****17-day Grand Norway Vacation 4/21-5/7/09**** Summary:Fabulous!!!! The city visits were great. The train to Bergen wonderful. The scenery was spectacular every day all day.Overview
The voyage is billed as "The Most Beautiful Voyage in the World" and it would be very difficult to take issue with that statement. Check out the book of that name published by Hurtigruten (ISBN 82-993154-3-1). It provides detailed maps and descriptions of the voyage. We bought it on board for about $20.
Four of us (2 couples) left Washington Dulles on 4/21/09 for an overnight flight to Frankfort with connection to Oslo from there. Our flight was delayed for over an hour at Dulles because of weather problems in the New York City airspace through which we were routed. We arrived in Frankfort about an hour late, but made our connection to Oslo.
We were pleasantly surprised with the amount of space in the
"regular" cabins (deck 3). There are two
closets, each with two hang bars running front to back as opposed to the more
common left to right (or visa versa depending on your preferences). Each hanging bar will hold 5 or six
garments. Ample hangers were provided in
our cabin. Lots of shelf space behind
doors and lots of open shelf space too.
When the two bunks are in the down position for sleeping,
there is still about 2 feet of aisle space between the bunks. This was much more than we had visualized
from looking at the pictures on the Hurtigruten web site. A convenient shelf serves as a night stand
and holds the phone. The beds were
comfortable. Each bed has a duvet and
there are two extra blankets in the closet.
A large niche under a shelf provided enough room for our
large 29" suitcase within which were placed one of our carry-on bags. Our other carry-on slipped in on top, so we
got 3 bags into the space. Great!
DW and I agree that this cabin provides more room then the
standard cabins we've enjoyed on HAL. Of
course, there is not an option to have the beds together.