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    Hi Clipper – those meal prices are for if one is doing a shorter port-to-port voyage (sometimes referred to as “distance passengers”) and wants to eat some meals in the restaurant rather than the cafeteria.

    However, if one is booking the whole Voyage South from Kirkenes to Bergen, then full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are INCLUDED in the voyage price. The actual voyage price depends on the grade of cabin chosen.

    At the moment, there is a 15% reduction on the prices for booking before December 31st (but note their computer will be down for upgrade on Monday 20th). One can also phone the London Office to book – I had to do this because I was entitled to discounts as previous customer which wern't in the computer.

    (The prices quoted don’t include flights, I am arranging my own anyway, but the London office would do that for you if requested.)

    Examples of early booking prices for Kirkenes to Bergen departing 1st November 2011 for single person are
    Grade I Inside cabin £691
    Grade J and L limited view £765
    Grade N £805

    So does that sound better to you now you know the meals are included? It would be great if you could join us!

    Oh, should add that booking on the phone I just paid a deposit and don't have to pay the balance until 4th September.
    Last edited by Seagull; December 17th, 2010, 22:50.

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      'Fraid not Seagull. Still way out of my league. My affluent days are a thing of the past.

      For the record, this is how I built a price for the cheapest cabin ...

      Starting at https://consumerbooking.hurtigruten.com/en/
      Port to Port
      01.November 2011
      "Price starting at: £370 Per person in unspecified cabin"
      1 passenger, no vehicle
      cabin: Inside (1 person)
      "Cruise Price: £395"

      At this point an "i" button opens a window in which I found the meal prices I posted above. My own calculation for half board gives (£40 + £14) * 5 = £270. Taking the "Half board" option and recalculating, the site calculates exactly the same; Meals: £270.

      Then, it wants credit card etc so this is where I stop. It's not clear whether or not the price continues to build on further pages but let's assume not. That would give an all up price of £665 (slightly short of your £691 but you say that's full board?) Then there's the round trip from home to KKN and the price of a KKN park bench overnight .... I think I'll get out my old Hurtigruten timetable and fantasise over the 1985 prices. I posted them somewhere in another CV topic.

      Maybe if I started with something other than Port to Port, then I would get the same deal you got, but it really doesn't surprise me that you ended up phoning the booking agent in London.

      Was it better when the pound was strong?

      Clipper
      Last edited by Clipper; December 18th, 2010, 01:22.
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      Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
      Deck plan geek.
      The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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        This is actually the sequence (for UK folk) I followed to see price info for the Voyage South, Kirkenes to Bergen.
        The reason I eventually phoned the London Office rather than booking online was to get discounts as a repeat customer, which can’t be done online.

        Start from the UK Hurtigruten site:- http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/norway/

        Click the green button BOOK ONLINE
        Click “6 Day Voyage South”
        It has already filled in Kirkenes to Bergen, so just keep clicking Next on the Calendar to reach, for example, November 2011, and select the 1st.
        Click green button “Find Price and Book”

        At the moment there are two green buttons on the next screen “Available Deals”
        DON’T press “Continue”! – Press the button “Select” for “Early Booking Discount - 15%, booking up to 31.12.10”

        The next screen shows that the ship that day is Nordnorge. Enter number of Guests. I’ve put 1.
        Click the green “Continue booking”.

        The next screen is Choose your cabin alternative. Lets go for the cheapest as an example – this would be an inside cabin, Category I, at £691. Click “select this alternative” red button under the price.

        You will see near the top of the next page, immediately below where you enter first name, it states “Meals are included”. (Yes I can see that there is a circle info button next to it which if clicked lists the prices of meals, but I assure you that they really are included in the full Kirkenes to Bergen “Voyage South”)

        Also at the top of the page, a full voyage passenger (as opposed to a port-to-port distance passenger) is able to pre-book a specific cabin, not just a category. There is a drop down list of available cabins in the category you already chose in Cabin Alternatives.


        Filling in the personal details and proceeding to the screen requiring credit card details, the total is still £691. I see that they will take a deposit now of, in this example, £139, leaving a balance of £552 to be invoiced separately. The balance is due 8 weeks before departure.


        Clipper, it is interesting what you say about past times and prices in the 1980’s and 90’s for example, but of course one has to remember what salaries were in those days too. I can only say that for me back then, even as someone who has always put “travel” very high in my personal priorities, Hurtigruten was firmly in the fantasy category, and my general feeling is that it is more affordable now in real terms.

        It is perhaps worth adding that other kinds of deals and offers do appear from time to time, so I would keep in touch with Hurtigruten, and keep dream dates pencilled in your diary just in case!

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          Thanks for that Cecilia. When they offer a Nobel Prize for Hurtigruten Booking, I'm sure you will be in the frame.

          The key seems to be knowing where to start, and the page I found didn't have a “6 Day Voyage South" option ..... but ..... going back to that page I just found a route into the early booking 15% discount offer via "Round Trip", KKN-BGO, 1 NOV 2011, "Find Price & Book". That's what I should have done in the first place!

          Following through ...
          I1 Inside Cabin (1 person) = £691
          And YES - this time I get "Meals are included" and can select a cabin.

          I so wish I cound continue through to making a booking. :-(

          Maybe if I tell them I sailed on Harald Jarl they would say, "in that case, here's a free lifetime pass". Fantasy, but a good one.

          Clipper
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          Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
          Deck plan geek.
          The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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            This is all _Ralph's fault.

            Clipper
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            Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
            Deck plan geek.
            The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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              Yes, it is......gee, wish I knew what kind of world I will be in in November...would be nice to come along.....
              (yes, I looked.....)

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                Well, as I said to Clipper, never forget the concept of last-minute booking…

                As for that E giggle …no…stop giggling E….don’t encourage me… I mustn’t even think of clicking on “Your country: United States” to see what website wonders and wanderings that produces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  Booking on Hurtigruten is a challenge even here in the US! Fortunately I have a very good and patient travel agent. When I need her to contact them regarding our April 2011 voyage, I always start my email or call with, "Hey, Jody, ready to do battle with Hurtigruten, today?" Generally she is and gets an answer, but it is not easy!

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                    Hey uppitycats!!! I was wondering where you'd gotten to just the other day!!!!!!! How are you?

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                      I am just fine, thanks! But my next cruise isn't until April ... MUCH too far away! and it's very cold here, with 14 inches of snow on the ground. Winter hasn't officially started and I'm already tired of it!

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                        Cecilia, that is great. I wonder, what all will happen until next November and who else will think about joining us! I received also the first PM to arrange a port visit with one of our members. We will have a great time aboard Nordnorge!
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                          I think that three CV members gathering together is currently the record …. It would be great if we could beat that Ralf, wouldn’t it!

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                            Well, that would be great, but now the others have to decide... we laid the foundation.

                            We will sleep two decks lower, we have N-362 and N-364. You have not much possibilities to choose if you need 3-bed cabins. I did not want the harbour side because of the on- and off-loading noise during the night. I would also prefer a cabin more in direction of the bow, in that position like yours, but all three bed cabins seem to be in the rear area. So i wonder how noisy this position near the freight deck and the machine will be...

                            But we had A2-200 on Lofoten and that was O.K., although i bet more noisy...

                            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                              I haven’t ever been in a cabin at the aft of Deck 3 on any of this generation of ship, though I have been in the comparable position on Midnatsol (where Deck 4 is the deck above the car deck), and I don’t recollect it being extra noisy.
                              But perhaps I wouldn’t remember even if it had been –I rather like waking when the ships stop in the night, look out to see where we are (so like outside cabins port side) and I have often been known to dress and pop outside for a few minutes (so like promenade deck at ends of corridors)!

                              (On Fram I prefer starboard, so as to see the polar circle boats coming and going for landings.)

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                                It is the same to me, in most ports i am awake and standing on deck - but i am not alone so i have to take care for the rest of my family, they will sleep during the nights. Is there a specific reason that you will start your voyage in Tromso? Do you want to have more time for the city, Polaria, ...?
                                If you have some special interest in the University, let me know, i could try to build up a contact with our fantastic guide from 2007, who is related to friends of us, and is working as a professor there.
                                Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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