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    Re: ::: Lofoten :::

    Originally posted by PanjiS View Post
    The northern lights with a bit of clouds are also an interesting sight!
    Yes, it was a different sight. There were really bright to shine so much through the clouds (ah, if only there hadn't been clouds...).

    March 8th.
    At some point during the night we picked up an impressive collection of fresh fish. Part of the reason I like Lofoten so much is that you get a real feeling that you are on a working ship and seeing the variety of cargo that is loaded and unloaded at each stop is really interesting. And having it loaded/unloaded by crane is so different than with a fenwick driving inside the ship (although I guess for the workers, the crane must not be so convenient...).



    Today is the call at Honningsvåg (and I did the North Cape excursion - again - and I don't have that many pictures of the ship except this one, catching a ray of sunlight).



    And in the evening, we waited for the Northern Lights in the panorama lounge (Ralf, this is for you! ).





    This is really how I like this lounge, at night, deserted, so quiet (you barely hear the ship's engine noise), so cozy (you can even dim the lights). I feel so safe and comfortable in here.
    MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
    Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
    My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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      Re: ::: Lofoten :::

      March 9th. Today is where it all ends and begins again! Call at Kirkenes, end of the road for some, beginning for others (including a French lady and her mother whom I met on a French-speaking travel forum - our discussions played a role in her decision to pick this particular ship, and I'm anxious like a young girl presenting her boyfriend to her parents for the first time... But they take an immediate liking to the ship which will not falter in the following days, even though the weather conditions haven't been the best. I helped made another convert! ).



      The wind has picked up during the night and it's getting worse by the minute. Thankfully it comes from the land so the sea isn't horrible but still, the arrival at Vardø is pretty bumpy. Of course I don't have the proper lens on my camera but there is no way I'm going to go down 3 flights of stairs to get it (because 1) I don't want to fall, and 2) I don't want to miss anything of that half-scary/half-exhilarating moment). So here it is as I managed to capture it from the bridge's aisle, along with another "weather mood" shot from the town, and the relief when we finally manage to come ashore. It really felt like winter that day.









      Later on that night, the call to Båtsfjord was cancelled.
      MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
      Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
      My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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        Re: ::: Lofoten :::

        Originally posted by Sarnia View Post
        And in the evening, we waited for the Northern Lights in the panorama lounge (Ralf, this is for you! ).
        This is really how I like this lounge, at night, deserted, so quiet (you barely hear the ship's engine noise), so cozy (you can even dim the lights). I feel so safe and comfortable in here.
        Yep! These are exactly my sentiments! We could sit both there - talk nothing but understand so well - and i bet, some of our forum fellows would join us! Thank you for posting!
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          Re: ::: Lofoten :::

          The forward observation lounge on the boat deck is THE BEST PLACE on the old ships (those that had one)... my favorite place too!
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            Re: ::: Lofoten :::

            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
            A wonderful image---! My favorite!
            Totally agree. Stunning image The engine telegraph is actually still in use - to inform the engineers that a manouver is about to happen, for example arrival or departure. The manouvering itself is performed directly from the bridge, so the telegraph is just a communication tool - so the engine crew are standby in case something should happen.

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              Re: ::: Lofoten :::

              Yep! These are exactly my sentiments! We could sit both there - talk nothing but understand so well - and i bet, some of our forum fellows would join us!
              Can I join you ?

              Through your photos of details of the ships, I think I will have the feeling of knowing here already once on board!

              Can you actually go inside the bridge ?

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                Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                Originally posted by PanjiS View Post
                Can I join you ?
                You are very welcome!
                You will actually be there before me, so please keep a seat warm for me!

                Originally posted by PanjiS View Post
                Can you actually go inside the bridge ?
                I actually didn't try, but maybe if you ask nicely?
                I realise now that a visit of the bridge was supposed to be included with my Ambassador membership... I will ask next time if it is possible.
                MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                  Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                  Originally posted by ostafjells View Post
                  Totally agree. Stunning image The engine telegraph is actually still in use - to inform the engineers that a manouver is about to happen, for example arrival or departure. The manouvering itself is performed directly from the bridge, so the telegraph is just a communication tool - so the engine crew are standby in case something should happen.
                  Thank you for that, I didn't know!

                  Some more pictures of the trip.
                  March 10th. It's still windy today but absolutely gorgeous weather nevertheless. I was longing for that when preparing the trip, blue skies, snowy mountains, cozy ship... Happiness.



                  Today we call at Hammerfest. The first picture below is here so that someone can tell me what those twin blue boats are?





                  MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                  Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                  My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                    Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                    I think we were a bit late calling at Øksfjord that afternoon. Notice how the ship is "tilting"? I guess it's because of the wind. She was stable, but with a tilt.





                    And it's snowing again when we arrive in Tromsø, so it's another night without Northern Lights.



                    Another public area that I quite like : the cafeteria (I don't enjoy the aft bar so much, I'm not sure why)

                    MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                    Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                    My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                      Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                      Back to the bridge question:

                      For members of the Ambassador Club (repeaters) an official bridge visit is offered and done by most of the captains - on any ship.
                      MS Lofoten enthusiasts are mostly standing on the bridge wing, directly beside the bridge and through the window you have a good overview what captain and crew are doing. So if you are polite and patient (and NOT asking all the time), it may happen that you are even invited to come in. On a cold day we even got offered a coffee, while we waited for some polar lights in the middle of the night! Of course that depends on the crew - and you - and how crowded it is there. To be alone (or two) there is an advantage.

                      Here are some illustrations: The place to be.



                      Check out the right weather - and clothing. There is warm air coming out of the half open door. So you are nearly inside...



                      View through the door. The coffeemachine is right beside the door...



                      And from the other side, including some vistors:

                      Last edited by Ralf__; November 7th, 2012, 15:56.
                      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                        Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                        Originally posted by Sarnia View Post
                        Today we call at Hammerfest. The first picture below is here so that someone can tell me what those twin blue boats are?
                        These are the two live fish carriers "Robas" and "Robris". They carry large numbers of live fish from fish farms along the coast. Norway is quite big in this industry, and you can find norwegian live fish carriers other places in Europe, like the Irish Sea.

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                          Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                          Originally posted by ostafjells View Post
                          These are the two live fish carriers "Robas" and "Robris". They carry large numbers of live fish from fish farms along the coast. Norway is quite big in this industry, and you can find norwegian live fish carriers other places in Europe, like the Irish Sea.
                          Thank you so much! Very interesting.
                          MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                          Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                          My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                            Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                            March 11th.
                            It's the last day on board MS Lofoten for us, because we leave the ship in Svolvaer to stay for a couple of days in the Lofoten Islands. And today is one of my favorite day of the journey : through the Vesteraalen islands, Risøyrenna, the Raftsundet... So much beauty.
                            Well, it could have happened this way. But it didn't exactly.
                            The weather is bad. It snows a lot, hiding the landscape most of the time (interesting atmosphere though). And the weather will get worse soon in the Vestfjord, so the captain is in a hurry to cross, in such a hurry that all the stops after Sortland are cancelled. We will have to leave the ship at Sortland and take the bus to Svolvaer. We are in a bit of a shock learning that and the morning is in a blur, but I still try to enjoy as much as I can, while I can.





                            When the snow is too bad, we go inside. The panorama lounge is invaded by a group of a dozen Japanese tourists (carrying about a hundred suitcases), I'm not sure where they boarded the ship (Tromsø? Hardstad?). So for today it will be the "smoking lounge" below (I don't know if this lounge has another name, since of course it's non-smoking now).



                            And with a hasty good-bye to our friends we leave the ship in Sortland and our last vision of her is the silhouette through a curtain of snow that falls horizontally.





                            So because the good-bye was shortened, because we want to see more Northern Lights, because we missed our A400 cabin, because it felt too short altogether, and because as soon as I was home I longed to be there again, we are going back next February!
                            MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                            Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                            My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                              Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                              So because the good-bye was shortened, because we want to see more Northern Lights, because we missed our A400 cabin, because it felt too short altogether, and because as soon as I was home I longed to be there again, we are going back next February!
                              I can understand it was quite a shock to leave the ship earlier than expected, especially before your favorite day! It seemed to have turned into an expedition trip when you don't know what is going to happen! I wish you luck for the next trip I understand your impatience to be back there...

                              @ Ralf: thanks for the clarification about bridge visits; I cross my fingers about having an unofficial visit!
                              Last edited by PanjiS; November 8th, 2012, 14:23.

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                                Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                                Oh Sarnia, what posts, what a story – your “day 9” (in Hurtigruten speak) that turned into an “Explorer Cruise”!

                                And I love that last sentence with all the “becauses”…

                                But you are going back onboard in February, and will catch up with “normal”. And afterwards I am sure that you will look back on that 11th of March with fond pleasure, because it wasn’t to plan, because of the Japanese tourists and the hasty departure and the curtains of snow….

                                (Of course February could surprise too! )

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