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  1. Correct - because of the scenic  fjord sailing and view points. Both located in the southern part of Norway and accessible at a 7 night cruise from Copenhagen, Southampton or Amsterdam. Princess has scenic sailings and view points at Skjolden and Olden comparable with Geiranger. However Geiranger is UNESCO Heritage Site and also the Seven Sisters Waterfall.  Flåm also has the railway.

    In addition Princess has Lofoten Islands which rarely are visited by cruise ships - Very beautiful islands - might also be able to navigate Trollfjord and then North Cape (Honningsvåg) - and most importantly the Midnight Sun during June and July.


  2. I Europe and transatlantic this non-stop versus direct flight is irrelevant - I fully know the difference in meaning but I’m not aware of any Direct European / transatlantic operations not being non-stop - no need to be embarrassed. Also many flight search engines are operating with the term direct rather than non-stop.
    - on the subject transfer of luggage the luggage will always be checked in to final destination and no need for pick-up and re-check-in at EUropean airports if same reservation - for sure not Needed if Star Alliance.

    I cannot  recommend to purchase different legs of the journey on separate Reservation - you’ll need at least three hours and in case of delay/cancellation of the first flight your connection is lost - if same reservation you’ll be rerouted or automatically get a reservation on a later flight.

    I have been flying business and private from Copenhagen to various airports in US - often via Frankfurt or Munich.


  3. yes, the station is quite close to the quay, but they depend on whether your ship is docked and whether there are many other ships that day.  
    Remember to book tickets as the early departures will be sold out quickly.  
    More i formation and booking at Visit Flåm where tickets will be available earlier (6 months) or at vy.no where tickets are available 90 days in advance. 

    The train ride takes about three hours sp there will be time for other activities.

  4. 1 hour ago, bluesea777 said:

    Same here, plus we have 2 trips booked with them for Dec 2020 (that we sadly are going to cancel anyway because we are not ready for air travel (long hauls) until well into 2021.

    You’re probably right about long haul travel but for your information MS Trollfjord and MS Kong Harald is still sailing. The Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes is not cancelled - but things can change. Coastal Voyages have been sailing with limited capacity for a while without any problems.

    Only the current expedition cruises operated by MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen og MS Spitsbergen are cancelled.

  5. 37 minutes ago, K32682 said:

    More on Hurtigruten.  From bad to worse

    Please note that NOT all nformation in this article is correct.


    "But since the cruise line often acts like a local ferry, traveling from port to port along Norway's west coast, some passengers disembarked along the route and may have spread the virus to local communities."


    MS Roald Amundsen is an expedition ship only and has not acted as a local ferry  - people did not disembark along the route! She did sail expedition cruise from Tromsø to Svalbard, and did not stop at any ports in Norway or Svalbard. Still bad that so many people got infected and after disembarkation travelled to their homes.

    Hurtigruten has ships acting like a ferry service  -  currently seven ships at the Coastal Voyage service from Bergen to Kirkenes. No problems with Covid-19 on those ships.


    Here is a link to an article Ten reasons the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the Hurtigruten cruise ship Roald Amundsen is controversial


  6. 4 hours ago, luxecruisers said:

    Interesting to know some of the nationalities that were allowed on board .

    From July 15 people from most EU countries can enter a Norway - hence they can board the Hurtigruten ship.

    There were some passengers from Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Estonia.

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