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  1. I think it's a much better itinerary. Ålesund has been replaced by Geiranger. It provides further scenic cruising on Storfjorden and Geiranger fjord. Again, it is important to be up at sunrise. In fact, the same number of ports. Hellesylt is just a short technical stop from which some excursions depart. In addition, it is late May / early June where the weather is better.
  2. Yes, and some terms & conditions: Only a 6 or 7 days Original Coastal Voyage cruise, in an unspecified inside twin cabin on a full board basis. The offer cruise must be booked within 28 days of your original Cruise's return date Offer excludes flights, hotels, transfers, all onboard expenses, excursions, and luggage handling. Northern Lights Occurrence is defined as a sighting from the ship which is recorded by the ship’s deck officers and which is announced to passengers on board at any time during the night. If you stay some additional days for excursions in Kirkenes (Dog Sledding, King Crab Safari, Snow Hotel, Russian Border and more) you will also be able to see the Northern Lights in Kirkenes.
  3. You’re already quite well prepared. Here you have my thoughts - others will add their experiences. Difficult to say which month is the best. Might be rain in Bergen but when going north definitely snow. January to March are probably the three most popular months for Aurora hunting because they bring long dark nights. Solar storms are expected to have more activities in 2023. In the Arctic, January is a time of renewal as the sun reappears above the horizon but it can be very, cold. Aurora might more likely appear in colder nights. In February the weather is improving and in March, the temperatures begin to rise. There might be less clouds to obscure the Aurora. Spring and autumn Equinoxes (around 20 March and 20 September) is told to have greater Northern Lights activity, 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. Personally I think the 12 day return voyage is too much of the same. I do prefer the north bound from Bergen to Kirkenes - as you say most stops are short (15 minutes) - one longer stop each day. North bound stops in Trondheim, Ålesund, Bodø, Tromsø and Honningsvåg. Link to sailing plan (select appropriate month) My preferred ports are Ålesund and Tromsø. Excursions are dog sledding, King Crab safari and North Cape ( a must). Be prepared for rough seas in particular day two from Bergen. You should plan for some days in Bergen and Kirkenes pre- /post-cruise. Some excursions can be done in Kirkenes. Ships are quite different - have a look at the deck plans (Link to ships) - MS Kong Harald- one of the bigger ships with a nice panorama lounge. As ships are different the cabins are also very different- again study the deck plan and read the description of the different categories. Avoid port side mid ship - noise from loading cargo during night port stops. A cabin close to an exit might be a good choice - easy to get out on deck when northern lights are announced. It can be very cold at the outside decks when viewing the Northern Lights. South of Tromsø from the bow of the ship - further north from upper deck. A lot of information in this forum however just ask your questions offerings are different from other cruise lines. You might want to compare prices at the Norwegian web with the US prices. Also have alook at terms and conditions / payment and cancellation - different ffrom US to Norway. Here is review of a my January voyage. PS: did pass Colorado March 2020 - Californian Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco.
  4. I’ll recommend May - snow in the mountains - Temperature will range from 40°F to 50°F. Be up early at upper deck at sunrise 04:30 am for the scenic cruising of Nordfjord and Innvikfjorden - also when sailing out in the evening - sunset 10 pm. In Olden visit Loen Skylift viewpoint.
  5. The answer will very much depend on the itinerary - please be more specific - ports are very different and also depend on how far you go north. My initial though is May - still snow in the mountain and water in the rivers/waterfall, but it might be too early for some ports - sights and activities might not yet be open. If itinerary inside Arctic Circle very good chances for Northern Lights in September as mentioned by TheOldBear.
  6. Might be due to Norwegian travel restrictions. Only cancelled at Norwegian site. Not at the Danish site or any of the other country specific sites.
  7. Definitely not a problem to reach a departure in CPH at 12:45. It takes a maximum of 30 minutes by taxi from the cruise terminal to the airport. Personally, I would wait to book flights with an expectation that more routes available by May 2022. SAS expects to resume their non-stop CPH-MIA by the end of the year. The challenge will be to find a reasonable priced tickets - I use air miles when I fly one way.
  8. Quite a few and limited itineraries. Some German cruise lines (AIDA Hapag-Lloyd) offer shorter Baltic cruises from Kiel and Hamburg. But no cruises to St. Petersburg.
  9. Too early to get stressed. Much may change by June 2022, including testing requirements and number of test sites. Right now there are many options for both PCR testing and rapid testing - what it looks like next year is impossible to know. However, if there are still requirements for testing, there will still be many options. Test is free for Danish citizens while tourists may pay. I'll suggest you post again by May next year - then we will be able to assist with a stress free stay in Copenhagen. I would plan for arrival at leat three days before the cruise. More information at https://en.coronasmitte.dk/find-covid-19-test-center
  10. You should be able to find the information here: https://www.portsdebalears.com/en/buques-en-puerto select 'Arrivals/Departures' and search for the date. Harmoney currently scheduled at 'Alineación Poniente Norte'
  11. You're right - this is not a 'Norwegian Fjords Cruise' - more like a 'Norwegian Coastal Cruise'. None of the four ports are located in the 'long fjords' - should include ports in the fjords like Geiranger, Flåm, Olden, or Skjolden.
  12. The MICHELIN Guide Nordic Countries 2021 Is Out! Here is the list of Michelin restaurants 2021 in Copenhagen and neighborhoods Copenhagen: Three stars Geranium, and Noma Two stars: AOC, Alchemist, Kadeau, and Kong Hans Kælder One star: Alouette, Formel B, Kiin Kiin, Kokkeriet, and Marchal Neighborhoods Two stars: Jordnær in Gentofte One Star: Søllerød Kro in Holte. The Samuel in Hellerup and Dragsholm Slot Gourmet in Hørve.
  13. US$80 is a fair Price for pre-booked taxi - Price does vary based on week day/ time of the day and also traffic - price from airport to your hotel will range between DKK 335 (US$ 53) to DKK 420 (US$ 67). Normally a taxi will be available at the airport. Taxi will accept credit card and tips nor required.
  14. Some more ideas - Copenhagen inspiration from the culture and travel medium Time Out. The 17 best things to do in Copenhagen The 12 best restaurants in Copenhagen The 11 best museums in Copenhagen
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