It's been so helpful to read all the postings here! I still have 3 questions I haven't seen in my reading and would appreciate any replies.
1) I'm about to commit to the 12-day coastal voyage this February. Originally I wanted a smaller ship (e.g., Kong Harald and her sisters), because I'll be traveling by myself and would welcome the opportunity to make connections with fellow passengers. I thought fewer people would make this easier (I am a mild introvert). However, I'm also looking forward to watching the scenery and the northern lights every waking moment. When I saw the photographs of the two-story-high windows on the Midnatsol and the Trollfjord, suddenly the other ships' panoramic lounges looked a bit inadequate. Can anyone give me a sense of how much you can see out of the smaller ships' lounge windows and/or comment on whether you think it's worth the somewhat higher price to book on a large ship, given my wish to see *everything,* all the time?
2) Re: the social aspect, is there anything on the ships along the lines of message boards through which people with similar interests or backgrounds can connect with one another?
3) I've read several suggestions that if you want wine or beer on the trip, it's more economical (and permissible) to bring your own. Any ideas for where in Bergen would be handy to purchase wine before boarding?
Many thanks for any help you can give.