Having been on three previous Hurtigruten cruises we know that the ship size (small), the provision of interesting lectures instead of Abba tribute bands or similar and the unusual itineraries would suit our interests.
After flying to Vancouver for one night the plan was then to be flown to Nome in Alaska and cruise down the Bering Sea and then along the Aleutian Islands and the Inside Passage back to Vancouver. The scenery promised to be spectacular and the numerous opportunities to see the local wildlife would, it seemed, be unmatched anywhere else. It didn't quite work out that way.
First there was a 5 hour delay on out Air Canada flight from Heathrow. Not Hurtigruten's fault but it wiped out the scheduled evening out in Vancouver as we arrived at our hotel very late in the evening. Nevertheless we were told to put our luggage in reception before 05.30 the next morning for our flight to Nome.