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  1. The Norwegian government has asked Hurtigruten to reduce its current traffic to the ports between Bodø and Kirkenes (as it was during the spring). This way the two ships currently in service will call in port every three day, insuring the vital transport service that these communities need during winter. This is to be effective from Oct 24th and until further notice, but expected to last for some time, unless the other 13 affected ports in the South protest. I can currently only find info in Norwegian : https://www.nrk.no/nordland/hurtigruten-skal-kun-seile-bodo-kirkenes-pa-kystruten-berg
  2. Usually when they have available cabins you can get an upgrade at boarding but not for free, you have to pay something (less than what it would have cost you originally, but still). I have been upgraded for free a couple of times on a port-to-port journey, I had booked an unspecified inside cabin and got a cabin with a view. But I have their frequent travellers card. I've never been upgraded on a full round trip. However all this was pre-Covid and I don't know if their policy have changed about that especially if the ships are less full.
  3. Offical info on Hurtigruten's website : https://global.hurtigruten.com/practical-information/coronavirus-update/sailings-and-cancellations/
  4. Do you have a link for this, as I can find nothing on the official websites (except info that the list of countries authorised from July 15th will be released on July 10th). Many thanks!
  5. I think this trip is only for German passengers. I guess the hope is that Germany will be on the "allowed" list into Norway from July 15th and Hurtigruten can then introduce port stops.
  6. If Hurtigruten can't give you this confirmation (have you asked them?) I doubt that anyone on this board can. Especially in these times when we are not even sure what will be allowed next week, let alone next year.
  7. Not strictly true. It is possible to land from ships up to 500 passengers, but the landings spots allowed for ships carrying between 200 and 500 passengers are limited. And because of logistics (always less than 100 people ashore at the same time), time ashore from those ships is limited and usually they can only do one landing per day (weather permitting). For instance the two newest Hurtigruten ships (MS Roald Amudsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen), both hybrid ships, will be allowed in Antarctica under the new Polar Code, and carry up to 500 passengers, and passengers can land. But agree with yo
  8. Except in Stanley, where you get some excursions, you do have to go with the flow in the Falklands if you land on smaller islands. You get ashore and walk around and see the wildlife, there isn't much you can organize in advance there. You can pick excursions in Stanley, from the ship or DIY. Spots are usually limited so it can be a good idea to book in advance if you want to do an excursion. If you want to DIY, then be sure that the excursion is cancellable last minute, as it is always possible that the ship will not dock in Stanley on the expected day (weather conditions prevail). Stanley is
  9. Yes exactly. And I've heard (from people who work in Svalbard) that Hurtigruten has been one of the operator pushing hard to allow for cruises to Svalbard to resume this summer, and they are now actually allowed, for ships carrying less than 250 passengers, so I very much expect them to try to run some cruises at least. Of course only the nationalities allowed in Norway will be allowed to enter Svalbard, so as of today June 15th (and at least until July 20th), that means people from Norway (of course), Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and Faroe Islands (and the Swedish
  10. That's only for some ships, not all of them. Hurtigruten's ships comply to the regulations allowing them to keep on sailing to Antarctica (mostly regulations about the type of engine and fuel). That concerns mostly bigger ships that do "cruise-by".
  11. Were did you see that? I do not see this exactly like this on Hurtigruten's webpage and cruises for ships of 250 passengers or less are actually allowed in Svalbard from July 1st, so I'm surprised at least by the cancellation of Svalbard cruises. To be fair that's only for the nationalities allowed in mainland Norway, which currently are only people from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Greenland and Faroe Islands only, so I suppose if you are not from one of those countries then indeed it works as if all cruises are cancelled. But' I'd be curious to know if Hurtigruten is still trying to run some t
  12. That is not up to date : https://www.utl.is/index.php/en/about-directorate-of-immigration/news Restriction to members outside of EU/Schengen may last at least until the end of June. Currently it's possible to enter Iceland from within Europe if you comply to 14 days quarantine, and testing at the airport is to be developed from June 15th : https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2020/06/08/up_to_2_000_tests_a_day/ Many practical questions still remains (such as : what happens if more than 2000 people arrive on a given day?).
  13. As far as I'm aware, there have been no cases in Antarctica. Also Greenland is currently free (the few that got sick have recovered, and the disease has not spread), and there have been no official cases in Svalbard at all (although they are not testing much). There are a handful of places with no current active cases, most are small island with low density population : https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries (sort by "active cases"), but indeed very few places that have not known the virus so far.
  14. Hurtigruten (as most companies) is currently short on staff as they have laid off a very large part of their employees. They probably have to handle thousands of similar claims for refund or rebooking. Time spend reading and replying multiple emails from the same customer asking the same question is time they cannot spend on actually processding the claims. I think this message was sent automatically to all people who have requested refunds because there were some heated discussions on social media from people stating they required communication from Hurtigruten with confirmation that the
  15. The Christmas market in Champs Elysees has been discontinued a couple of years ago (MeHeartCruising it's possible you were at the last edition). The main Christmas Market is now in Tuileries, but it's not 100% guaranteed it will happen again this year. There are some smaller markets around town usually.
  16. These are difficult times for everybody and companies are trying to their best towards their customers and their employees in a situation that changes almost by the hour. Actually, I can't see now any reference to numbers on the webpage (I may not be looking at the right place). I don't see what the customer is losing when they will recoup 100% of their trip money plus some. They are now extending this rebooking offer to voyages up to September 2020, which is a sign that they probably don't see this situation going away any time soon (nor am I). Honestly, if someone's only problem wh
  17. It seems that 2 ships will still be running a shortened route between Bodø and Kirkenes to maintain some traffic in the ports of Northern Norway : https://e24.no/naeringsliv/i/BR1Q69/hurtigruten-stopper-14-av-16-skip
  18. Hurtigruten will stop operations along the Norwegian coast starting today and until April 19th (and expeditions trips cancelled until April 28th). The ships will be gradually taken out of service in the upcoming days. https://global.hurtigruten.com/practical-information/coronavirus-update/ Not very surprising since foreign travellers can't come into Norway and Norwegians are asked to limit travel, but I wonder if that ever happened before?
  19. RA is currently at anchor outside Punta Arenas. Passengers are still on board but not allowed to disembark, so Hurtigruten is trying to find an solution for them. Fram is currently in the Falklands and Hurtigruten may be trying to arrange for passengers to be flown back from there, since they are not allowed in Montevideo which was the original ending of the trip. Maybe RA will join them? Midnatsol was allowed to disembark passengers in Ushuaia on March 15th but the following cruise was cancelled. And apparently Fridtjof Nansen has just disembarked passengers in Portsmouth and will n
  20. People currently cannot travel into Norway, most ports and airports are virtually shut down so currently it's not possible for a foreign passenger to board a Hurtigruten ship, but the ships are still running as a local public transport service. I follow some Hurtigruten passengers FB groups and I have to say I'm extremely impressed by the level of professionalism and communication shown by Hurtigruten at that time. When the travel restriction was put in place by the government, with very little notice, Hurtigruten had 11 ships full of passengers from all around the world and 24 hours to g
  21. I hope this is the right place to put this (official) information for visitors to Norway, otherwise I'll take it elsewhere : Effective immediately, and until March 26th, a 2 weeks quarantine is required for every person arriving in Norway from outside the Nordic countries (including Norwegian national traveling abroad, and even retroactive to people who arrived in Norway since Feb 27th) : https://www.fhi.no/en/news/2020/norwegian-directorate-of-health-implements-the-following-today---from-6-p.m/
  22. Norway is now on lockdown and a 2 weeks quarantine is required for every person arriving from outside the Nordic countries (including Norwegian national traveling abroad), effective immediately (and even retroactive to people who arrived in Norway since Feb 27th) : https://www.fhi.no/en/news/2020/norwegian-directorate-of-health-implements-the-following-today---from-6-p.m/ If you have a trip to Norway plan for this month, this is a clear sign that you should postpone. This is the full link for Hurtigruten's "risk-free rebooking" offer mentioned by Hallasm : https://presse.hurt
  23. Usually there is a tourist map available at the excursion desk (or near the reception), at least for the main cities. When I first started travelling with Hurtigruten, each passenger was given a small booklet about the journey with a few pages for each day : brief historic outline, some local information, the towns visited, the main landmarks along the way... It was a very helpful guide for the trip and I've learnt a lot from it. Then they stop giving it, and now it's still possible to buy it on some ships (in the shop), for about 60 NOK. It comes in different languages. I don't know if i
  24. She's a sister ship to Roald Amundsen, so about 500 passengers on expedition trips.
  25. Even more reason to get medical travel insurance when you come from the US 😉 I actually don't think anyone should travel internationally without medical insurance (but that's me).
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