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planitohio's Port Reviews of Bergen, Flam
Caribbean Princess cruise in June 2012
Member Name: planitohio
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Member Review: planitohio's Caribbean Princess Review
Bergen
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our first port was Bergen. We were docked at a shipping port and were required to take buses to leave the area. They were free, but the line to get off was long. It took us about an hour to wait in line, get a number and get off to get on a bus to get to town. The ship docked at 10. The bus dropped us off by the lake in front of the art museum - so very central.

We immediately went to the funicular to beat some of the traffic. If you are going from the bus drop - it is up the hill and to the left. When we got there, the line moved fairly quickly. By the time we came down, the line was considerably longer and remained so the rest of the day. Given we had a beautiful day, it made for a nice view from the top. If you go to the top - walk up behind the tram and go to your left to enjoy the little troll park nearby. We purchased round trip tickets and did not stay at the top very long.

Bergen is an old town - very quaint. The fish market was fun to see and the information area was near here - although the wait for help took some time. It is easy to walk around this city, although it can take some time to find things. The old town section is worth walking through. The library is on the lake and does have free internet. We also went to the Leprosy Museum, which we thought was very interesting. We did have some difficulty finding this as signage was not ideal. We arrived just in time for the English tour at 2:00 and the museum closed at 3:00. The tour took about 45 minutes and I'd recommend the tour.

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Flam
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Getting off of the boat in Flam is crazy. People are coming up the steps and down the steps and there is no order. When released, it's a mad dash for the train station. The train station is in serious need of some organization. I had booked a group of 12 ahead of time and they did have my reservation - but getting it takes work. They have priority for group bookings - but no way to allow that priority. You can push to the front of the line - but then everyone gets ticked off. Once you get your ticket - you gather your group. We met at the red shed at the foot of the tracks at 9:15 for our 9:45 train. We went up to Myrdal and came right back. Two in our group got off and rode bikes down - they are available for rent at the top and they decided this at the last minute as the weather was so good. They took three hours to come down - with many stops. The first mile was very rocky and a lot of switchbacks - but the road improved after that. The train ride was delightful and we are glad we didn't stay at the top.

By booking a group, our seats were reserved. Make sure you ask the ticket person when you get your ticket what door you go in as it's very confusing when you board the train and you will want the right door. They will then have signs by your sections.

Our plan after the return was to see the movie and have lunch at the brewery. The movie was down for a few weeks with wire issues. The brewery didn't start serving until 4. The "town" is really only a few small buildings. There is hiking and there are free maps at the train station. Two in our group took the ship tour to Voss. They were gone all day and really enjoyed it.

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