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"Lack of infrastructure"?

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florida
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"Lack of infrastructure"?

Our cruise ship (Regent Explorer) will be stopping in Bodo in late June 2018. Regent is all-inclusive, but for this port there are no excursions listed: "Due to lack of Infrastructure in this destination, organized tours will not be available." We've been cruising with Regent for many years and this is the first time I remember there being no offered excursions in a port. I don't get it, and am hoping someone might be able to shed light on this most unusual circumstance. I intend to telephone Regent as well, but suspect I might not get a real clear answer.

Many thanks.

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Oslo
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1. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

I Guess the ship will dock right in the centre so you can walk, and there is not so much to see in Bodø city. The centre was largely destroyed during the german invasion in 1940

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The most interesting excursion is perhaps Saltstraumen about 30 km from the city

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QifgPL--pG8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltstraumen

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salt…

Tours offered

http://visitbodo.com/saltstraumen

Salisbury, United...
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2. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

Why do you not believe Regent? Bodo is a small town and not a big tourist hub. Hurtigruten call each day and offer their passengers a tour to the maelstrom. If your ship arrives at a similar time Hurtigruten will have booked all the available space. Hurtigruten will always be a priority customer as they call every day of the year.

Why don't you just have a look around the town, get a taxi to the Aviation Museum, I think there is also a local museum. The town is small and easy to walk around. Sit in a cafe and have lunch and watch the world go by. Look around the town and spend some money on souvenirs. Hire a car and have a look around the countryside. It is possible to amuse yourself and not always have an organise excursion.

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3. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

Which ports are before and after Bodø ? Possibly some ill planning.

florida
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4. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

Thanks for responses.

Harstad before, sea-day after-- and then Alesund.

It's not that I don't "believe" Regent, it's just that I'm wondering why they have a 10 hour port stop there. May be some ill-planning, but that'd surprise (and disappoint!) me.

I've read about Saulstromen and the museum and such. Doesn't have a whole lot of interest for me.

This is an expensive cruise. Not much interested in sitting in a cafe. Oh, well: obviously not a world-class "problem."

Really do appreciate the feedback.

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5. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

I think Regent specialise in visiting unusual places and in this case have chosen somewhere that has very few cruise ships visiting other than Hurtigruten. Probably so few that it's not worthwhile for anyone to offer services for them. It's really a pity because the area around Bodo has some fantastic scenery. A visit to Kjerringoy would make a wonderful trip out from Bodo. Perhaps if you could get together with some others it would be worth hiring a 'Maxi-Taxi' minibus to take you there.

Edited: 29 October 2017, 17:35
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6. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

If you really are staying 10 hours in Bodø, I would consider renting a car and driving in the area on your own and at your own pace.

A stop in Lofoten would have made so much more sense, but maybe not possible because of the size of the ship? Although I see some big cruise ship itinerary with a stop in Leknes. Maybe that's what was planned and could not be done for some reason.

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7. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

Saltstraumen is only 30 min from city

https:/…Saltstraumen_Bridge_1990.jpg

minbildeblogg.net/manedensbilde/…DSCF0978.JPG

https://gfx.nrk.no/IsEakNIboh7-c7mPP6uwpgDp7…

Kjerringøy is a bit longer and a ferry

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8. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

It's a great shame you won't plan to do something while in Bodo such as hiring a car. The scenery locally is very pleasant, we visited an interesting cove, drove to see the maelstrom. We got off the Hurtigruten coastal ferry and it was nice to see what was behind the coastal strip, see how locals live and see the town.

So many cruise passengers add nothing to the economy and spend no money in port. Just sitting in a cafe, doing a bit of shopping is interesting and adds to the economy.

Oh well, enjoy your cruise.

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9. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

Leknes can take the big monsters, some of the small ones actually dock in Reine.

florida
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10. Re: "Lack of infrastructure"?

Appreciate continued feedback.

Regent is a mid-size ship. (720 pax)

We're elderly; don't drive anymore. Cruise is soso expensive; will probably not hire a car (especially as the sites don't sound all that interesting to me, i.e. the maelstrom or museums).

Again, compared to "real" problems this is a tiny one.

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