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Norwegian cruise, London, Bavaria and the Maldives

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So now seems like as good as any time to give my thoughts about this cruise. In summary, I truly loved it and far far exceeded my expectations.

I'd never been on a cruise before (does the Rotto ferry or Kangaroo Island ferry count?!) and never actually had any desire too. A big boat crowded with people sailing aimlessly did not (and still does not) sound even remotely appealing. So this being smaller and also not too busy must have added to the experience. There wasn't anything overly fancy about the ship, but the food was excellent and accommodation did the job. The staff were super friendly and really knowledgeable.

However, what truly amazed me was the scenery and the beauty of Norway. I loved being somewhere different each day without the hassle of packing up and having to fly/drive. Snow and cold is a novelty and added to the experience for me. I'd imagine in summer it must be just as spectacular and the long days would certainly be nice too.

In terms of the room we had on the ship. In hindsight I'd actually go the same option again. While there were certainly better rooms, none were really that much bigger that the extra cost would have been justified for me. The room was quite and had excellent privacy (as opposed to a room on the deck where people can walk around the outside).

Time went extremely quickly and I'm glad we decided to do the return voyage, rather than just the north or south bound one. If you do have to choose one, I'd suggest the north bound one seemed to have better stops during the day. However, in summer where there is more daylight, the south bound option would be pretty good too.

One thing we might have done slightly differently was booking the hiking package. This includes a set number of the hike excursions and is cheaper than paying for them individually. We didn't do this originally as we really weren't too sure how things worked or what kind of things would interest us.

So to say I love this and really glad we did it would be an understatement.
Thank you. I feel a bit reassured as we are doing the cruise from Bergen, northbound only, in two weeks. It was good to hear some practical details and to check out your clothing etc. If you think of anything to include that we can still pick up while here in Spain, I’d appreciate it. Can you take duty free onto the ship? We have already bought some crampons to slip over our shoes, after wishing we had them in Helsinki and Tallin last year.

Looking forward to our trip even more, as a result of your detailed report. Thanks!
 

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Thank you. I feel a bit reassured as we are doing the cruise from Bergen, northbound only, in two weeks. It was good to hear some practical details and to check out your clothing etc. If you think of anything to include that we can still pick up while here in Spain, I’d appreciate it. Can you take duty free onto the ship? We have already bought some crampons to slip over our shoes, after wishing we had them in Helsinki and Tallin last year.

Looking forward to our trip even more, as a result of your detailed report. Thanks!
I assume you mean duty free alcohol? Yes you can. Apparently you're meant to hand it over and you'll get it back when you disembark. Ie, you're not meant to drink your own booze on board. We had a few bottles of wine in our bag to gift later on in our trip. No issues. If you're carrying it openly, they might say something, but who knows. Certainly, no problem if you're not planning on drinking it.

I took my ski gloves which worked well when it was really cold. I also had a thinner inner pair that I used if it wasn't too cold/windy or needed to use my camera.

Finally, you can buy clothing/emergency supplies on board. There's a self service laundry which requires coins. Again, they'll give you those on board as needed. I had no need for cash in Norway.

After you board, go have a chat with the expedition team. I suspect they won't be too busy initially. A good way to get questions answered and plan any trips you might want.

I didn't pay for internet on board. Instead just used my $5/day Vodafone roaming. I had covered 99% of the time.

If you have questions, feel free to either ask here or DM me. Happy to answer.

Edit: In most of the small towns you can also buy any emergency supplies. Ie, clothes/pharmacy etc.

And finally, don't worry about needing snacks. You will not go hungry!
 
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