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  • Varied and often spectacular scenery takes center stage on coastal voyages
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33 Hurtigruten First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Mindfultraveler
Member Since 2012
1 review
26 forum posts
8 helpful votes
The first surprise was finding out the old ship was sold out leaving Bergen. What better testimony for the popularity of the MS Lofoten. There were all kinds of loyal passengers on this voyage. Retired professors among the older crowd, ... Read more
shisha2131
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My first trip on the Vesteralen was great. Beautiful scenery, northern lights, cute villages and nice people in a quiet atmosphere. The interior of the ship is simplel and dated (or vintage depending on your point of view). But cosey and ... Read more
Mike.200
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 helpful votes
Re Norway - Hurtigruten Cruise - Hunting the Light - 12 days Just back from a fabulous holiday. The whole package was superb. Everything was very well run. The ship, Polarlys, was superb - so beautifully equipped. The staff very ... Read more
saltyraven
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 helpful votes
We were delighted with the cruise. The Northern Lights were on our bucket list, as was the Norwegian coast. We wanted a relatively small, modern no-frills ship, so we chose the Trollfjord. It's obviously not your typical luxury cruise, ... Read more
Travel Junkie Barb
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We chose the Vesteralen because not being a fan of crowds and large cruise ships, her size fitted us perfectly. From the moment we checked in until our disembarkation 12 days later, we were charmed and totally satisfied with the entire ... Read more
jwthomas
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
My family including our 17 year old son sailed from Kirkenes to Bergen in August. The ship was the size we expected - a smaller passenger ship, billed a "coastal steamer". Our son had his own cabin which gave all of us plenty of ... Read more
flowersd07
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
This cruise was one of the worst experiences of my life. I never felt so un-welcomed and isolated in my life. The cruise itself was great. The scenery was awesome. The relaxing atmosphere was wonderful. The other tourists on the boat were ... Read more
tigtigpack@talktalk.net
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
We loved every bit of the Climate cruise on the Fram...we chose a balcony suite which was great lots of room and even on cold days we could sit outside with a drink and watch the ice slide past! We were blessed with really good weather ... Read more
David Bedford
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 helpful votes
Having done this voyage over 40 years ago the changes were enormous. The infrastructure (roads, bridges and tunnels) have changed the passenger profile, and the ships are modern and carry far more "tourists". This trip should ... Read more
ageing hippy
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and I was aware that some stops would be short, however if time is lost through bad weather or technical problems then stops are curtailed and sometimes you are not allowed to get off the boat at all. Apparently ... Read more
spigymarjorie
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
What a wonderful voyage, to Kirkenes and back. Excellent ship, scenery was fantastic and the ship was great, loads of brass, polished wood and staff were very attentive. Good trips ashore but very expensive - Norway has a higher cost of ... Read more
pdmaley
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
When I first booked this 'expedition ship/coastal ferry' I was concerned that the experience would not be good. But I was wrong. The Trollfjord was wonderful! Though not a true cruise ship in the American sense, it offers comfortable ... Read more
iantjones
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was a first time "cruise" for us, so have no experience of other boats and cruises. We were travelling with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights but didn't really have any pre-conceptions about what to expect. So we were very happy ... Read more
PTimo
Member Since 2014
1 review
Just back from a cruise up the coast of Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes on the Hurtigruten Trollfjord. Had a very fine time: comfortable cabin, decent food (and the kitchen very obliging about accommodating vegetarians and ... Read more
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clairebear62
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
12 night Classic round trip voyage, Bergen to Kirkenes to Bergen  March 17th 2014 to March 28th 2014  Cabin 557 I accompanied my parents on this voyage, they had done the same trip in 2008 in June. i was therefore very well ... Read more
Alison Taylor
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed February 2014
My husband and I have recently returned from a Bergen / Kirkenese / Bergen cruise on the Nordnorge. Everything about this cruise was amazing. The food was incredible with plenty of choice at the breakfast and lunch time buffets. As fish ... Read more
Longterm Traveler
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed January 2013
Hurtigruten's Classic Antarctica Voyage on the MS Fram (January 11-20, 2013) exceeded my expectations in all regards. I had read most of the reviews I could find online in the process of researching our planned Antarctica trip. Because ... Read more
mr2blue
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2012
As Cruisers go this was our first trip, & having read reviews first we had a good idea of what to expect, & therefore unlike some reviewers who seemed to travel blind we had no really unexpected problems. We are not lie on the beach & ... Read more
Prufrock58
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 helpful votes
We are not regular cruise types. We like small boats and have only cruised before on the Mekong, Brahmaputra, Ganges and Irrawaddy rivers. We originally booked to travel on Hurtigruten's MS Nordstjernen (400 pax capacity) but found ... Read more
malkno
Member Since 2011
1 review
We have for many years wanted to undertake the Norwegian Coastal Voyage from Bergen all the way to the Russian Border and back. We also wanted to arrive in Bergen by ship from the UK but alas cheap air fares have caused the demise of the ... Read more
Christine Barrow
1 review
3 helpful votes
MS Finnmarken is one of Hurtigruten's newer vessels and exceeded our expectations in terms of space, cleanliness and food quality. We'd never cruised before and didn't want to have to dress up for dinner, etc, and this ship fitted the ... Read more
jkheboston
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 helpful vote
Since this was our first cruise ever, our experience may be different from some seasoned cruise travelers who may have different expectations of what a cruise is. As travelers we are fairly independent, like making arrangements for ... Read more
Kristy Ahale
1 review
1 helpful vote
We sailed from Bergen to Tromso, and were disappointed with our Hurtigruten experience. The food was very average and extremely over priced for the quality. The cabins were nice enough, although as a couple you stay in separate single ... Read more
pammiekins
1 review
Sailed March 2012
As we are getting married in the Caribbean in November, we decided we would try a small cruise with our twin 3 year olds. It was their first flight and cruise, and our first cruise. Having read the reviews beforehand we knew what to ... Read more
Andrew Jones
1 review
3 helpful votes
Voyages in Search of the Northern Lights If your main purpose for travelling with Hurtigruten, is to see the Northern Lights, you could be in for a big disappointment. Hurtigruten provide a well oiled transportation system, linking the ... Read more

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