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The embarkation process in Bergen was rather quick. Our shuttle bus dropped us off just outside the terminal building. We brought our luggage inside and waited in a short line to be checked in.
We presented our paperwork, passports, and credit card as usual and were given our cabin card keys. Our checked luggage was tagged and put on a conveyor belt and off we went to get onboard.
We were directed up the escalator to a waiting room where we were greeted and told about what would happen next.
If you've been on cruises before, the first difference you'll notice about sailing on Hurtigruten MS Vesterålen is that you are required to sit through a safety briefing before you embark the ship.
The waiting room was filled with a number of passengers when we got there. We were told the briefing would start in a few minutes.
One of the crew members introduced the safety briefing which was shown on video monitors located throughout the room. You'll notice in the image above that this isn't your typical life preserver. In fact, it's a thermal protection suit which makes sense since we'd be sailing in some pretty cold waters during the next 12 days.
A sticker was placed on our card to indicate that we had completed the safety briefing. We were then directed to the ramp leading to the ship.
Once onboard the ship, we explored the public areas until we were able to get into our cabin. Pictured here is the cafe and gift shop which is where we waited.
Hungry between meals? Want a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or perhaps a treat of some sort... the Cafe was the place to go to purchase something to eat or drink. It was also a meeting place before meals or excursions.
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