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  1. On 4/9/2021 at 9:02 PM, AF-1 said:

    Hi can you tell me which cruise line ships have the virtual balcony cabins.  I would like to see a few on youtube; but don't know which lines have them.  Thanks and have a great weekend

    All Royal Caribbean ‘Quantum Class’  Ships  (Quantum, Anthem, Ovation) - the view is real time from cameras located  either  port og starboard side - see at 1:23 minutes in the video


  2. Time of visit is not important, I have been there in February and September can be visited all year round.  I stayed at a hotel in Reykjavik and had rented a car.

     Pre-booking is required - so there is control over how many guests.  Visits are evenly distributed during opening hours.
     In Iceland, everything is clean - there are very nice conditions in the Blue Lagoon.  No problems.

    The ponds get the water from a geothermal power plant. In the fenced area the temperature is kept at a constant 37-39 ° Celsius ( 99 - 102° F). They keep the temperature constant by pouring cold pour into the ponds ..

     I have enjoyed my trips to the Blue Lagoon.


  3. 31 minutes ago, Homerody said:


    As for customer service - I see your point.  And as I've said in another thread  - I am willing to give Hurtigruten some latitude and time for slow response time.  At the same time, however, that reservoir of good will is not limitless.  At some point, Hurtigruten's slow/lack of response will have a negative impact on customers including me. 

    Admittedly, Hurtigruten has not had the best customer service.
     It is fine with competition on the route and the Havila ships have a nice design and significantly better layout.

  4. 13 hours ago, Homerody said:

    As for Havila, they may not have ships running yet - but their booking and customer service departments are functional and respond to email inquires in a very speedy fashion. 

    Sorry - I misunderstood your Port-to-Port reference.
    Of course, the Norwegian authorities only allow the necessary transport along the coast.  Same guidelines for Havila if the situation has not changed in July.

    It is not possible to compare the two companies' customer service at present - Hurtigruten has seven ships in operation and reduced staff. Havila has been open for bookings from July 6 - only two out of four ships - and these two ships have not even been delivered yet.

     I doubt that Havila has many bookings and therefore not that many inquiries.

  5. 7 hours ago, stephensfamily5 said:

    Hallasm, thanks for the videos.  It gives me a better idea of what we will be facing.

    You’re welcome. 
    I have disembarked in the last port sometimes - technically possible, in Santorini, but a plan B is needed in case the port is canceled.  If you wait until after lunch to get off the tables there will not be many with the tender boat and no queue at the cable car.

    Nice Island when not too many tourists.


  6. I do not know when you had booked a Hurtigruten port-to-port voyage, but I doubt that it would be possible to travel into Norway at all.

    When Havila starts operating is still an open question. It is not only Hurtigruten that has had delayed delivery of ships - Havila initially only gets two of four ships and it is not yet known when it will be possible to book voyages. So far not possible to book on-line.

    I do not think anyone yet have been able to  book a Havila voyage.


  7. Founder of Norwegian Airshuttle, Bjørn Kjos, is taking another run at the low-cost long-haul market. He and other investors have set up a new airline after Norwegian Airshuttle decided earlier this year to exit the long-haul routes.


    Norse Atlantic Airways’ has ambitious plans to fill the gap in the market left by Norwegian’s decision to exit long-haul routes. The carrier plans to operate a fleet of Boeing 787s, potentially those that were previously operated by Norwegian.


    Tickets are expected to be available for sale in fall 2021 and the first flight is expected to take off in December 2021.



  8. .... and the not so good news: Iceland is on high alert for a possible volcano eruption on the south-western peninsula near the capital Reykjavik.

    More than 20,000 earthquakes have occurred in recent weeks in an area that hasn't seen volcanic activity for the past 800 years.

  9. 18 minutes ago, karen11g said:

    Anyone booking Hurtigruten is covered by The Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund in case of bankruptcy, plus travel insurance likely covers it as well.

    Not necessarily -  you are not covered if you purchase a voyage only - you need to purchase a ‘package holiday’ including at least two elements like voyage + hotel or voyage + flight. Might also cover for voyage + airport transfer but I do not know all the details.

    The coverage is in accordance with The Package Travel Directive (2015/2302/EU) protecting European travellers' rights when booking package holidays

  10. 20 hours ago, Zach1213 said:

    Would you consider breaking it up?

    I also have a hard time with long flights and always try to make stops along the way, use alternative modes of transport or reposition cruises.  
    Some examples are a few days stop in Iceland between the US and Europe - some days in Dubai, Singapore or Panama. Alternative is trains from Chicago to San Francisco instead of flying all the way from Europe to California.
    Often try to combine vacation with a reposition cruise between Europe and the US, Europe to Dubai and Singapore or Singapore to Hong Kong.

  11. Just for information as you are planning your cruise in late 2022.
    The European Union has created a ETIAS visa waiver program to protect and strengthen its borders. 
    The ETIAS visa waiver program will be needed to enter a Schengen member country. By the end of 2022, all visitors that currently do not need a visa to enter The Schengen area will be expected to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.
    You will not need an ETIAS authorization to enter UK but it is expected to be required for your planned cruise by end 2022.

  12. On 3/7/2021 at 12:04 PM, comcox said:

    Do the inside cabins above (deck 6) or below (deck 4) get any noise from the restaurant areas?  I've an early to bed type (like by 9 pm).

     I have had a cabin with a similar location just above the dining room on MS Trollfjord - absolutely no problems.  Do not expect problems below dining room neither. There's probably a door out to the promenade deck aft of the ship - so you might want to avoid the rear cabins.

    Hurtigruten is not known for high music or entertainment and for sure not in the dining room.

    Interesting when UK opens up to travelers - as MS Maud mainly visits British ports it will be possible for Britons to join - so maybe they skip Ireland


  13. As ships are very different please specify ship(s) - might also depend on itinerary.
    At the Norwegian coastal voyage you should avoid port side cabins  - there will be noise from cargo gates and gangway when ship has port stops during night.

    In general Hurtigruten ships are very quiet.

  14. Very expensive option - Make booking yourself - easy to book two nights at hotel in Oslo and the train ride. Train tickets available at vy.no 90 days prior to travel - very scenic train ride  - if possible you can make a detour from Myrdal to Flåm - preferably stay in the Flåm area for a night  - also stay in Bergen few days either pre- or post cruise. Very nice city.

    What time of the year and which itinerary of your Viking cruise?

  15. Thank you for sharing full text. This indicates that this information has only been sent to guests who have purchased MS Fram and MS Midnatsol voyages from the North America office - information is only available at hurtigruten.com - not on any other Hurtigruten web.  Probably to meet US / Canarian rules.

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