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Norway Northern Lights Cruise 2010
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(2010 March 10 – 21)
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MS NORDLYS ("Northern Lights")

AN ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL CRUISING


Sail on a Ship Named for this Unique Cruise
MS Nordlys
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Our twelve-day north and southbound cruise along the Norway coast from Bergen to above the Arctic Circle and back is aboard the Hurtigruten MS Nordlys. (She has two sister ships, MS Kong Harald and MS Richard With.) The ship is large but not huge with Deck 2 mostly reserved for cargo and cars. A top-notch dining room provides really good and abundant food with excellent service.

Note: Our original ship, MS Finnmarken, was taken out of service by Hurtigruten and has been replaced by the MS Nordlys, befitting since its name means "northern lights." (A side benefit is our guests will see costs reduced from about $240 to over $300 per person.)

Appointment These ships combine small ship atmosphere with space, style and comfort. Each has its own design and displays of works of art by Norwegian artists. In the beautifully appointed public areas you'll be able to enjoy the passing scenery whatever the weather. Therefore, the MS Nordlys has its own unique character sporting different colors, materials, and designs. The MS Nordlys boasts decor inspired by its name, "Northern Lights" in English, with lavish use of wood, brass and textiles which creates a relaxing elegant atmosphere.

A Working Ship Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Cruise ships are working ferries and also passenger ships—they sail the Norwegian coast delivering mail and goods to towns and villages. Still, most Hurtigruten ships look and feel like cruise ships. Unlike traditional cruises, however, there is no organized entertainment on board. Mother Nature provides your entertainment providing some of the most unbelievable scenery in the world with stops in wonderfully beautiful towns! A Norwegian Hurigruten Coastal Cruise is a unique alternative to traditional cruising.

Ship Information
  • Built
  • 1994 
  • Place Built
  • Strahlsund, Tyskland 
  • Berths
  • 475
  • Gross Tonnage
  • 11,204 
  • Length
  • 400 ft 
  • Width
  • 63 ft 
  • Passengers
  • 691 
  • Car Capacity
  • 45 
  • Service Speed
  • 15 knots   [ large image of ship ]
      Areas
    • Elevators
    • Public areas with works by Norwegian artists create a unique and distinct environment
    • Forward lounge taking up almost half of uppermost deck; enclosed all around with floor-to-ceiling windows
    • Smoking only in designated smoking areas out on deck
    • Dining hall, cafeteria, excellent bar and arcade
    • Library, lounges & conference room
    • Fitness and sauna
    • Ship also has pay phones and faxes
    • Self-service laundry incl. irons & ironing boards
      Cabins
    • Comfortable and cozy, all with private facilities
    • Not large but equipped with well designed closets, drawers & clever oddment spaces
    • Some wheelchair-accessible
    • About half the standard cabins have bunk beds
    • Bathrooms with heated floors & hair dryers
    • Safes, refrigerators, telephones & writing desk
    • Electric supply 220 volts—adapters & converters needed
      All Meals Included
    • Served at set times in dining room
    • Typical Times
        7-10 AM Breakfast buffet with a wide selection of food
        12-2:30 PM Large lunch buffet, hot/cold dishes, dessert
        6:30-9 PM Three course dinner
    • Special dietary requirements—will do best
      (but must arrange well in advance of departure)
    • No Room Service
    • 24-hour cafeteria for snacks (extra charge)
      Clothing
    • No dress code
    • Comfortable, casual
    • Layered to accommodate weather changes
    • Suggest warm sweater, hat, gloves, light rain gear, wind breaker
    • Good walking shoes vital
      Tipping and Currency on Board
    • Non-tipping policy on all ships
    • Discretionary only if feel a crew/staff member has given exceptional service
    • Accepted Currency: American Express, Visa & MasterCard
    • Cruise Cards: Given when boarding; can be used as form of payment until settling your account at the end of cruise
    Reception
    Reception
    Panorama Lounge
    Panoramic Lounge
    Restaraunt Area
    Restaurant
    Cafe
    Cafe
    Salon/Bar
    Salon/Bar
    Bar
    Bar
    Library
    Library
    Lobby
    Lobby
    Ftness
    Fitness
    Outside Cabin
    Outside Cabin


    More Information
    Home Page •  Cruise Overview •  About Aurorae •  Sailing Map •  Itinerary •  Sailing Schedule
    About the Ship •  Shore Excursions •  Cruise Costs •  Reservations •  Reservation Form •  Norway Basics
    Hurtigruten 2010 Norway Brochure (pdf file)    [view sample]
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