Finnmarken Cruise Review by Ttcat: Fabulous scenery
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I took a 6-day trip on the Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes at the Russian border at the extreme northern tip of Norway. This is not a conventional cruise as the ship stops at 22 ports to pick up and unload freight and it carries passengers between the smaller ports. The Finnmarken has about 250 cabins in one class. Most of them are comfortable but very small. I travelled alone and there was enough space for me, but I recommend that a couple take a mini-suite which is really just a large cabin. The food is good and copious. Breakfast and lunch are self-service with an enormous choice. Dinner is served but with no choice. In Scandinavian countries the evening meal is the least important meal of the day but it would be nice to have a choice.
There are many large comfortable public rooms with where one can have coffee or buy a drink or a snack. There is no entertainment or gambling. The staff is made up of charming, mostly young, attractive Norwegians.
There are many More excursions. I recommend especially the Geiranger Fjord, the Svartisen Glacier and the North Cape The trip itself is extraordinary because not only does one see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, but one also sees also the small fishing villages on the the coast and one gets an idea of everyday Norwegian life. There were families with children who seemed to be enjoying themselves and there is a playroom for very young children. The staff is charming but never obsequious. This ship is definitely not for people who are looking for a floating Las Vegas. Except for the size of the cabins and the lack of choice for dinner I found nothing to criticize. I recommend this cruise to people who like nature and are interested in the life in other countries, who want comfort but don't expect extreme luxury. Less
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