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    Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Hurtigruten
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    Caribbean, Asia and Norwegian Fjords
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  1. More details at this link: Hurtigruten.com and Yahoo finance: Hurtigruten Addresses Recent Data Incident and Ongoing Dedication to Protection of Customer Information
  2. With Hurtigruten Coastal voyage return from Bergen to Kirkenes or expedition Cruise from Dover, you are within the Arctic Circle for five or six nights, which gives really good chances of seeing the northern lights if the sky is clear - September and March have the most intense northern lights while January to March has the best chances of a sky without too many clouds - there is a chance of northern lights every night, but the intensity varies. As mentioned, solar activity is increasing until 2025.
  3. The explorer lounge will be quiet during evening and night - no music. Note that on Svalbard the sun does not set between 20 April and 22 August. You can’t miss the view of the landscape passing by under the midnight sun.
  4. I have not sailed with MS Spitsbergen and the answer may depend on the destination, but I have never experienced music or noise in the explorer lounge on a Hurtigruten ship - most people enjoy the view or read a book. I will not be nervous about booking a U2D cabin on deck 6. I do not know if it is a ‘European trip’ or if your trip goes to Svalbard, it is not certain that you will get to bed early - one of the attractions if going north is either the midnight sun or northern lights. I enjoy sitting in the explorer lounge at 01am and watching the landscape pasning by in the midnight sun or w
  5. I'm happy to help. I myself have received a lot of inspiration and good help through CC when I have planned my cruises in ‘foreign areas’
  6. No - I’ll just generally answering the price on taxi from Airport to hotel Ann to the pier.
  7. Please note that price is based on day of week and time - also depend on taxi company. The price from airport to hotel is approximately DKK 200. My calculations are weekday - more expensive weekend and evening.
  8. the price will be approximately DKK 165 depending on the day of the week and time. All prices in Denmark include service fee (tip) and VAT.
  9. Hurtigruten also offer the ‘Northern Lights Promise’ as expedition cruises from Dover and Hamburg - pretty good chances for Northern Lights - in particular in January to March - where better chances for clear skies. Still the compensation is only a “6 or 7 days Classic Voyage in an unspecified inside twin cabin on a full board basis. A choice of departure dates will be given. Offer excludes flights, transfers, all on board expenses, excursions, luggage handling.”
  10. Best option is Northern Norway or Iceland - several cruise lines are offering northern Lights cruises along the Norwegian coast at locations as Lofoten, Tromsø, Alta, Andenes or Honningsvåg. Northern Lights are visible from September through March when dark and clear skies. One option is Hurtigruten - either the traditional Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes or expedition cruise from Dover. Here is a link to my last Hurtigruten Northern Lights Voyage
  11. Yes, should not take more than an hour to get the luggage. Is it a direct flight to FCO. I normally calculate two hours.
  12. No passport stamps - we will see a new system put in place for travelers who currently do not require a visa to enter Europe - The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is being implemented by the European Union - scheduled to become available late 2022. Also passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering the Schengen area.
  13. Correct - if all ports are in Schengen Area you’ll be in Schengen for the entire cruise.
  14. Agree. Geiranger is also nice - scenic fjord sailing and scenic views from the mountains. Lofoten at midsummer and possibly Honningsvåg (North Cape) with midnight Sun.
  15. Solar storms occur at all times of the year and at all times of the day, but to see the Northern Lights, it must be dark and clear skies. However January to March are probably the three most popular months for Aurora hunting because they bring long dark nights and of the clear skies. Spring and autumn Equinoxes (around 20 March and 20 September) is told to have greater chances for Northern Lights, not because there are more solar activities during this period, but due to the Earth's angle relative to the Sun the magnetic field does not protect the Earth quite as well. Keep an ey
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