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FYI - It looks like HAL, Norwegian are both...
FYI - It looks like HAL, Norwegian are both staying in the Baltic into September and are showing some reasonably discounted fares. Princess has a few later sailings, but they don’t look to have...
When we did our Baltic sailing, we booked about...
When we did our Baltic sailing, we booked about 30 days out. It was so last-minute that some of the SPB tour companies were full or we’d missed their cutoff for booking due to the immigration...
You won’t be able to use it in vending machines...
You won’t be able to use it in vending machines or unstaffed sales points, but any shop or restaurant with a human should be able to take it. Since people may not be used to it at non-touristy...
The most central are probably Strikkedilla in the...
The most central are probably Strikkedilla in the Oslo City shopping center or Fru Kvist at Øvre Slottsgate 6 (I think Strikkedilla probably has a larger yarn stock since Fru Kvist sells finished...
Seabourn has one departing June 9 on the Ovation:...
Seabourn has one departing June 9 on the Ovation:
https://www.seabourn.com/images/itineraryMaps/detail/E8N14A.jpg


Princess has a repositioning next April that ends in Helsinki...
Alcohol is one of the most expensive things....
Alcohol is one of the most expensive things. There are several cultural phenomena that have grown out of the the high cost of alcohol.

Here are some rough alcohol prices:
0.5 L can of beer (local...
Taxis take bank cards. They cost a fortune. A...
Taxis take bank cards. They cost a fortune. A 15-minute 4km taxi ride typically costs around 250 NOK.

What constitutes a "small purchase"?

Prices of things that typically require cash:
Public...
Some do. I feel that it hasn’t been as popular...
Some do. I feel that it hasn’t been as popular here as elsewhere in Europe. Perhaps because transactions over a small limit (200 NOK I think) require you to enter your PIN anyway, so people tend to...
Only a few tourist souvenir shops take anything...
Only a few tourist souvenir shops take anything other than NOK. You should be able to use a Visa credit card in any shop and nearly any restaurant. If you do not have a chip-and-pin card, you may not...
For a bit of background, the tourism season in...
For a bit of background, the tourism season in Norway comes to an end in mid-August, which is why there are very few options at that time of year. Even in the southern part of the country, you’ll...
If you're after a higher-end cabin, Seabourn...
If you're after a higher-end cabin, Seabourn Ovation has one departing from Copenhagen on 1 September.

Also, the Marco Polo has another sailing from Tilbury on 23 October that looks like it may...
My favorite coffee shop at the moment is Steam in...
My favorite coffee shop at the moment is Steam in Østbanehallen (the old part of the central train station that has been turned into a small food hall). However, it's not particularly convenient...
Expanding a bit on my post and the one above for...
Expanding a bit on my post and the one above for logistics:
There is a dedicated Freia chocolate shop in Oslo on Karl Johans gate by the Grand Hotel. There is also a mixed-brand chocolate shop...
You can buy a single use or 24-hour ticket...
You can buy a single use or 24-hour ticket (cheaper than 3 single tickets) at a convenience store without needing to pay for a reusable travel card. The single use ticket is valid for 1 hour,...
My opinions for Oslo: a food that you...
My opinions for Oslo:


a food that you must try - brunost (brown cheese)
This isn't really particular to Oslo, but that's your only port in Norway, and the rest of Scandinavia and the Nordic...
Nærøyfjord literally means “narrow fjord.”...
Nærøyfjord literally means “narrow fjord.” Although the fjords are deep enough to accommodate large cruise ships, Nærøyfjord really isn’t wide enough to fit the large ships. I’ve only seen the much...
You will see plenty of Norway. Especially on the...
You will see plenty of Norway. Especially on the west coast, towns and cities tend to be small, and the natural beauty stretches right up to the city limits. And places like Geiranger are especially...
There are very few limos in Oslo as they're...
There are very few limos in Oslo as they're typically only used for weddings or parties. However, there are a few companies listed on the tourism website that offer town cars and possibly limos:...
I’ve done the Norway in a Nutshell trip from Oslo...
I’ve done the Norway in a Nutshell trip from Oslo to Bergen, and it’s hugely popular for a good reason. It only takes a few hours longer and includes the best of both options! (A lot of people worry...
For what it's worth, the X-bow technology isn't...
For what it's worth, the X-bow technology isn't really all that new. The first ship to use it went into service in 2006, and since then it has been used in over 50 ships in various industries....
The theory is that the X-Bow should lead to a...
The theory is that the X-Bow should lead to a more stable and smooth crossing for the Drake. However, there is some skepticism about the lack of bow viewing space. I've se n that there are hydraulic...
I live in Norway and have a very expensive...
I live in Norway and have a very expensive packable down jacket from a high-end sportswear company. And I never wear it.

I just haven't figured out how to use it when dealing with wind and...
Noble Caledonia has Baltic itineraries on the...
Noble Caledonia has Baltic itineraries on the Serenissima (95 passengers), Island Sky (118), and Hebridean Sky (120).
Ponant currently lists sailings on Le Dumont d'Urville (184 passengers) and Le...
It looks like all of the Regal calls will be at...
It looks like all of the Regal calls will be at Søndre Akershuskai (SAK) this year, so it's only a 5-10 minute walk along the quay to get to the city hall....
The Norway in a Nutshell trip uses the scenic...
The Norway in a Nutshell trip uses the scenic Oslo-Bergen rail line with a detour by bus and ferry through Nærøyfjord and a trip on the Flåmsbana mountain rail route. It can be done in a single...