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On ‎12‎/‎15‎/‎2018 at 11:52 AM, h20skibum said:

 

We did that trip last year, except we left from San Francisco.  Be prepared for the first couple sea days to be cool, and seas a little rough.  Most people don’t realize that, thinking warm in CA, warm in HI, and they forget cool weather clothes. 

 

It willbe the same on the return trip. 

 

 

Thanks for the heads up.  We will be sure to pack a sweater or two.:classic_biggrin:

 

Jack

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On 12/17/2018 at 1:41 PM, stevea36 said:

RCI Just released the 2020 version of this trip.   It will be on Brilliance of the Seas, 15 nights, from Amsterdam to Boston, Leaving on September 2, 2020.

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On 12/17/2018 at 3:09 PM, flamingos said:

BOOKED for 2020!!!!    Brilliance of the Seas, sailing September 2.

 

 

Come check out the roll call  if you haven't.

 

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On ‎12‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 11:41 AM, stevea36 said:

RCI Just released the 2020 version of this trip.   It will be on Brilliance of the Seas, 15 nights, from Amsterdam to Boston, Leaving on September 2, 2020.

 

Itinerary is:

Amsterdam

Sea

Bergen, Norway

Geiranger, Norway, Sea

Akureyri, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland (overnight)

Sea

Cruise Prins Christian Sound

Qaqortoq, Greenland

Nuuk, Greenland

Sea

Sea

Sea

Boston.

 

I was able to book a 2B Hump balcony this morning, with a refundable deposit, for 3852 pp (less any C&A Discount you may have).   This compares to over $8000 pp for the lone remaining balcony on the 2019 version.

 

Sailor, how does this itinerary compare to yours?   Dropping canada is no biggie for me as I will be doing a canada/ne cruise in October 2019.

 

My biggest issue is that I will need 16 nights to get to Diamond and their changing this to 15 is "forcing" me to take another cruise.  (maybe I can talk the DW into doing an 8 night in a JS to get us Diamond before this sailing 🙂 )

 

Steve

 

 

Looks like a great itinerary.  It starts off in Amsterdam instead of Copenhagen, but I enjoy both cities equally. Bergen is a great port and you will like it. Our cruise did not visit it, but we flew in and spent a few days before heading for Copenhagen. Your two stops in Iceland are the same as we took.  You can see most things in Akureyri by foot, but consider taking the Golden Circle tour in Reykjavik. It is an all day tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very popular and we heard that it was sold out by the time we reached Reykjavik. At one stop ( the geothermal power plant) there were 11 buses! We were two days in Reykjavik and some of our friends took the Golden Circle on the second day ( as did we) and did the Blue Lagoon thing on the first day.  We had done the lagoon a few years ago and it is one of the "must do" things for most tourists. You have another port in Norway and in Greenland and I don't know anything about those.

 

I think I preferred our itinerary a little better, but only because as a Canadian who had never been to Nova Scotia, I enjoyed seeing that part of the country. That said, your itinerary meets the two main criteria we had for taking the cruise  - Iceland and Greenland.  I know you will enjoy it and you got a great price - less than we paid! I will be interested in hearing about Nuuk.  Qaqortoq was the smallest port we had ever visited and the part of my review about Qaqortoq was not exaggerated - it was tiny!

 

One of the highlights of the cruise will be sailing the Prins Christian sound.  It was stunning! Try and get a table near a window that day to get some fantastic views and pictures. I can't remember how long exactly it took to go through the sound, but it was  around 3 plus hours - maybe more, I just can't remember. We were lucky to get a good table as others had to go up on deck (where it was cold) to get their photos. If you shoot video go up on deck when the ship reaches the main glacier.  The captain spun the ship around 360 degrees and that should make an awesome video shoot.

 

Sorry about being forced to take another cruise!:classic_biggrin:

 

Hope all this helps a little.  Enjoy your cruise.  I wouldn't mind doing it again, myself.

 

Jack

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This is the one of the downtown parks. That is the founder statue at the top. We were told that during the summer the park is crowded with sunbathers, picnickers, and children.  During the winter months, not so much.

 

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One of the first things we noticed in the city was the construction.  It was everywhere.  We were told that this is going to be a very large Marriott hotel.

 

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Older buildings were being refurbished. Another sign that a Iceland is experiencing growth.

 

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This is the office of the Prime Minister of Iceland. Our guide told us that he can often be seen through the second story window working in his office.  The building used to be a prison and the Prime Minister's office used to be a holding cell for the most dangerous prisoners.

 

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This is Gimli house.  Gimli refers to the legends of middle earth.  The house dates to 1905 and is one of the oldest concrete houses in Ireland.

 

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Of course their are newer buildings as witnessed by the city's Casino.

 

 

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On ‎12‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 12:44 PM, ecslady said:

 

Was it $10 one way for the shuttle or round trip?

 

 

Sorry to take so long in getting back to you.  The $10 is for both ways.  Make sure you don't lose the ticket! The ticket has a stub on both ends.  They tear one stub off when you board to go into town and the other stub when you board the bus to go back to the ship.  We actually had to wait quite a while for the buses as they did not start running until 9:00 AM. As most of us were excited to go into town and got off the ship early we had a rather long wait for the bus.

 

Enjoy your visit.

 

Jack

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Some last photos of downtown Reykjavik before heading back to the ship to end our first day here and to get ready for our Golden Circle tour tomorrow - which we are REALLY looking forward to. (I know, never end a sentence with a preposition!):classic_biggrin:

 

 

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Another new hotel going up.  We actually saw three hotels under construction - another sign of the burgeoning tourist business in Iceland.

 

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas
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We are on our Golden Circle tour and the contrast from city to countryside is stunning.  Here you see the mile after mile of lava fields covered with lichen and everywhere pouring out of the earth.

 

 

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Pipes snaking their way across the countryside delivering boiling hot water/steam to towns and cities.  Notice the complete lack of trees anywhere.

 

 

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We are nearing our first stop on the tour - the largest geothermal plant in the world.

 

 

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On 11/12/2018 at 11:38 AM, SailorJack said:

 

 

I missed that restaurant!  Actually I am quite surprised that they even had  a restaurant there - we didn't see anything that even hinted at that.  You must have sharper eyes than us.

 

I have Google Maps and T-Mobile, which had just added Greenland to its free data plan. 😄

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 We are back on the bus and heading to our next stop which is said to be a field of geysers. On the way we continue to pass  vast stretches  of barren land. I wouldn't be surprised in the national plant of Iceland is Lichen as it is everywhere - growing on the lava beds.

 

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Lots of greenhouses as we were told that the growing season is to short to really plant crops outdoors.

 

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Every few miles we passed an isolated farm house.

 

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Hay bales ready for shipment.

 

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On ‎12‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 1:09 PM, flamingos said:

BOOKED for 2020!!!!    Brilliance of the Seas, sailing September 2.

 

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

CRUISING

BERGEN, NORWAY

GEIRANGER, NORWAY

CRUISING

AKUREYRI, ICELAND

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

CRUISING PRINS

CHRISTIAN SUND(CRUISE)

QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND

NUUK, GREENLAND

CRUISING

CRUISING

CRUISING

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 

 

 

Have a great voyage...wish I was going along.:classic_biggrin:  It is a wonderful itinerary and I would love to do it again some time.

 

Jack

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