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  1. I have checked the local papers in Vancouver and social media and have not found any reporting on the 'big reception' what was scheduled to be held in port after our arrival on Sept 27. Perhaps because they had to get the ship into dry dock, the event was either postponed or cancelled?
  2. Just to clarify, the 300-person reception that is being held for travel agents and local big-wigs and attended by, inter alia, CEO Daniel Skjeldam, was to be this weekend in Vancouver. There was never any mention of the ship going to Seattle. But then with Hurtigruten one never knows.
  3. We just disembarked from the RA in Vancouver. The ship will be undergoing dry-dock there in order to repair a couple of issues including the thruster - this info came from a Hurtigruten sales agent that boarded the ship in Sitka. Another report said that there was some problem with the propeller. This is totally Hurtigruten's typical way of non-communication with passengers and therefore no surprise to us. The crew will be staying onboard for the duration of the repairs which are said to take about one week. I have prepared notes on our Nome to Vancouver voyage which I will submit in the next couple of days for the ship review. In the meantime, if anyone has any questions regarding the ship itself, I will be happy to answer if I can.
  4. We have just been informed as follows regarding our itinerary on the Amundsen from Nome to Vancouver: Our Alaskan consultant has advised us that the US authorities have made additional restrictions on the use of foreign zodiacs within the US boundaries. Two islands were eliminated from our schedule and replaced by Popof Island which apparently has a port. We are trying to find out whether this means that there will be no zodiak outings for the entire sailing? My guess is yes, which would be a huge disappointment since landings and zodiac outings were very much advertised. A pity that Hurtigruten failed to check this beforehand.
  5. Your point is very valid regarding the number of passengers and landings. In particular it will be interesting how this ship will fare in Antarctica where, as you know, according to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) only 100 passengers can disembark at a time which means passengers on ships carrying more than 200 won't be able to disembark every day. In addition, ships with more than 500 people may not land at all. One wonders whether passengers who are booked to Antarctica on the Amundsen are aware of this restriction?
  6. Thanks for the additional information. However, no matter what the reason is, it is outrageous treatment for the cost passengers pay for these sailings. We have written to Hurtigruten and strongly objected and made it clear that had better not be the new normal. I would seriously recommend asking for a refund for the non-use of your cabin for the entire 6 nights you paid for.
  7. Thank you Terry and Mike for the detailed report on your Amundsen experience. We are quite disappointed and concerned and can only echo SarniaLo's hope that these are merely teething problems. Hopefully you will ensure that Hurtigruten receives your feedback and will accordingly take appropriate action wherever possible. Having been Hurtigruten passengers for several years on expedition-type sailings, we have found that unlike National Geographic ships where the expedition team and crew members sit at dining tables with passengers, the Hurtigruten team seem to be more isolated by sitting at their own tables and are generally less easily approachable. The most egregious event that you describe, however, is being told to vacate your cabin the night before disembarkation - a totally unacceptable practice which will hopefully not be the accepted rule.
  8. Really look forward to hearing about your adventure! Glad to see the ship is underway.
  9. Yes, right now it is moored offshore near Bodo. Doing any maiden voyage is dicey as we experienced on the Spitsbergen. It too was delayed several times and caused us to make flight changes not to mention a lot of the workings of the ship were simply not ready for passengers.
  10. Sorry, but i given the uncertainty experienced by the delayed and inconvenienced passengers, showing a planned itinerary instead of the actual ship's tracking, is misleading and helps no one.
  11. TUE 10:02 AM Here is the latest info from Hurtigruten's FB. Probably the only way passengers are likely to find out what is happening but typically vague. What exactly does a few days later mean?? Hallasm's tracking map is truly a mystery. Hi! The maiden voyage of MS Roald Amundsen is now set to start a few days later, in MS Roald Amundsen’s home port of Tromsø. After voyaging north to North Cape and exploring Kirkenes near the Russian border, the maiden voyage will head south and take the guests to carefully selected highlights along the Norwegian coast, including the Lofoten islands. Guests booked on the original maiden voyage are offered to be transferred to the new maiden voyage at a favorable price. Hurtigruten will cover their possible Hamburg travel costs as well as their flights for Norway.
  12. Can someone explain Hallasm's tracking map if the ship is still showing in Floro this morning, June 27?
  13. I would be very interested in knowing which site provided the above tracking. AIS, Marine Traffic, Ship Finder etc are still showing the Amundsen in Floro. Thanks
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