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  1. New environmental rules in Norway come into force on March 1st. They apply to vessels, mostly cruise ships, sailing into the country’s protected fjords - primarily impacting cruises to Flåm and Geiranger. Hence many cruise lines cannot visit Flåm or Geiranger and have made changes to their itineraries.
  2. Thank you. My mistanke - did check on VCE flights - LH is usually quite reliable and they will make sure luggage is ending up in BCN - and custom clearance in BCN!
  3. Your luggage will be checked through to VCE - immigration in FRA while customs in VCE. In case of delay of transatlantic flight you'll be rebooked to next available VCE flight.
  4. When the exact date is not known it is not possible to say if there can be other direct options than Norwegian, but as I see it there are no other direct services from LAX to BCN Norwegian is currently having major financial problems and it may be a matter of still being in the air until September 2020 - personally I want to ensure that my payment is not lost if they go bankrupt. They are also known to change routes as well as major problems with regularity - I would suggest flying into BCN at least two days prior to your cruise. Norwegian is offering premium class - it is not about excess luxury, but about making a long flight much more comfortable. It’s a good offering. Norwegian is a low-cost airline and the cost of premium tickets, when compared to first and business class on other airlines, definitely reflects that.
  5. Self service laundry - see link below - in general for a small fee but some ships also for free - might vary over time In general chargers for cellphones will work with both 220 volt as well as 110 - voltage converter not necessary - but you will need a adaptor for the European plugs.
  6. Here you have some inspiration for the Princess ‘Land of Midnight Sun’ Cruise Haugesund - Langfoss Waterfall Fjord Cruise Flåm - scenic Railway, Nærøyfjord and Stegastein Viewpoint Olden - Loen Skylift and Briksdal Glacier Trondheim - the city, Nidaros Cathedral and Archbishops Palace Honningsvåg - North Cape and Gjesværsstappan Nature Reserve. Thomsø - the city and cable car up to Mount Storsteinen Lofoten Islands - the nature, Nusfjord Fishing Village and Lofoten Stockfish Museum Åndalsnes - Trollstigen & Trollveggen and The Rauma Railway Bergen - the city, Bryggen Wharf and Fløibanen funicular
  7. I have not sailed Finnmarken, but space is in general very limited for Arctic/Polar cabins. When I have been sailing Hurtigruten I have been travelling light with limited sized luggage/Cabin suitcase. No need for a lot of clothing or changing of clothing.
  8. Difficult to say - however I will suggest the 'Land of Midnight Sun' Most scenic sailings are Flåm, Hellesylt/Geiranger and Olden - in addition for Flåm the scenic Railway and for Olden and Geiranger nice scenic view points. Sunrise / sunset for August 22 is 6am / 9 pm - still time for scenic fjords when leaving Flåm. Lofoten is probably one of the most beautiful areas in Norway and in addition you will have the midnight sun at Honningsvåg with North cape and Tromsø. Hope I provided some guidance
  9. In fact direct and non-stop will be the same for ZHR to VCE.
  10. I think Swiss is the only option - what’s the problem flying Swiss?
  11. Yes, from 7am to 4pm might be too tight. Rental car absolutely a good option. Distance from Skagen to Råbjerg Mile is 10 miles. By car you will be able to visit all the major attractions in Skagen. More information here: https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2559816-skagen-denmark-question/
  12. Possible but it requires a little planning, however a bit tight when you have to be back at 3:30 pm. Bus / train to Råbjerg Mile will generally take 4-5 hours while bus to Grenen will generally take 2 to 3 hours. Bus/train schedule will depend on date. (month/week day). I'll prioritize Grenen - however Råbjerg Mile is also interesting. I possible to do both I'll do Råbjerg in the morning and Grenen in the afternoon. To Grenen There is a city bus to Grenen parking - from there 'Sandormen' or walking to Grenen (20 minutes) - It takes about 1 hour to walk from Skagen to Grenen parking. Råbjerg Mile There is a bus or train to Råbjerg - from the stop there is about 1 hour walk to Råbjerg Mile Nordjyske Jernbaners (local railway 79), also called Skagensbanen, runs from Skagen towards Frederikshavn. You can get off at Bunken Station, which is a good starting point for walks in the plantation. See www.njba.dk In the summer months, Nordjyllands Trafikselskab runs bus number 99 from Skagen towards Hirtshals and stops at Bunken Camping, so you can walk the rest of the way to Milen and Plantagen. See more at www.nordjyllandstrafikselskab.dk
  13. You should consider Gudvangen and Flåm from Bergen by train or bus - or if flying into Oslo take the train from a Oslo to Bergen with a detour to Flåm from Myrdal.
  14. October is a perfect time for Northern Lights and still not that cold. Some more inspiration and also examples of daily programs for the North Bound voyage - different ship but same itinerary. Are you staying in Norway pre- and post cruise?
  15. Enjoy your day and my best regards to Dewa Mogens
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