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  1. I'll try cod tongue and cheeks - if offered on our trip. And I see what you did @Splinter - "cloud"berries = heaven. Clever! 😊 Fresh shrimp, fresh cod, good desserts - how can I go wrong!!! 😋
  2. Thanks for your perspective @GC. A new cruise line and experience for me - so much to "geek out" on leading up to the journey. Isn't it part of the fun? .
  3. @Bella0714, Extremely helpful information. I did not know about fish ice cream - that'll be something I'll be trying!!! We will not have any port-to-port portion on our voyage, will be on full board - but planning on the ala cart - if for nothing else but a change in venue and change things up a bit. I've read about the king crab night, elsewhere on CC. It may be an uphill battle (value - wise) for the light eaters in my party. Thanks for taking time to answer my questions. I appreciate your time and consideration.
  4. @Bella0714, Great photo, thanks for sharing. I'm sure seeing NL in person is a thrilling experience. Thanks for the tip on the ala carte. Will give that a try. What was the additional cost for that? What was the menu you enjoyed? (Sorry, too many question). We're looking forward to our trip and hope that we're fortunate enough to glimpse the NL once or twice.
  5. @Bella0714, Thanks so much for the quick reply and details. Hope you get to see more NL. Safe and enjoyable travels.
  6. @Bella0714, Thank you for the very informative and helpful report. Sorry, too many questions follow. (Preparing for my own trip ) What are the bottle prices for wine? What kinds of wine do they have (glass or bottle)? Is a la carte dining option available on your ship? How much of a surcharge/cost for that? Any NL sighting? Enjoy the rest of your trip!
  7. @Aliyah17, Thanks for the update and details of your booking experience. Good to know that Hurtigruten folks are helpful and responsive to your questions and booking requests. . Wish you an excellent trip and many Northern Lights sightings!!!!
  8. Norwegian Air back in July (2019) announced 10 US route reductions including from LAX to Scandinavia and JFK to Scandinavia - from year around to seasonal. So depending on your trip timing, you may have some Norwegian Air options from US. The published schedule did not fit my plans. So went with other airline options. BTW - Norwegian Air in the past few days announced a deal with bond holders giving the airline some much needed breathing room.
  9. Thank you @ SarniaLo for confirming my predisposition for planning it on my own. The current plan in progress is explore Oslo pre cruise and Bergen post cruise, and train ride from Oslo to Bergen.
  10. @hallasm, thank you for reply. Planning my 1st Hurtigruten coastal RT is very exciting. At the same time, I have soooo many newbie questions. I hope that the more I know, the more informed decisions I can make. (not necessarily better ones! 😀)
  11. A few questions to the helpful experienced Hurtigruten coastal cruisers here: 1. In booking and expedition suite for the coastal round trip, I did not see an option to upgrade to the "platinum" fare option. Did I miss it during the booking process? I'm assuming (based on the listing of inclusions) that the expedition suites books into the "select" fare - any anecdotal experiences with the platinum package and how much of a cost premium was it? 2. On the the benefits of the platinum package is the a la carte dining. If one does not get Platinum package, on the website, they say the a la carte option is only bookable on board. Any experiences with a la cart dining and incremental cost? 3. Elsewhere in forum, a discussion about excursions noted that on board pricing for excursions (not sold out) may be discounted. What has been a typical reduction in your previous sailings? 4. Hurtigruten offers excursion packages with an OBC (not bookable on line). Anyone recommends these? Any experiences? 5. Hurtigruten site offers rail info Norwegian National Railroad (Vy) from Oslo (and others) " as part of the arrival or departure packages..." I'm assuming that we are talking about pre or post extension? Is it worth considering or DYI is a better option? Lots of newbie questions. I appreciate the sage advise and first hand experience everybody has to offer and share. Much appreciated.
  12. Similar experience with my upgrade request.
  13. Cancel and rebook is definitely a viable strategy - especially if outside the 180 day window $200 penalty window. One would have to do the math, for other cases. My point is - why does it have to be so? In my experience, most other cruise lines work with customers for repricing and everyone gets a bit - not everything - of what they want, and everyone is a bit happy.. (And mostly it is a moot point, because I don't have to pay a million days in advance....) So why can't VO say the fee to get a reprice is say 230$ - or whatever - (200 comparable to a cancellation fee, and 30 for an administrative change fee - I vaguely recall seeing that on website somewhere...) And the reprice would be to the price available at the time of repricing not to some nonexistent price that was in effect months or a year ago. I think the airline model would be a good start. Say I bought a highly restricted economy ticket for 300$ with a change/cancellation penalty of $200. The first class ticket price when I booked is 2000$. If I see a first class sale and the ticket for $1000 on the flight I am booked on - I can change my booking and upgrade for the $200 fee/penalty, and the price difference - but I would be charged the current price of $1000 not 2000 and I would apply (any) residual original funds to the new ticket. Or, initially, I could buy a more expensive unrestricted ticked and change it as often as needed to. We don't have such an option with VO. Rather, we have cancel and rebook, or if this is not a viable alternative - play the roulette wheel of VO customer service mercy and maybe get a crumb or two. I can't change VO policy, but I can change who I spend my money with.
  14. So I've confirmed that Viking's policy (thus TA's also) is that they will not honor any repricing for price drops - either a promotional price reduction (the * price) or any additional sales such as the Anniversary Sale. One could upgrade - but the price would be NOT the current price difference, but the price difference that existed at time of booking. Seems like once final payment is made - they have the customer over a barrel. And not being too customer friendly about it with intransigent policies. A stark difference to my experience with other comparable cruise lines. The funny thing is that I was recently reading their mailed River cruise brochure and the prices for a cruise comparable to the one we took last year was 2000$ per cabin lower. I know there is a difference between VO and Viking River, but maybe demand is softening. So perhaps the strategy of holding off on booking pays off. Unfortunately, that strategy will not work for my current booking. So for current bookings, it seems as if they (implicitly) are encouraging cancellations (with the small penalty 180 days out) if the hassle factor is worth it. But for future cruising needs - there will be other fish in the ocean to consider as first choice.
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