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Author: shooting4625

Joined: 5/21/2010
Posts: 30
Trips Taken: 6
Traveler Since: 2008

March 16, 2014

Considering the cruise tour to Norway/Lapland, I was wondering if the ship hugs the coast line or disapears out into the sea like the big cruise ships, took a GCT/holland america around South America and apart from the glacier viewing I was looking at ocean for 12 days, and any other issues.

Colin

Author: janice!

Joined: 3/18/2010
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March 16, 2014

The ship stays close to the coast most of the time and makes multiple stops every day and night. Although I haven't done the GCT trip, I've been on the Coastal Steamer on three of my four trips to Norway and support their claim that it is the world's most beautiful voyage. Check out the website at http://www.hurtigruten.us. Hurtigruten means fast route butt it's not really very fast.

Author: ray.

Joined: 4/14/2010
Posts: 9
Trips Taken: 12
Traveler Since: 2002

March 17, 2014

Hurtigruten is like a ferry used by locals the way buses were used. Stops at one or more ports everyday to take on and unload passengers, cars, and supplies. Most stops are for a few hours so you can get ashore to walk around.

Author: janice!

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March 17, 2014

There are 30 scheduled stops between Kirkenes and Bergen during June through August. Ten of them are an hour or more; the others vary between 15 and 45 minutes. The schedule is on the website I cited in my previous post.

There's an excellent video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njgeRzewge0.

Author: singsling

Joined: 6/23/2010
Posts: 239
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Traveler Since: 1995

March 18, 2014

We took a Norway and Lapland cruise/tour in 2011 from Helsinki (2 days) to Bergen, visiting and touring Lapland and embarking in Kirkens on the Richard With.  The whole tour was great (our 4th or 5th trip that started or stopped in Helsinki).  The "dinner at reindeer farm" was not as expected.  It was not at the "family's" home.  They had a hut in the "country" where they prepared the meal and served it well.  But, it was not a "home hosted" dinner.  This was better for us as we don't like going to people's homes.

Kirkens was nice but one street town, and in summer was quite vacant.  The hotel/lodge was pretty nice.

The Richard With ship was excellent.  It is as described--a supply ship. So, don't expect casinos, entertainment, many bars, or several restaurants to choose from.  The dining room was first rate elegant, tasteful decor, food excelent with many, many choices, and as the description says, lots of fish.  They served beef, pork, and chicken at almost every meal.  The wait staff excellent, dressed in formal attire, and attentive to one's every need.  All meals were buffet, but you could order something from the kitchen if needed for diet.  Also, most dinner meals were served rather than buffet.

Some stops were 15 minutes (to let passengers off), 30 minutes to drive a car off or drop off a refrigerator, to 3 hours to attend  midnight concert.  There was one day only that GCT offered a tour while on the ship, but all other tours were to be purchased from the ship's Tour desk,and were quite pricey.  The GCT tour was an included tour.  There was no dancing or other entertainment, but someone on our ship had a guitar and played in one of the conferenc room set up with chairs.  Paintigs and other art were on the ship's walls or tables. It was wonderful but not the Holland America or Prncess or other cruis ships. We actually liked hte RW better than the big ships.  \

There is small canteen that serves sandwiches and drinks, and a small gift shop with pricey items.  The scenery from decks or windows is beautifu; the midight concert of clasical hymns or other music played and sung by church members in Trompso (not sure spelling) was a treat; tickets purchased either ahead of time or as soon as embarking as tickets sell out fast.  They had large buses to take us the chapel.  We loved this cruise.

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