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    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 10th Sep 17, 8:12 PM
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    Norwegian fjords cruise
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    Norwegian fjords cruise 10th Sep 17 at 8:12 PM
    Wife and I fancy trying a cruise, probably the Norwegian Fjords to see the work of Slartibartfast. I've not been been a cruise since I was a kid and my wife never has, though we've done loads of long ferry crossings.

    We've been put off cruising so far by all the pretentiousness you hear about, we're not interested in dining on the captain's table etc, and petty rules and procedures - such as being told what you have to wear to dinner (no way am I wearing a suit or tie), having bags searched for booze, having to pay tips up front before even setting foot on the ship etc.

    Can anyone recommend a cruise company that treats you like an adult and doesn't tell you what you have to wear, tip, bring aboard (within reason) etc?

    We've been looking at Hurtigruten which seems to fit the bill - has anyone been with them?

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    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 13th Sep 17, 1:00 PM
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    We went from Bergen to Tromso and I had a double cabin for single occupancy, with sea view, for about £350....but it was 5 years ago. We arranged our own flights and had an extra couple of nights in Tromso at the end of the cruise. I seem to remember the whole trip costing about £1,000 each with excursions from the boat, flights, hotel/food etc, lights chasing trip from Tromso - but we did splurge a bit.
    Originally posted by Mir!
    Looks like the one way coastal voyage is now a bit over £600 - though that's all the way to Kirkenes, with full board (ex drinks I think).
    • elsien
    • By elsien 13th Sep 17, 2:19 PM
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    We booked the flights as a package, and I'm quite glad we did because when our flight was delayed due to bad weather and the boat left without us, hrutigruten were responsible for organising the taxis to chase it down the coast to the next stop. Although I suppose if you're organising your own flights you'd build extra time in for those eventualities.
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    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 13th Sep 17, 3:19 PM
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    That'd be me then. I don't get changed for dinner at home, so if I've not done anything to get me grubby, I don't really see the point of getting changed for dinner just because I happen to be on a boat instead.
    Originally posted by elsien


    But after a day's sight seeing or sunbathing then wouldn't you shower before eating.

    But we don't want posh dinners, neither of us likes eating late, hate going to bed on a full stomach, would prefer a good lunch and light early dinner, no later than 7pm, pref 5-6pm.

    Evening entertainment would be good, but not essential, for instance cabaret, piano bar, magic show, karaoke, comedy show, murder mystery night etc. But we do a lot of that at home so it's not vital - just chatting with people we've just met in the bar is fine, or even playing cards/board games.
    Originally posted by zagfles
    I don't know if it's the cruises you've heard about or whether it's your perception (a little of both I suspect) of cruises but I've found them to be flexible in that you can tailor each day to what you want to do.


    There's no rule that says you have to eat yourself silly, or eat late. There's no rule that says you have to be suffer forced entertainment - one of my favourite pastimes is to 'people watch'.


    Many of the cruise lines will allow you to bring your own alcohol on board, within reason, but again in my experience the bar prices are comparable with pub prices.


    There's no rule that says that you have to dress up a dog's dinner but do you know what - I find it's nice, just occasionally, to do that.


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    • elsien
    • By elsien 13th Sep 17, 3:44 PM
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    I hate sunbathing. Sitting in the shade with a book is more my thing. And of course if I got hot and sweaty I'd shower and change.
    But as it was -24 outside when I visited, getting hot and bothered wasn't an issue and my large array of outdoor wear took the brunt of any dirt that came my way. Then the jeans and a fleece for a relaxed evening.
    I guess I'm just a mucky beggar at heart.
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    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 13th Sep 17, 4:02 PM
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    But after a day's sight seeing or sunbathing then wouldn't you shower before eating.
    Originally posted by gettingtheresometime
    I don't think we'd be sunbathing on a Norwegian cruise in winter or spring .

    I'd treat it like home - if I'd been doing stuff that gets me sweaty or dirty I'd have a shower and change, if not I wouldn't.
    I don't know if it's the cruises you've heard about or whether it's your perception (a little of both I suspect) of cruises but I've found them to be flexible in that you can tailor each day to what you want to do.


    There's no rule that says you have to eat yourself silly, or eat late. There's no rule that says you have to be suffer forced entertainment - one of my favourite pastimes is to 'people watch'.
    I think you've misread my post, I'd quite like entertainment as I said. Just that it's not essential as it's stuff I do a lot at home anyway.

    Re eating - in my travels I've been to townswhere it's quite difficult to find restaurants open before 7 or 8pm in the entire town, so I thought this might be a problem on some cruises.
    Many of the cruise lines will allow you to bring your own alcohol on board, within reason, but again in my experience the bar prices are comparable with pub prices.
    Thanks - which cruise lines are good value/allow own drinks?
    There's no rule that says that you have to dress up a dog's dinner but do you know what - I find it's nice, just occasionally, to do that.
    That's good, I don't have any problem with others dressing up as they want, as long as they have no problem with me dressing as I want, within reason.
    At the end of the day each cruise line will appeal to different sorts of passengers. It's just a case of finding the one that suits you.
    Indeed - that's what I'm trying to do.
    • michele-p
    • By michele-p 13th Sep 17, 8:43 PM
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    My mum and dad have been on many Thomson cruises, they didn't want to get dressed up for dinner, and found it just right. I don't know about the Norway route, but they did many throughout Europe for good prices.

    Norway is EXPENSIVE, so a cruise could be a great option. We just had a 7 day road trip from Oslo to Bergen and back. The one thing we found, outside of those 2 cities, people just don't eat out. Thank goodness we decided to take most of our food with us. Driving round a largish town on a sat night at 7pm, looking for somewhere to eat, we discovered a community centre with a chinese/Norwegian place. It was literally the only place we could eat!

    I'd imagine cruise ports will be nicely bustling with cafes ect, and you'd eat your evening meal on board anyway. It's a beautiful country, and the people are so helpful and friendly. We just didn't drink for a week, but you could have wine/drinks on board!
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 13th Sep 17, 10:48 PM
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    My mum and dad have been on many Thomson cruises, they didn't want to get dressed up for dinner, and found it just right. I don't know about the Norway route, but they did many throughout Europe for good prices.
    Originally posted by michele-p
    Yes, the Thomson one looks quite good, but they only seem to have one date available, in July, not sure if that's their only cruise there or the others are fully booked.
    Norway is EXPENSIVE, so a cruise could be a great option. We just had a 7 day road trip from Oslo to Bergen and back. The one thing we found, outside of those 2 cities, people just don't eat out. Thank goodness we decided to take most of our food with us. Driving round a largish town on a sat night at 7pm, looking for somewhere to eat, we discovered a community centre with a chinese/Norwegian place. It was literally the only place we could eat!
    Yes, Sweden is similar. Same with pubs.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 15th Sep 17, 3:00 PM
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    this dropped into my inbox an example of current pricing/packaging, shop around.

    https://www.imaginecruising.co.uk/more-dates/334945
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 15th Sep 17, 3:04 PM
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    Ships start evening nosh(buffet and restaurant) around 5pm-6pm many have 24hr options anyway to fill the gaps.

    Most lines have policies on taking your own but depending on port of departure this may not be an issue if you want some cabin stock like a wine box or a bottle of spirit.
    • fredandwilma
    • By fredandwilma 15th Sep 17, 8:40 PM
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    Try Fred Olsen?

    Less informal, smaller ships which can sail down the fjords the larger ships can't access.

    I've done something similar to this below, visiting North Cape / Arctic Circle

    http://www.fredolsencruises.com/places-we-visit/cruise-holiday/exploring-remote-spitsbergen-W1813?port=honningsvag-north-cape&referrer=1&isback=1


    Cruising isn't for me however we visited Spitsbergen, Lofoten Islands, Leknes, Henningsvaer, Tromsø , Honningsvåg, to name a few i can remember and also visited a Sami settlement.

    hth

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