Posted April 16th, 2018, 04:25 PM
Grateful to you for jumping in - thanks! We, too, are on Deck 8, so glad to hear we may be among the first off - and with a car waiting, I'm thinking the 5:40 to Oslo is doable. If we miss it, there is another flight roughly an hour later. The arrival time in Oslo is moot since we'll be there for the better part of four days, and we have only to get from the airport to the center of the city. The train seems to be the 'smart' way of doing that, depending on where one's hotel is located. Anyway, thank you so much for your insights and information. Any tips on either/both Deck 8 - we're in 825 - and the ship itself would be much appreciated, though I have read all your terrific posts, so perhaps you've really said it all! Best regards.
You will LOVE that suite!
We had the other aft suite on Deck 8, and that balcony was a pleasure in terms of being sheltered from the wind.
In fact, of the 3 nights when we saw Northern Lights (we had a lot of overcast sky, so we feel VERY fortunate for the Lights that we did see!), the first was just the faintest, mostly the "gray cloud-type" view. The second was better, but it was the third night that was by far the best!
And that night, the best view was aft and above, and instead of shivering on the top deck (as we did that first night - the cold and wind were BRUTAL), we were comfy on our balcony, shielded from the wind... We were SO fortunate for that one evening!
We had tried to convince ourselves that if we didn't see "the lights", we'd still have a great vacation, and that was certainly true. However, given that we chose that cruise/date because of the Astronomy Package and the "chances of clear skies and Lights", the truth is... we probably would have been disappointed, of course... But that is part of life, and we already had a plan B in place: watch for solar storms, and fly *fast* to Iceland.... As it turned out, there was an unusual solar storm that went straight towards the earth, for two nights. The first? Totally cloudy. The second night? CLEAR
We would LOVE to go back.
If you happen to be awake the very first morning approximately 6am (??), LOOK out that window!
We kept the drapes open all night, every night, so we could see the beautiful scenery (mountains and small town lights, but there was little moonlight by design, of course), and also see the scenery the moment we woke up. It's one solid wall of windows all across rear of the ship, across both bedroom and living room areas.
[For those traveling during the summer months, it probably wouldn't work to keep the drapes open all night, given the 24/7 light. During an Alaska cruise in May/June, we had to tape the drapes shut, even though we weren't nearly at the Arctic Circle. The nights were very short...]
Have a great trip.
We loved the ship, the crew, and just... everything.
We weren't sure just what to expect, but everything was just wonderful.
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