Cruise Critic staffers set sail every week, traveling the globe to bring you the latest cruise ship trends, port sneak peeks and onboard observations. Here’s where we are this week.
(Got questions about any of the ships we’re boarding or ports we are visiting? Ask us in the comments!)
Ship: Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken
Where: We’re in our second week in Norway (Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim, Arctic Circle, Lofoten Islands, Tromso, Honningsvag, Kirkenes, Oslo)
Who: Ashley Kosciolek, Ports and Copy Editor
Why There? As Norwegian Fjords cruises continue to be popular, we’re always looking to get more staff expertise on less-traveled ports, including those on this itinerary. Plus, we’ll be updating our review of Finnmarken, an ice-strengthened ship that specializes in expedition cruising.
We Can’t Wait: While the mainstream cruise experience is great, many passengers prefer more active and immersive sailings like those offered by Hurtigruten and other expedition lines. We can report that so far, the weather has been warm, with temperatures in the high 60s. The photo below is the view of the Lofoten Islands, about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle.