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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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      Re: ::: Lofoten :::

      Originally posted by Seagull View Post
      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….
      It's actually already the case. Yes, it was unplanned, and unsettling at the moment, but in the end it turned out fine (and isn't it what travel is all about? ). In Sortland we encountered a very nice man who offered to drive us to the bus station (it's not that close to the Hurtigruten terminal, it was snowing heavily and we were NOT looking forward carrying our luggage in 4 inches of snow...), he was driving a friend home and actually came back for us, I was amazed by his kindness. Then the bus ride was nice, the sun came out and there were incredible lights on the mountain. We took the ferry from Melbu to Fiskebøl so we actually arrived in the Lofoten Islands by boat! (even if it wasn't exactly the boat we expected). And we arrived in Svolvaer at about the same hour as we would have with MS Lofoten (and in the same spot since the bus stop is right behind the Hurtigruten terminal).

      But still, you understand why we HAVE to go back? And bring on surprises, I'm okay with that (as long as they are not scary : I would not like a full blown storm in the Barents Sea, for instance..).

      I have to add that on our return in France Hurtigruten refunded us the cost of the bus ticket and also the cost of one day on board, which I thought was very nice of them.
      Last edited by Sarnia; November 8th, 2012, 16:16.
      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
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        Re: ::: Lofoten :::

        I usually stay around on deck until the ship passes Trondenes church and then go for breakfast. Perhaps Yves will be doing the same!

        Hi Cecilia.
        I was on the portside wing bridge at 6.30 for arrival in Harstad, and after a walk around the pier (it would had been great to meet Herbjorg Wassmo),I had a quick breakfast before go back upstairs.I was on the sun deck when RW docked.

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          Re: ::: Lofoten :::

          Bonjour Sarnia.
          Nice idea to post your pics. just now.In a way I relive my own journey.It gives me a warm sensation and , as usual , your photos have the taste of a sweet: you know, this madeleine of Proust!

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            Re: ::: Lofoten :::

            Just posting a couple of interiors taken in 2003, in connection with a discussion across in Nordstjernen’s thread about changes and furnishings, and what does or doesn’t seem more modern.

            Interesting to compare with, for example, PanjiS recent photos taken September 2012.


            I always thought of this as the “green lounge”.



            Here it not much other than the curtains that have changed, but somehow it makes a huge difference. This sole inhabitant was not typical of the trip –the chairs in front of the windows, were normally pulled together and inhabited by a row of formidable ladies, not looking out, but knitting. Moreover it was a quiet library-like lounge which I, never sitting in one place for very long and cluttered with clothes and camera for frequent forays outside, disturbingly blundered into feeling rather out of place! I wonder if this panorama lounge would now become a more favourite lounge as it seems to be for the rest of you.

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              Re: ::: Lofoten :::

              Originally posted by Seagull View Post
              Just posting a couple of interiors taken in 2003, in connection with a discussion across in Nordstjernen’s thread about changes and furnishings, and what does or doesn’t seem more modern.

              Interesting to compare with, for example, PanjiS recent photos taken September 2012.


              I always thought of this as the “green lounge”.



              Here it not much other than the curtains that have changed, but somehow it makes a huge difference. This sole inhabitant was not typical of the trip –the chairs in front of the windows, were normally pulled together and inhabited by a row of formidable ladies, not looking out, but knitting. Moreover it was a quiet library-like lounge which I, never sitting in one place for very long and cluttered with clothes and camera for frequent forays outside, disturbingly blundered into feeling rather out of place! I wonder if this panorama lounge would now become a more favourite lounge as it seems to be for the rest of you.
              This is how MS Lofoten looked on my first trip in 2006. I liked the green upholstery much better (and it takes your pictures to realise what had changed! I felt the lounge was different, but couldn't figure why) but I am not sorry for the change of curtains (but I don't like curtains, in general, and I felt the old ones were quite dated, the new ones are warmer and more discrete). I think the carpet has been changed as well.

              These lounges for me give a feeling of a British gentlemen's club (although I have actually, of course, never been in one), a feeling of warmth, coziness, quietness and discrete luxury. I have not been on MS Nordstjernen but from the pictures I get a feeling of maybe less "luxury" but more friendly, more open, where it is more easy and natural to talk to your neighbors. I don't think the atmosphere on this lounge has much changed from what you describe Cecilia. During the day I also mostly use this lounge for brief hand warming after - and before - being outside for a while, but then frequently something catches my eyes and I have to go outside again. But there is a feeling of quietness here, people read here - or knit, yes - and these few chairs in front of the windows are quite sought after during the day. It's at night that I enjoy it the most.
              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 :::

                "Lofoten" on her way to Skjervøy this lovely evening.

                Best wishes from
                Bengt Domben

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                  Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                  How elegant she is sliding through the night... marvellous picture!!
                  Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                    Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                    Thank you very much, Ralf
                    She is so elegant to look at as she sails past the darkness.
                    Best wishes from
                    Bengt Domben

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                      Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                      Lofoten.... the final surviving classical ship of Hurtigruten: who could have known 10-20 years ago, that Lofoten would be the last one!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                        Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                        Lofoten.... the final surviving classical ship of Hurtigruten: who could have known 10-20 years ago, that Lofoten would be the last one!
                        Which one would you have thought to become the most likely "survivor" 20 years ago, I wonder?

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                          Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                          Originally posted by Gestumblindi View Post
                          Which one would you have thought to become the most likely "survivor" 20 years ago, I wonder?
                          I don't have an opinion because 20 years ago my knowledge was very limited but by my reckoning, these are the candidates:
                          • MS POLARLYS (2) 1952-1993 (BDS)
                          • MS FINNMARKEN (2) 1956-1993 (VDS)
                          • MS NORDSTJERNEN (2) 1956-2012 (BDS)
                          • MS RAGNVALD JARL (2) 1956-1995 (NFDS)
                          • MS HARALD JARL 1960-2001 (NFDS)
                          • MS KONG OLAV 1964-1997 (DSD)
                          • MS LOFOTEN (2) 1964- (VDS)
                          • MS NORDNORGE (3) 1964-1996 (ODS)
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                          Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
                          Deck plan geek.

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                            Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                            Without knowing their "technical standard" in depth, I would have thought that either Nordnorge or Kong Olav would be the two last one's. Perhaps even Harald Jarl or Lofoten.
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                              Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                              Originally posted by Clipper View Post
                              I don't have an opinion because 20 years ago my knowledge was very limited but by my reckoning, these are the candidates:
                              • MS POLARLYS (2) 1952-1993 (BDS)
                              • MS FINNMARKEN (2) 1956-1993 (VDS)
                              • MS NORDSTJERNEN (2) 1956-2012 (BDS)
                              • MS RAGNVALD JARL (2) 1956-1995 (NFDS)
                              • MS HARALD JARL 1960-2001 (NFDS)
                              • MS KONG OLAV 1964-1997 (DSD)
                              • MS LOFOTEN (2) 1964- (VDS)
                              • MS NORDNORGE (3) 1964-1996 (ODS)
                              Well, in a way it's heartening that most of those (except Polarlys and Nordnorge) are still there in some form... Finnmarken as a museum, Nordstjernen heading towards Poland (awaiting WHAT future, exactly...? (dunno) ), Ragnvald Jarl active as Sjøkurs, Harald Jarl a cruise ship active again in the near future, now called Serenissima and good-looking as it seems from the other thread, Kong Olav... well, no need to go into detail... and Lofoten still in Hurtigruten. I think that's not a too bad status for ships this old

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                                Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                                Cecilia suggests I post this one here,so
                                Lofoten docking at Berlevag begenning of November


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