Roald Amundsen Review

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Andrew and Paul
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2019
Dessert in Lindstrøm
Video wall
First sighting of a polar bear
Roald Amundsen in Scoresbysund
Seal in Myggbukkta, Greenland
RIB iceberg safari in the Bjørne Islands, Greenland
Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland.
Iceberg in Scoresbysund
Roald Amundsen from Myggbukkta, Greenland
Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Glacier in Scoresbysund, Iceland
Scoresbysund, Iceland
Suite 841
Explorer Lounge

We have just returned from what was advertised as a 12 day sailing on Hurtigruten‘s new ship Roald Amundsen and what turned out to be a 10 day trip, to Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland.

We are a married couple in our late 50s and early 70s from the UK and have travelled on over 30 cruises including 2 Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyages which we loved for their simplicity and variety and very reasonable pricing. We had originally booked on Fridjof Nansen the sister ship but this was cancelled as the ship is not yet ready. When my husband made the new booking for Roald Amundsen he was told there were no connecting flights available yet but would become available if we looked on the website. We were so pleased to see an announcement that flights and transfers were now available for U.K. passengers for £99 per person. When I rang to book these we were told that this price was for new passengers only and that our price would be £454 per person. We eventually felt we had no choice but to pay this.

We had a very long flight to join the the ship in Longyearbyen - we left our home in Leicestershire at 10 am on the Friday morning and finally boarded the ship just after 5 am on the Saturday morning. I had previously asked Hurtigruten if we would be able to sleep on board that night and they said of course we would. This was not true. As a great and very welcome surprise to me my husband had upgraded us to a suite. We were supposed to have a priority champagne check in. This didn’t happen and we carried our own luggage on and queued in various places until we were able to check in, it was chaotic and not a good start after such a long journey.

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