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    Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Hurtigruten
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    Caribbean, Asia and Norwegian Fjords
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  1. Norway in a Nutshell is not just the train from Oslo to Bergen - also the detour to Flåm. Plan boat trip through Nærøyfjorden and Aurlandsfjorden and stay overnight in either Flåm, Myrdal or Gudevangen before continuing to Bergen. You might consider to combine the train and stay in a Bergen with 7 night voyage with Hurtigruten (or Havila Kystruten) from Bergen to Kirkenes and fly back to Oslo from Kirkenes. Just note that Hurtigruten is very different from a ‘normal’ cruise - 34 short stops (one longer stop each day) along the Norwegian coast including Geiranger fjord. The voyag
  2. @MDTrip - I’m not Capt_BJ but in order to provide a qualified answer please provide full Itinerary of your 7 day cruise - Flåm is not the only port of interesse at a Norwegian Fjord Cruise - However important that some of the deep fjord ports like Geiranger and/or Olden are included - Oslo is not normally included in a Norwegian fjord cruise. Difficult to directly compare Norway in a Nutshell and a cruise.
  3. I take the train from Roma Termini to Civitavecchia, it takes 1h10min - getting from the station to the cruise port can be difficult by taxi/bus if there are many travelers to the cruise. It is a 10-minute walk from the station to the port. Shuttle bus inside port.
  4. I can not remember ever making a reservation without getting an email notification immediately. My best guess is that you have not completed the reservation. Check with the cruise line.
  5. I’m used to stay at Marriott Berlin at Potsdamer Platz - my alternative is Radisson Blu Berlin. Have you considered how to travel from Berlin to Amsterdam? - train might take a bit longer (6h30 min with direct InterCity Train) - but no transport to/from airports (flight is 1h20 minutes + transport) If train you should consider a hotel close to Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Cruise terminal in Amsterdam is next to Amsterdam Centraal Station. Train services in Germany are very reliable.
  6. Nyhavn 71 is located right next to the harbor and at the ‘quieter end’ of Nyhavn, but still close to Skuespilhuset (theater) and outdoor restaurant. Admiral hotel could also be an option - quieter neighborhood next to Amalienborg (royal palace). A/C is not common in Denmark and often not necessary. I think all hotel have elevators.
  7. SAS is my preferred airline - a bit biased as I live in Copenhagen. The fleet is new - Airbus A350 aircraft on 'overseas routes' - three classes - economy, plus and business. Good comfort and decent service. I have always found that the 'final total price' for SAS was reasonable - depending on class and amount of luggage. Have a nice regularity and I have never in the more than 30 years I have frequently flown SAS on vacation or business experienced any problems that have not been solved fully satisfactorily. Only airline with non-stop service from ORD to CPH.
  8. Yes, possible. Depending on arrival and check-in / departure times. I have no expierence with MSC. Distance from Kiel to Warnemünde is 210 km (130 Miles) - it will take 2h30min by car - anticipated taxi cost is €350 to €450 depending on time of the day and week day. (and number of people). Train / bus might be too difficult - 4h:20 minutes by train/bus - 4 to 5 changes.
  9. Here examples of Royal Caribbean Family Suite and ‘connecting staterooms’
  10. There is still uncertainty regarding the final time of delivery of the first Havila ship from the ship yard in Turkey. Once the company has taken delivery of the first ship, Havila Capella, the ship will sail to Norway and it will then take some time to get the necessary certificates in place before the ship can start In passenger traffic along the coast. The company plans the first round trip between Bergen and Kirkenes to depart from Bergen on September 26, 2021. Uncertainty related to the first departure will be clarified no later than September 1st. A
  11. You cannot compare prices at UK or US web - price at the UK site is very likely including gratitude and taxes while the US price is exclusive gratitude and taxes which you have to pay additional - my experience with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean prices at the web are exact the same for all regions once cruise, gratitude and all taxes are paid. Alternative is to check prices at various TRavel Agents - but again make sure you know exactly what the price does cover. And you can also use A US based Travel Agent.
  12. Correct - but still sunrise at 3:33 am. Yes, very beautiful in the sunset but does require a cruise start in Stockholm - probably not the case for this cruise - ending in Stockholm.
  13. An early morning indeed, but don’t miss the sailing through the archipelago- very beautiful. You must be on the upper deck just before sunrise. Will be a beautiful morning.
  14. Does only apply if you purchase your travel at an European agency - if you purchase with non European agency the rule doesn’t apply. Also you must purchase a packet - if just a airline ticket the EU packet dire give doesn’t apply. A cruise might be considered a package because of both transportation and accommodation - airline ticket is only a packet if purchased together with accommodation.
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