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Weather related Itinerary Change in the North Atlantic

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We have just arrived in Bergen to do ‘In the Wake of the Vikings’ and as we boarded we were told that the ship is sailing tonight directly to Iceland missing out Bergen tomorrow, Shetland and Faroe Islands.  This is to avoid the bad weather predicted for the North Atlantic because of an intense low pressure system developing close to Newfoundland.  They have added 2 extra stops in Iceland instead.  Hope the 2 sea days will be OK.  The Captain wants to get to the relatively sheltered waters near Iceland before the worst of the weather arrives.  

 

 

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Found it.  Wow - sorry to hear that you’ll miss these ports.  I hope you have time to experience at least a little bit of Bergen today. It’s a wonderful town!   I know everyone will share your disappointment, but it’s always better to be safe.  No doubt they wouldn’t have changed the itinerary this dramatically without good reason.  We loved our sea days on this trip last year - I hope you find the same to be true.

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We leave on this itinerary on Saturday (Viking Sun) and I have been following the weather with increasing concern. Hope all goes well with your trip and wonder what will happen with ours? Fingers crossed!

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Flip that frown upside down... or at least try... think of all the wonderful things you will see in Iceland. Maybe even the Northern Lights? They made an apppearence in Canada last month! Its the journey...

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Jim Avery said:

Just announced we are extended stay in Bergen, dropping Lerwick due to heavy weather.

Bummer! We are heading to Amsterdam (then Bergen) to join the ship, and had our fingers crossed..guess it is better to be safe than sorry.

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30 minutes ago, Jim Avery said:

Just announced we are extended stay in Bergen, dropping Lerwick due to heavy weather.

 

Jim,  We board tomorrow. Please keep posting if you hear more,. Thank you! Carolyn

 

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Yes the weather is heavy swell and force 8 winds now, but not, according to the captain’s announcement, as bad as it would have been had we delayed setting off from Bergen.

Unfortunately I did not take the travel sickness pills soon enough and was very sick this morning, but enough of that, now taking them regularly and under control.  Many of our fellow passengers have, like me, spent most of the day asleep and limited eating.

Looking forward to better weather to come and some great excursions in Iceland on 15th, 16th and 17th.  

 

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Viking are probably very cautious now with weather related issues and potentially difficult sea conditions.

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Help! Jim, can you please clarify the situation? We are planning to board the ship late Saturday evening, but are now very concerned that the Viking Sun may leave Bergen a day early (as did the Viking Sea).

 

We have received no notification from Viking of an itinerary change, and are expecting the Sun to spend Saturday night in Bergen (and leave on Sunday). If this is not the case, it would royally screw up people’s plans. Please advise.

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So sad for the folks on the SEA.  I was worried about the weather situation from the Hurrican (Dorian) that never dies....

I agree - Viking will no doubt take the right precautions.  Unfortunately it is always a risk at this time of year (September), even though, for example, it had been 10 years since Nova Scotia had a hurricane.  Part of the aspect of cruising - one has to go with the flow.  If one takes a cruise specifically for one port, you are likely not being realistic unfortunately.  We've had ports cancelled due to bad weather and have always been amazed how Viking handles them (quite well - adjusting on the fly, new schedules, etc, coming up with new shipboard activities and more.  Certainly the staff is trying to make the best of it as well)

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2 hours ago, OceanPatter said:

Help! Jim, can you please clarify the situation? We are planning to board the ship late Saturday evening, but are now very concerned that the Viking Sun may leave Bergen a day early (as did the Viking Sea).

 

We have received no notification from Viking of an itinerary change, and are expecting the Sun to spend Saturday night in Bergen (and leave on Sunday). If this is not the case, it would royally screw up people’s plans. Please advise.

 

Hope you mke it aboard and the ship does not leave without you.

 I remember when you were first looking at this cruise.

Enjoy and please post during your cruise.

 And you are sailing Jim Avery, that will be very cool.

Say hi to Jack        

     Patti 💕

 

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9 hours ago, OceanPatter said:

Help! Jim, can you please clarify the situation? We are planning to board the ship late Saturday evening, but are now very concerned that the Viking Sun may leave Bergen a day early (as did the Viking Sea).

 

We have received no notification from Viking of an itinerary change, and are expecting the Sun to spend Saturday night in Bergen (and leave on Sunday). If this is not the case, it would royally screw up people’s plans. Please advise.

Sun is changing over today as scheduled.  We are to delay sailing until 11pm Sunday night.  At least for now.  It should not affect your boarding at all.  We will be skipping Lerwick and supposedly still go to the Faeroes.  Looking forward to meeting you.

Jim & Lois

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Thank you, Jim! We are on the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ train/bus/boat trip, which will get us back to Bergen at 6pm today. Hope to see you on board, and so appreciate your help and frequent postings.

 

Separately ... so nice to hear from you, Azulann! Wish we were cruising together again. Will try to post regularly on Viking’s superb onboard WiFi.

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On 9/12/2019 at 2:30 PM, kcpvwill said:

 This is to avoid the bad weather predicted for the North Atlantic because of an intense low pressure system developing close to Newfoundland.  

 

 

Wish our captain from the March Northern Lights sailing would have changed his sailing plans!  

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20 hours ago, Haworth said:

Viking are probably very cautious now with weather related issues and potentially difficult sea conditions.

 

Good things often result from bad.....the Titanic probably being the best example relative to sea travel anyway. 

Edited by OnTheJourney

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Thank you, kcpvwill, for starting this thread and alerting us to changes in the Sea’s itinerary. How were the first few days of the cruise? (I envy all the extra days you’ll be spending in Iceland.)

 

BTW, did anyone miss the ship because it left a day early from Bergen? Just wondering how Viking notified late-arriving passengers.

 

Wishing you a pleasant cruise on the Sea.

 

 

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Hi again 

 

Just arrived in Akureyri the first of two extra stops in Iceland after our early dash from Bergen missing out Shetland and Faroes because of hurricane Dorian.  

 

To answer your question about what did Viking do with late arriving passengers,  I’m afraid I don’t know much.  Instead of the Friday in Bergen,  the changed itinerary was to sail Thursday at 11pm, but I know the ship was still docked at 11.30 when I went to sleep, and I was aware of movement at 2am so Viking Sea set off between those times.  Perhaps they were waiting for some passengers or more likely luggage as when we arrived there were three sets of people filling out missing luggage forms.  I’ve not heard anything more.  

As a matter of interest my Fitbit now thinks I’m an insomniac as the ship motion has been excessive and so it thinks I’m active when I’m really asleep!  

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On 9/12/2019 at 2:30 PM, kcpvwill said:

We have just arrived in Bergen to do ‘In the Wake of the Vikings’ and as we boarded we were told that the ship is sailing tonight directly to Iceland missing out Bergen tomorrow, Shetland and Faroe Islands.  This is to avoid the bad weather predicted for the North Atlantic because of an intense low pressure system developing close to Newfoundland.  They have added 2 extra stops in Iceland instead.  Hope the 2 sea days will be OK.  The Captain wants to get to the relatively sheltered waters near Iceland before the worst of the weather arrives.  

 

 

 

A familiar name!  You are on our Eastern Seaboard, aren’t you?  Are you bringing our ship over 😁?   See you soon!  Fair winds, and following seas!

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10 hours ago, kcpvwill said:

 

 

As a matter of interest my Fitbit now thinks I’m an insomniac as the ship motion has been excessive and so it thinks I’m active when I’m really asleep!  

 

HAHAHA! That is awesome!

Great way to trick fitness apps into letting you enjoy more of the gelato!

That works right? 

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