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  1. Just FYI - we did not have power outlets (European or or otherwise) at our seats during our recent train trip from Bergen to Oslo. We were traveling in Komfort Klass.... May have just been unlucky to have been in an older carriage, but don't automatically assume you will be able recharge your devices at your seats.
  2. Again, I agree. First time breakfast in Restaurant service was very slow. tried next morning and finally left Main Restaurant after waiting more than 40 minutes for breakfast to be delivered to our table. As we got up to leave, the server frantically waved us down saying "its coming out soon". We took the elevator to the the WC grabbed some fruit and a bagel and headed out to our excursion. As much as I enjoy a leisurely sit-down breakfast, it should not take more than 15 minutes to serve a basic eggs Benedict and pancakes w bacon. πŸ˜’
  3. I agree, I would be much more amenable to departing after immediately after the cruise with a a nonstop home... from anywhere! πŸ™‚
  4. We flew into Stockholm a day early. Agree the late afternoon sail away from Stockholm was a a wonderful way to start the cruise. After cruise, we took train from Bergen to Oslo stayed 2 days and and flew home from Oslo. Train ride was relaxing and beautiful scenery, and it eliminated a O' Dark thirty departure from the ship! Was a much less stressful way to conclude a wonderful trip - I hate to fly home directly from cruise, because I end spending the last day or so having to think about packing etc.instead of enjoying my vacation.
  5. Just returned from Viking Homelands in June - there were stage productions with music of ABBA, Beatles, a magician and several nights of "local music", along with nightly performances with the band in Torshaven. The classical music was normally in the lounge areas during afternoon and early evening.
  6. We enjoyed the Xiang menu. I thought the soup was very flavorful - but not "spicy hot" and the coconut lemongrass granita was fabulous - I could have easily eaten several more portions of that! DH is a southern "meat and potatoes" kinda guy -(beef fried rice is exotic for him) and he really enjoyed the meal. I do admit, however, we did wander up to the WC for some gelato later on after dinner...
  7. We have booked this for 2020 - I appreciate your review and pictures! Any additional suggestions on the excursions would be welcomed.
  8. Earlier this year I was on the Ingvi and coke zero was available for my husband. I don't drink caffeinated beverages and usually asked for a bottle of sparkling water to take back to lounge or room, and there was never a problem.
  9. no charge for non alcoholic beverages at meals.
  10. We just returned from Homelands, and booked the Rodne cruise.(along with about 10 others from our ship!) It was super easy - but remember to exchange your emailed printed receipt for a actual ticket at their little kiosk prior to boarding. Suggest you grab a couple of bottles of water from the ship.. and maybe a few cookies!) because the snacks on board are expensive!
  11. We were in DV and agree that the set up is not ideal for room service - but that being said, we ordered room service for breakfast about half the mornings! - it was always arrived promptly.
  12. Sorry - I thought I attached the english version of the site - if you go all the way to bottom, you can change language option to english...
  13. I did see people showing their phones to the conductor, to be scanned, however, not an option for me (since i will be clinging to my old Apple 4SE until they pry it from my cold dead hands...). πŸ™‚ I did book our seats early - just checked and my email receipt showed a purchase date of 9 April for a June 22 departure. The mini pris fare is non refundable and must be booked ahead of time. We stayed at the Thon Opera Hotel... and you are correct - there are several in the immediate area. This was directly across from the main exit from the train station.
  14. We took a cab - worth the $15 not to drag bags our through Bryggen's crowded cobblestones shopping area.
  15. We have the same issue flying out of a secondary airport (Knoxville). We took the nonstop train from Bergen to Oslo ( 7 hrs but lovely relaxing ride). Stayed at Thon Opera hotel across the street from train station and spent two days sight seeing in Oslo - such a difference from Bergen! Took reasonable flight 945am to AMS and then back to DTW and TYS. I know that Delta/ KLM have several stops from AMS to LAX.
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