we decided to give ourselves plenty of time. We spent 3 nights in Oslo, which may have been one more than necessary, one night in Flåm (Flåmsbrygga - excellent) and two nights in Bergen prior to boarding. You'll want to consider what time you'll be arriving each place. We flew into Oslo from London on an early morning flight, so we actually had some time in Oslo our first day. If you're arriving late in the day, you won't have much time for exploring your first day. We spent a full day exploring Oslo and surrounding areas. Our other full day was somewhat rainy, so we didn't accomplish as much, but it was nice to have options. We left Oslo right after breakfast and arrived in Flåm around 2:30 in the afternoon. The Flåm railway is quite special, and Flåm is a beautiful little fjord village - especially after the cruise ships leave. We took the second (NiaN) ferry out of Flåm so we could have a leisurely breakfast. The ride through the fjords was wonderful. Following the subsequent bus and remaining train ride, we arrived in Bergen around 4pm. Having two nights in Bergen gave us a full day to explore Bergen prior to boarding around 10am following a leisurely breakfast, with a little more time in the Bryggen on embarkation day. With ship's pre-cruise, you'll be more rushed in both Oslo and Bergen, and you'll miss Flåm and the Flåm railway. If you're not spending a night in Bergen, you'll probably be arriving later on embarkation day after many other pax have already boarded. And it was really easy to plan and book the NiaN online. Doing it over, I might've spent one less night in Oslo so we could've spent an extra night in Flåm - especially if our day in Flåm would have been cruise ship free. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  5. Excellent! Thank you! And here's you guys arriving in the morning: Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. I'll second DIY Oslo to Bergen. I absolutely LOVED this part of our vacation. Not knowing exactly when you'll be there, if it's June to August, you may consider 2 nights in Flåm. And spend time in Oslo and Bergen for leisurely exploring as well. The Viking pre-cruise just doesn't give you any real time to explore. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. @capriccio, We were also at Honningsvåg with you on 22 June, but we were on "the other ship" that day. We did the afternoon Blue Puffin tour. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  8. Tourism in northern Norway is highly seasonal, and especially as remote as Honningsvåg, they don't tend think about next season until the springtime starts to roll around. Try contacting them by email now. If you don't get hold of them now, it may be months before you get a reply. They just don't check email very often during the off-season. It really is a different way of life way up north. They have websites out of modern necessity, but honestly I think they prefer a more personal communication with their customers. If you let them know now you're interested in next year, they'll likely get back to you when they start figuring ot their plans. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  9. Definitely Blue Puffin over DIY in Honningsvåg. The half-day tour was wonderful, as others have noted. And definitely wear plenty of layers for Nordkapp. I'd regretted packing gloves for our late-June trip this year, as we had beautiful weather everywhere. Nordkapp was the only time I needed them, and I was glad I had them. In Lofoten we did a Trollfjord excursion (ship's charter) that was wonderful. We docked at Leknes, and the excursion was out of Svolvaer, and the ship provided bus transport, but if you could find a way to do a tour like this, I'd recommend it. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  10. While we didn't stay in a room across from the laundry, (though I did spend some time in the 5th floor laundry) I can tell you that there shouldn't be any congregating, and the rooms are quite well insulated from sounds in the hallways. I also recall reading a post many months ago from someone who DID stay in a room across from the laundry, saying that they were not affected by noise from it. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. 1000 GT seems really low. 100 pax "yacht" class ships are >4000 GT. Even river cruise boats are >3000 GT. 1000 GT means there will only be passenger ferries or small private yachts. The lightweight carbon-fiber electric fjord ferries in Norway are 770 GT. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  12. Thank you for the link. I think that helps clarify it for me a bit. The "electric powered" ships are not pure electric (i.e. battery powered; plug in to charge), but rather hybrids (with cleaner engines). I still take issue with calling this a "first hybrid cruise ship" on a technicality, since the vast majority of ships are already hybrid powered, since their fossil fuel engines produce electricity to drive electric propulsion motors. I guess the key differentiator is the addition of battery storage, enabling propulsion even with the engines turned off. And that would indeed be a significant challenge for larger ships, as the space to store enough energy (in batteries) to support those ships would be significant. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  13. I've been following discussions about the Heritage Fjords restrictions for a while, and the "only electrical propulsion" statement is confusing. Aren't all cruise ships using electric propulsion already? The screw is turned by an electric motor. The only question is where does the motor get its electricity from, and the answer for most cruise ships is "a big, dirty engine that runs on variable quality bunker oil." Newer ships will use a LNG-powered engine to make the electricity, which arguably would improve but not eliminate the ship's emissions. A truly electric vessel will still have to get its electricity from somewhere and store it in batteries onboard. The ferries that run between Flåm and Gudvangen are, I believe, considered electric-powered. Where do they get their electricity? Do they plug them in at night like an electric car? Do the cruise ports in those fjords (Geiranger, Flåm) have the ability to allow a cruise ship to plug in and recharge? I would think it theoretically possible for a bunker oil powered cruise ship to add a boatload (pardon the pun) of batteries, and potentially shut down the engines for sailing into the fjords, running the motors off stored energy in the batteries. But there would still be the issue of powering the "hotel" portion of the ship while in the Fjords, which would require the port to provide a LOT of electricity to docked (or moored) ships. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  14. You may need to periodically log out and log back in, NOT using the login saved for you by Tapatalk, but re-entering your info on the CC login page, and then hit "Done" at the top. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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