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  • Tunnicliffe, Wolverhampton - Commented on this review

    A very informative review. We are going on the Eclipse in August 2015 visiting the same ports. Any tips regarding the ship or ports would be appreciated. Many thanks.

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    • Mary, London Commented on a comment by Tunnicliffe (18 Sep 14 10:48)

      I was on this cruise too & these are some of the things I enjoyed . . . Bergen: fab hot chocolate; funicular was fun and great walks from the top . . . With spectacular views; also took the little train trip, but that was disappointing - at times the commentary was completely drowned out by the engine noise and it was very fumey. The best shopping was in bergen imo. Next time i'm going to try the cable car. Geiranger: we spent far too long here imo. If I go again i'd take an excursion. The hoho bus stopped really early and the season finishes on 1st september . . . We were there on the 2nd. Probably giod for those who can hike, but I have a heart condition and sadly that limits what I can do. Lots of people were just mooching around, looking for something to buy . . . Or went back to the ship. Lovely scenery though. Alesund: the hoho bus didn't let you hoho (perhaps this was different if you got an early one - butt seemed the theme with hoho in norway . . . The schedule finished hours earlier than advertised and you had to stay on the bus. ) however, the eclipse moored right at the bus station, so I took a number 618 (if memory serves) bus to sunnmore open air museum. I went to see one of the shetland bus boats, but could have happily spent the whole day there. The war memorial at alesund also features the shetland bus boat and story, but it was interesting that the hoho bus people had never heard of the shetland bus and so of course had no idea one of the boats was actually in alesund! Stavanger: really nice town to walk around and the one place where hoho worked. It takes you to a big lake and a royal palace. The highlight for me though was the fjords themselves. Nothing had prepared me for their spectacular gorgeousness! Enjoy! !

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      • Mary, London Commented on a comment by Mary (18 Sep 14 10:57)

        Sorry about the layout of my comment. It left me with upper and lower cases and set out in paragraphs. I don't know what happened after I clicked "submit".

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  • Howard, Downham Market - Commented on this review

    Begum and Alesund were nice towns but the real highligts were the Fjords themselves. Some friends booked themselves on the Flam Railway and were placed in a compartment with other nationalities. This meant that although the commentrary was in English by the time they got to it the other nations were talking loudly over the top. We took the Celebrity option and enjoyed the trip/commentry. At the hotel at the top you get Coffee & Waffles included - best to eat them in the upstairs room - less crowded and spectacular views. At Geranger & Stananger we just walked away for the tourist bit and enjoyed the walking. As regards the ship, tyips would be get to the shows early and do visit the Hot Glass show, take your ticket and you may win one of the unique items made! On the Eclipse there is just so much to enjoy that I honestly don't know where to start. We have booked again (Canaries) and our cabin is 3 down from 1070 where we were on the Fjords.

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  • Spencer, London - Commented on this review

    If you are going to Bergen and love classical music, do treat yourself to the trip visiting Grieg's home and museum - an absolute treat and there should still be time to explore this lovely town afterwards.

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  • Tunnicliffe, Wolverhampton - Commented on this review

    Thanks for the replies, it is really appreciated.

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  • Wood, Barnstaple - Commented on this review

    Excellent review thanks. Very helpful as we are going to the fjords on the eclipse in may 2015.

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  • Johnson, Wimborne - Commented on this review

    When you did the railway trip at flam, which side of the train is best please? Do you retain that seat when you get off at the end or do you just make the return trip? Thanks for your help with this. We are visiting norway next year in conjunction with iceland and are really looking forward to this experience.

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  • Howard, Downham Market - Commented on this review

    Which side of the train? To be honest I wouldn't like to guess. The train goes up the fjord valley and then (about halfway up) crosses the river via a bridge. So whatever side of the train you sit you do have a reasonable time looking out at the views. Obviously you also have the opportunity to select your seat on the way down so you can get on the other side for the journey down again. Beware that getting back onto the train at the top can be somewhat of a scrum as you don't know where the doors will be and so you may not be able to select on the way back.

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