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About mcpepe

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  • Location
    Marlton, NJ
  • Interests
    Travel, wine, food
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Sea Dream Yacht Club, Hurtigruten
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Norway, Antarctica, BVI

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  1. Onboard during the excursion information meeting and in daily programs. Some cost money, some are simply free hikes led by the team.
  2. In 2016 On Nordnorge there were many hikes led by the team. I enjoyed them very much!
  3. Snowshoeing, kayak and camping extra. I did them all. 🙂 All landings and cruising on zodiacs included on Midnatsol as of November 2018.
  4. Apparently this is something offered now since I've seen lots of photos of it over on FB. Not sure how it's advertised or when it's offered. But it's pretty cool seeing photos taken standing at the hole in the mountain!
  5. Many questions already answered but I'll just give my experience. Regarding excursions, unlike most above, I took every excursion I possibly could. I loved every one and felt they added so much to my enjoyment of the cruise, getting out and into nature and the thick of things. I did a long review of that coastal cruise where I talk about what excursions I chose. I was there mid September 2016 and saw Aurora 5 nights out of 11. Was pretty magical. The tap water on the table is perfect. Here's the link to my review https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2330054-trip-report-ms-nordnorge-sep-25-oct-5-2016/
  6. I booked my two Fram cruises on the Norwegian site with substantial savings as well. Had no problem. When the excursion forms were sent in Norwegian, I simply asked they be sent in English.
  7. There was a safe on Fram inside cabin. I honestly don't remember if there was one on Midnatsol or Nordnorge. I dont' use them.
  8. Hi Fran, the ships are very warm, too warm for me. I wore tshirts in Antarctica on the ship! The waterproof shell is key with good layers (wool) underneath. The wind is what you'll need most protection from when the ship is moving. I also found it very windy at Nordkapp
  9. Hi Fran as a woman with long hair i found the hair dryers on the wall on Nordnorge inadequate. I brought my own on Midnatsol and am glad i did because they had the same dryers. I plan on bringing my own on Fram as well. I love the Arctic Pure hand soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. I did bring a travel size heavy duty conditioner to use every few days since my hair is long. The plugs are typical 2 prong European plugs.
  10. I sailed Midnatsol this past NOvember. We had @ 420 passengers. We had one landing and one cruising per day. Yes we all rotated which group was first each day. I felt I had enough time per landing given I was walking in deep snow and everything seemed uphill. :) I will be on Fram at the end of the year and will see the differences then. Can't wait!
  11. I did Midnatsol to Antarctica and loved every second. I will be on Fram twice coming up...first to Greenland and second to Antarctica/S.Georgia/Falklands. I've toured the Fram twice and have seen the cabins. They are about the same size as a standard cabin on Carnival or HAL. I had an inside cabin for the first time ever on Midnatsol and didn't miss a window. I truly was rarely in my room.
  12. Aww you're very welcome!! I'm heading back to Antarctica on Fram in January, but this time also going to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island. Will have lots to report back then as well. You will love Midnatsol!
  13. No. I did Nordnorge for my coastal voyage from Bergen- Kirkenes-Trondheim in 2016. I have a review up here on CC.
  14. No time for Patagonia. I work. That would be a separate trip. I loved Antarctica. I loved the nature, the kayaking, the camping. Plus South Georgia Island and the Falklands are bucket list items for me. Looking forward to seeing the different penguins and other sea life. . And I'm looking forward to experiencing Fram which is alot smaller than Midnatsol.
  15. Sounds great! Im returning to Antarctica on Fram doing the Ultimate Antarctica to include the Falklands and South Georgia!
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