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#41
Denmark
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Joined Mar 2011
I’m not aware of any problems apart from the Norwegian language.
I know that the UK site and the NO sites are similar - have both pages open - also some communication and links provided are in Norwegian Language. Use google translate or similar. You can also find all information at the global site. Payment using credit card.
Let us know if you experience any problems.


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#42
USA
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Joined Aug 2013
We'd be *very* interested in this.

When we were first exploring Hurtigruten, we somehow landed on what seemed to have been the Norwegian site. (I'm not 100% sure of that, but we needed to use Google translate to figure out what was what.)

Later, we found out there was a new (?) USA office in the Seattle area, and we had already found the "USA" (or "English language" at the least) website.

But we saw prices in a chart in English, with US$, and that was what we paid, with a Canadian-based TA.
Now, our TA often travels internationally, and has family in Europe, so he may be able more easily to check Norwegian prices.
I should have thought about that by now - Duh!
I'll check with him to see if he can find a way to book with Norwegian prices AND also what the terms are, assuming they are different.
(He'll get more trips from us if this works... less money per trip, but more trips, and almost definitely more spent in total. We find it much more difficult to book a single trip that is very expensive, no surprise! Win/win! )

Thanks for this reminder, and please do let us know your progress.

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#44
Denmark
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Joined Mar 2011
As I read it the deposit is 10% when booking in Norway

PAYMENT
When you have asked Hurtigruten to confirm your order, the trip will be due for payment as follows:
If the booking is made more than 60 days before departure, a deposit of 10% of the total cost of the trip will be charged. The full price of the trip must be paid 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation as follows
More than 60 days before: Fee corresponding deposit
60-42 days before 30%
41-28 days before 60%
27-14 days before 90%
Less than 14 days before 100%

link to terms and conditions in Norwegian Language
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#45
France
808 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
I have booked several trips on the Norwegian website (I live in France, we do have a French office and website). I bought several Norway port-to-port last year (you can now only buy them on the Norwegian website anyway) and I bought a full Norwegian round-trip for next year, as it was subtantially less expensive than on the French website.
I had no issue whatsoever. The only thing to look out for, as has been already said, is that you consent to the Norwegian TOS, and your trip falls under the Norwegian consumer laws. If you have travel insurance, maybe check with them if they would cover it.
Communication by email for these trips are both in Norwegian and English, so that's handy.
Honestly, I find Hurtigruten's presence on the internet a confused mess, but so far it seems it allows travellers around the world to get better rates for their trip, with a little bit of work.
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#46
New York, NY
26 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
Originally posted by GeezerCouple
We'd be *very* interested in this.
American here. I booked my expedition trip on the NO site because it was not offered on the US site (back before American traffic became automatically redirected to the US site). In a nutshell, so far so good. Keep in mind:

-All communications, forms, itineraries and information documents are written in Norwegian. Using Google Chrome to translate to English is helpful for emails but not for PDF attachments. Fortunately, with a little searching around the Hurtigruten sites, you will find the equivalent PDF documents written in English.

-10% payment upfront, followed by an email containing a link to a payment site to pay the balance. Unfortunately, the payment site was on the NO site, so I was unable to access it. After a single email exchange, I was sent a link to the U.S. pay site where I was able to make the payment.

The USD is really, really strong at the moment, especially against the Scandinavian currencies. If you are going to book a Hurtigruten voyage now, and you haven't figured out a way to get to the NO site, I believe you can try the DK or SE sites. The pricing may not be as good as NO, but it will probably be better than the EUR or UK sites. But with great pricing comes great risk; the cancellation policies are generally more strict than the US.

If all goes well on my Svalbard expedition next week, I may book an Antarctica expedition while I am in Norwegian territory.
#47
91 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
Just for kicks, I priced out a 13-day Midnatsol cruise to Antarctica for this November 6th. Thirteen days, six in Antarctica, cheapest cabin, per person:



U.S. website: $6,667
Germany and Global websites: $5,687
Sweden website: $4,825


It's pretty remarkable, although I know that European travelers often experience the reverse when booking with U.S.-based cruise companies.
#48
USA
3,312 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
Originally posted by Bella0714
Just for kicks, I priced out a 13-day Midnatsol cruise to Antarctica for this November 6th. Thirteen days, six in Antarctica, cheapest cabin, per person:


U.S. website: $6,667
Germany and Global websites: $5,687
Sweden website: $4,825


It's pretty remarkable, although I know that European travelers often experience the reverse when booking with U.S.-based cruise companies.
That's quite a difference, more than I expected.

However, for cruises way far in advance, only the deposit would be at these good currency rates.
When final payment is due, it could be quite different.

I assume they do *not* "bill in US$", including for final payment.
If they did, the currency conversion would be protected.

Am I correct that for a cruise perhaps 15-18 months from now, it would be a "who knows" what the US$ cost would be?
(Sorry; it should be obvious that we've never tried to do this before, taking advantage of currency differences far in advance.)

Thanks.

GC
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#49
91 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
Originally posted by GeezerCouple
That's quite a difference, more than I expected.

However, for cruises way far in advance, only the deposit would be at these good currency rates.
When final payment is due, it could be quite different.

I assume they do *not* "bill in US$", including for final payment.
If they did, the currency conversion would be protected.

Am I correct that for a cruise perhaps 15-18 months from now, it would be a "who knows" what the US$ cost would be?
(Sorry; it should be obvious that we've never tried to do this before, taking advantage of currency differences far in advance.)

Thanks.

GC
If Google Translator is doing this right, the Swedish cancellation policy is more punishing than the U.S. or Global policies unless you cancel more than 151 days out, in which case it's a little less punishing. Then it escalates to 30% for 91-150 days, and then it's a mixed bag afterwards.

I wonder if you can pay the entire cost of the cruise up front and not have to worry about currency conversion shifts (the kronor was much stronger against the dollar in 2014 but it's been pretty level for a few years).
#50
Denmark
2,292 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by Bella0714
If Google Translator is doing this right, the Swedish cancellation policy is more punishing than the U.S. or Global policies unless you cancel more than 151 days out, in which case it's a little less punishing. Then it escalates to 30% for 91-150 days, and then it's a mixed bag afterwards.

I wonder if you can pay the entire cost of the cruise up front and not have to worry about currency conversion shifts (the kronor was much stronger against the dollar in 2014 but it's been pretty level for a few years).
No - The % cancellation fee is the same for Sweden as for Denmark and Norway - and Sweden also has a 10% deposit. Note that the cancellation schedule is different for Costal Voyages and for Explorer Voyage.
The big different from Nordic to Global terms is the 10% deposit in Nordics versus the 20 % deposit for Global
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#51
New York, NY
26 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
Originally posted by GeezerCouple

I assume they do *not* "bill in US$", including for final payment.
If they did, the currency conversion would be protected.

Am I correct that for a cruise perhaps 15-18 months from now, it would be a "who knows" what the US$ cost would be?
(Sorry; it should be obvious that we've never tried to do this before, taking advantage of currency differences far in advance.)
They invoice amount is in the LOCAL currency of the site you are using, so, yes, the actual cost of the cruise will fluctuate until you pay the full amount. If you feel that there is the possibility of a global financial shock due to, let's say, a certain corrupt, shady president being indicted/impeached, then you should consider paying up sooner than later. Depending on your time horizon, I think it's more of a question of "when" and not "if."