Tag: Norwegian

14.05.2019: Reviewing Norwegian for Holidays


Norwegian at Malaga (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

Norwegian is one of the biggest low-cost airlines in Europe and we have flown with them many times in the past, before recently having moved to fly with another airline more and more. Because of this it was a refreshing change to come back and test a direct flight from Helsinki to Malaga. One of the biggest factors of course was the price of the flight.

The Price

One of the main selling points for us this time was the price of the tickets as we didn’t plan to take any cargo luggage with us and when it comes to current prices of putting luggage to cargo hold, Borwegian is still one of the most affordable ones there is.

A Norwegian Cabin (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

Check-In Process

Check-in for this flight was easy and convenient to do, as we did it online. One major hiccup for me was when I logged into my Norwegian account and didn’t see my flight there. Every time I had to go through a search to find the flight details (as the tickets were bought by my husband).

And one major turn off was that we were no longer allowed to pick our seats as part of the check-in process. Now one has to really purchase a seat, otherwise it will be assigned to you. It was a tad annoying.

Otherwise than that, the process went smoothly and might have been even smoother had I downloaded their app beforehand.

Services Onboard

It was the services during the flight that made us go “meh”. Had we pre ordered meals, it would have arrived without any drinks whatsoever and during the drinks sales service.

This would have been ok, if Norwegian accepted debit cards. Neither of us hasn’t got an Electron or an online debit card, but one of those with embossed numbers and letters, and this far Norwegian is the only airline that we have used in recent times where this debit card is an issue.

Which blatantly meant that it was a 4 hours flight without anything to drink or snack as the card wasn’t accepted and as a Finn, I hardly ever carry cash with me (which leads to situations in other countries…).

Another issue that was a definite worsening of Norwegian’s service is the introduction of “premium internet packages”. You still can get the free internet as before but Norwegian seems to have blocked all social media from it (apps and websites), as it is clear they want to charge people when using those. The basic, free, internet only allows web browsing with a very slow connection.

Spain From Above. (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

The Verdict

As much as we prefer direct flights over layovers, and a good bargain, we still feel that heading to a holiday would warrant that something extra to be enjoyable. And sadly that is not what Norwegian provided this time around, and based on our previous experiences, it is quite clear that some of their services I have gone downhill.

And when it is already 2019 and you still can’t get a cup of coffee during a flight because of the sales system not accepting cards that the majority uses.. well, that’s a definite reason for me to keep paying a bit more for our flights.

14.05.2019: To Málaga With Norwegian

Wake up is at 4 am and when one is trying to remember who and where one is, it all comes back! It’s time for another trip.

At Helsinki Airport (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

This time we are heading to Spain, to Costa del Sol and Málaga area. Compares to the last trip, this is going to be a bit different experience as we are not actually staying in Málaga, but in Torremolinos, and for part of our trip we have decided to rent a car – which allows us to venture a bit further away without being tied up to public transportation schedules.

As much I would love to just have a Sun, Sea, and Sangria type of holiday, I know that I would be left craving more if we only stayed at one place.

Sunshine at 10kms (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019
On Top Of The World! (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

Helsinki Airport

At the moment the airport in Helsinki is undergoing a major renovation as they are revamping the whole entrance area. This far they have closed some of the driveways, and demolished a car park. We will see what the future holds. But for the moment this means simply that one should come to the airport a tad earlier, especially during the vacation season.

One thing that hasn’t changed are the extravagant prices at the shops! I am still amused that a 500ml bottle of soft drink can cost just under 4 euros. I blame the high rentals and the fact that most of the kiosks and restaurants are managed by one company.

Now they have also opened an extension which has added even more gates to one end of the T1. This is something to keep in mind if you are transiting at Helsinki – distances between gates can be long and time consuming!

Luckily for us, the walk today is not that bad. I also forgot how much we Finns love to queue up! People are actually standing, in a neat queue, at the gate about 30 minutes before departure. So funny.

The Flight

The Norwegian Cabin. (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

This time around we opted for a direct flight with Norwegian instead of using Lufthansa, which we have tried to do since realising that it might be better to concentrate on one company for the miles and more.

But as we found a really good bargain with Norwegian, as as it was a direct flight, we bought the tickets.

As there were some things that we thought warranted a bit more discussion, we made another post about it.

Arriving Málaga

Cafe Manon at the Airport. (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

As on the previous trip, finding your way from the terminal to the Renfe train station is a bit of a bore. This time around we managed it quite easily as we almost remembered the route from the last time. Just pay attention to the train logos until you get outside, where the buses depart and then you are almost there!

The single tickets for the trains can be bought from the vending machines that are quite easy to use. For me, using the train is an extremely handy way to go around between Fuengirola and Málaga.

And as it is over 20⁰C warm, it seems to be turning out as fantasting holiday ahead!