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<br>My family and I (8 years, 5 years & 18 months) are doing the Family Fun Sweden & Denmark in the latter half of August. Do to our flight arraingments, we are going from the airport to the factory pickup. I understand that first day may be rough and we will probably be hitting the beds soon after pickup. <p>My question is the next morning. Volvo travel has booked us on the 7:30 AM high speed ferry to Denmark on our way to Legoland. We have an option for the normal ferry at 9:30 AM. Volvo says the next one is at 4:30 PM. I am worried about geting the whole family up the next morning and to the ferry by 7:30 AM the day after the flight. At the same time, the high speed ferry may be easier.<p>My family and I (8 years, 5 years & 18 months) are doing the Family Fun Sweden & Denmark in the latter half of August. Do to our flight arraignments; we are going from the airport to the factory pickup. I understand that first day may be rough and we will probably be hitting the beds soon after pickup. <p>My question is the next morning. Volvo travel has booked us on the 7:30 AM high speed ferry to Denmark on our way to Legoland. We have an option for the normal ferry at 9:30 AM. Volvo says the next one is at 4:30 PM. I am worried about getting the whole family up the next morning and to the ferry by 7:30 AM the day after the flight. At the same time, the high speed ferry may be easier.<p>Our Volvo agent has not done this trip and does not seem to have had families raise these questions. I was hoping to learn which or these ferries would be easier on the family. Can you sleep on these ferries? With kids, is one more comfortable than the other? Is faster better? Does the slow ferry have restaurants and shopping? I would think that the Gottenberg - Denmark ferry would be part of a good percentage of the trips and Volvo Travel would know all about the service. Heck, I am told that the drive from the port in Denmark to Legoland is 3 1/2 hours - I didn't think that Denmark was 3 1/2 hours long.<p>I just want for the trip to start on the best possible foot.<br>
 

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Re: Ferries to Denmark? (shawn)

Your first day there you will be struggling to stay awake till evening, especially after the excitement of getting a new car. The next day you will still be feeling the jet lag.<p>If it were just me I'd go for 7:30 because my first couple days there I wake up at 4 a.m. and can't go back to sleep. If it were me travelling with family I'd go for 9:30 to reduce the stress level even though it's a 4-hour ferry ride instead of 2 hours. I hope you're not in <B>that</B> big a hurry to get to Legoland. Also plan to spend more time than you might think to get from place to place - the countries are not that big, but neither are many of the roads. Until you get down to the autobahns! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Most importantly, enjoy your trip, enjoy your new car, and don't be in too much of a hurry to relax and have fun. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Btw from what I have read here most people either go north and west into Norway, or south to the continent via the bridge from Malmö. Also funny, Volvo just sent me a discount coupon for Legoland California, about half an hour northwest from here. Maybe I will have to go check it out!<p>P.S. If you go for 9:30 you should be able to hit the Konditori Brogyllen (awesome pastry shop 4 or so blocks west of the hotel) on your way out. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Ferries to Denmark? (vizsladriver)

With all the jet lag and the time difference, you will be up and about long before the 7am ferry leaves. After all, your internal clock will be 4-5 hours behind local time.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vizsladriver</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Also funny, Volvo just sent me a discount coupon for Legoland California, about half an hour northwest from here. Maybe I will have to go check it out!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>When/if you go, you will enjoy this Lego-built XC90:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.photodump.com/direct/igmb/xc90-lego1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>as well as this XC90 cut in half:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.photodump.com/direct/igmb/xc90-lego2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>We went a couple of weeks ago with my 5-yo nephew and after that, he would recognize every Volvo car and truck on the road. Talk about brain-washing... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Ferries to Denmark? (ig_mb)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ig_mb</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">With all the jet lag and the time difference, you will be up and about long before the 7am ferry leaves. After all, your internal clock will be 4-5 hours behind local time.<br> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>I'm not sure I buy this. Yes their body clock will be hours behind. Doesn't that mean that if they get up at 5 am they will feel like its about midnight?<p>I know that for our first few days in Sweden MY family didn't want to get up. On the other hand, when we returned to Mountain Time, everyone was up before dawn!
 

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Re: Ferries to Denmark? (shawn)

We did your trip (except we added a few days to the package) last August 15th. We flew in on Sunday, picked up the car on Monday and took the 7:30am ferry on Tuesday to Denmark. It was my wife, daughter (6) and I. The night we arrived, nobody felt like sleeping and we were all up at 3am the next day. Remember that your internal clocks will be controlling the kids. Chances are you're going to get some sleep on the plane so you may not be as tired as you think. But if they are worn our from all the travelling and picking up the car, then great. Go to bed early and get up early the next day. Like I said, with jet lag they're probably going to be up early anyway.<p>Everybody is different, but I'd bite the bullet and do the early high-speed ferry. The faster ferry is worth it (the kids would rather be on a shorter ferry trip) and that will give you more time to get to Legoland. We did and it took us most of the day to get to Legoland. We took our time and made a few stops along the way (like Aalborg- beautiful little town!). A year ago, Legoland was open to the public for free after 5 or 6pm. The rides are shut down after hours, but you can see all of miniland since there's plenty of daylight this time of year. Oh yeah- don't forget to bring your bathing suit and go to the indoor swimming pools across the Legoland Hotel parking lot. Just ask the front desk at the hotel. It's a very nice facility and free to hotel guests. It's great for kids of all ages- your 5 and 8 year-old will have a blast sliding down the spiral tubular slide. You will too!
 

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Re: Ferries to Denmark? (ig_mb)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ig_mb</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>We went a couple of weeks ago with my 5-yo nephew and after that, he would recognize every Volvo car and truck on the road. Talk about brain-washing... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>They don't call it "Volvo Country" for nothing! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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My family travels a lot internationally, and Melatonin works very well to help us get over the time differences, just take them before you go to bed. It works well on my kids too(6 and 9), if they would get up 2, 3 in the morning after the time change, after Melatonin they would sleep till 7, 8 in the morning. I am not sure about the baby though.
 

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Re: Ferries to Denmark? (jackf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jackf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm not sure I buy this. Yes their body clock will be hours behind. Doesn't that mean that if they get up at 5 am they will feel like its about midnight?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You are 100% correct. Sorry for the confusion! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Ferries to Denmark? (ig_mb)

No worries ig. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I just remember that I HAVE felt more "chipper" than I did the morning Volvo picked us up at 9 a.m. for the ride to the FDC. I know I gave their free coffee machine a real workout!<p>This picture may speak for itself:<p><IMG SRC="http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procgserv/47b6d937b3127cce98548a75c68300000027102ActWTZo5bsV" BORDER="0"><p>We limit the use of the DVD player, but in some situations.....<p><br>BTW, events leading up to this point in time:<p>Left Denver for Chicago Saturday morning.<br>Four hour layover in Chicago (Marge advised the four hour rather than two, but the later flight from Denver was sold out anyway). SAS lounge was comfortable with light snacks.<br>SAS flight from Chicago was delayed 3 hours because US authorities said equipment not safe...rumor was a lightning protection device not connected...SAS folks said "We flew here that way"(!)...We sit in plane for the entire three hours.<br>The SAS flight crew was wonderful with the kids, tried to provide appropriate games, toys, and such. Free TV and video games in each seat was entertaining, though my 13 yo chose games over sleep longer than I would have preferred!<br>Sunday a.m. we arrive Stockholm. Missing our flight to Gothenburg, SAS automatically rebooked us. We hang out in Stockholm airport for four hours.<br>Ask SAS rep. if Volvo will know we are delayed...."Of Course" she says.<br>Sunday evening arrive Gothenburg. No Volvo but we aren't the only ones. Local Limo service is kind enough to phone Volvo and taxi's (V70's) are provided promptly.<br>Settled into the SAS Radisson -- nice place -- and walked around to find dinner. It's in a great location for many walking tours around Gothenburg.<br>Taxi (V70 again) met us as scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday for the ride to the FDC.<br>All in all I have no complaints...we missed a day sightseeing in Gothenburg, spending it in the Stockholm airport instead. The kids were tired after more than 24 hours of travel and 8 hours of time change but they did as well as one could expect.<br>The take-away from this is don't be surprised if your travel deviates from the schedule.<br>Now, looking at the pictures, I can't wait until we can do it again! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by jackf at 11:59 PM 7-27-2006</i>
 
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