I am doing this voyage in June 2014 and while I am keen to do many of the excursions (which I need to pre-book) I am concerned that I may be sorry to have so much time off the ship. For example, I am very keen to see the Lofoten group of islands and am planning to do 9A 'Taste of Vesteralen' excursion (Harstad to Sortland). This lasts for 4 and a quarter hours(0815 to 1245) and it occurs to me that I would be missing 4 hours of potentially beautiful scenery from the ship!! It would be great to speak to someone who has done this tour (was it worth it?), and someone who stayed on the ship, so that I can make an informed decision.
Likewise, the excursion later on the same day - 9B 'Lofoten Islands' which runs for 3 hours (1850 to 2150).....Potentially I could find myself missing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner which is mega costly!
A similar dilemma presents on the following day with tour 10B 'UNESCO Islands Vega' (Sandnessjoen - Bronnoysund) 4 hours from 12.45 to 16.50. I have no idea what parts of the voyage I would miss by going on this excursion. Also, does anyone know what sort of a boat is used for this excusion, and how is it accessed.
Hoping that someone who has been there and done this could let me know their thoughts.