Rica Hotel Kristiansund
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- Minbar in room
- Drycleaning onsite
- Non-smoking hotel
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Continental Breakfast
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August 22: Saturday (Amsterdam, Netherlands ) Our journey begins after a 10 hour nonstop flight from San Francisco to Amsterdam. We were met by the celebrity crew who picked us up from the airport where we boarded a bus that took us to our ship about 30 minutes away. The ship is enormous and our cabin although, not as big as the Princess, is comfortable. There was a bottle of wine and an appetizer plate waiting to greet us. After we settled in ...
... the city (which is more like a small town), the guide pointed out the school and the bank. We wondered if we should have stayed on board at this point. We rode out of town on some very windy roads to a seaside town of Hollen. The town was composed of a few houses, a small grocery/variety and an ice cream stand (the Norwegians and Danes love ice cream). One street is a preservation district. All of the houses were built over 100 years ago and need to be ...
... and melon, and strong hot coffee. A good start to the day. :-)
After breakfast we had a walk around the ship, or rather a stagger (and it was nothing to do with the breakfast champagne!). Signs were up at the doors advising passengers not to go out on deck because of the strong winds. The decks were wet, and it wasn’t raining; it was just the occasional large wave and sea spray. It was quite amusing watching other passengers trying ...
... centre and the Oil and Gas Visitor Centre nearby.
We set off on our journey, winding through the streets with their colourful houses, before we came to a long tunnel; in fact it was about 5.7km long, so not ideal for anyone who was claustrophobic. The tunnel went right underneath the Atlantic Ocean and reached a depth of 250m, making it one of the deepest undersea tunnels in the world.
When we eventually ...
... Norway, but yes we did and it was even very warm here.
We ended the day in a restaurant in the city with a view on the harbor where we saw the Hurtigruten arriving, loading and unloading and leaving again after an hour or so. Very impressive these service boats that sail from the south of Norway all up to the most northern point in 11 days and take people and goods on board as they go from harbor to harbor.