“Good value for a family cruise”
Cruise review of Hurtigruten Finnmarken

FloatinFool Finnmarken 4 Good value for a family cruise
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As you know the Fantasy ship is the oldest in the fleet but it has been updated. It took awhile to get the hang of the layout but we tried out almost all the areas and activities provided. (We didn't use the spa or gym-not our thing.) Most of the entertainment was not fancy but it was FUN. There was only 1 male singer that we just didn't like but there were two particular bands that we really enjoyed. The food was plentiful with 24 hour availability of pizza and soft serve ice cream. The dining room (Jubliee) decor wasn't wonderful but the service was GREAT and fun. We tried to eat at each of the dining stations but couldn't get it all in. We enjoyed trying lots of different kinds of food. It wasn't the best cruise food ship but we all ate plenty. The bread is especially good:) The only real negative was how the smoke traveled from the casino into the other lounge areas. The ship appears to be mostly non-smoking but it isn't very well enforced. I would recommend this ship for families with children. My kids really enjoyed their kid club time, lots of dancing, music, and unlimited food.
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Cabin review:

We had an inside cabin on deck 7. We were located in the front of the ship very close to the elevators. Most of the time we hung out in the middle and rear sections of the ship so we did have alot of walking. Overall that wasn't a problem for us and the location of our room was fine. The cabin was smaller then the one we had on a different cruise line but it was fine. The only noise we heard was from a child next door playing with his flute/toy. It wasn't a problem. The beds & pillows were comfortable with nice bedding. We used the bunk for our teenager and he was also comfortable. There was a flat screen tv in the room which played movies and recordings from shows/games happening on the ship. We had enough closet space for the 3 of us and there were bedside tables. You can store your luggage under the bed to get it out of the way. No clock was provided so I suggest taking a battery one with you. Overall we were happy with the cabin but out cabin service was only average compared to other ships we have been on.

Port and Shore Excursions

The port itself doesn't have too much to offer. We took a van/taxi to Lucayan Beach for $5 per person-one way. (price is posted so you know what each trip will cost) Once the taxi dropped us we found a small area with very limited shopping but several restaurants. We had just had breakfast on the ship so we weren't looking for food. We walked to the beach but was disappointed to find a very small beach area with no shade. We had to carry our own towels from the ship and there were only 2 porta pottys available at the beach. No place to change, etc. There was a bar and grill area but seating was very limited. The place was packed with people from the 3 ships that were in port that day. My family did rent wave-runners ($70 for 30 minutes) This was lots of fun but pretty costly for only 30 minutes. I would not go back to this location again. I've read there are other beaches which are not a busy...I would encourage you to check them out. The taxi rides felt overall safe.
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We had a better experience in Nassau. When we got off the ship we saw a free shuttle which drove us from the ship to the shopping (located at the port) There is both inside and outside shopping which was crowded but fun. There is plenty to do if you just want to wander from shops, restaurants, etc. We read on the web about the Sheraton day pass. We walked outside the port area and saw a port ambassador (nice lady) who told us where we could get on bus 10. We walked about 4 blocks and found bus 10. We paid only $1.25 per person and the bus driver dropped us off in front of the Sheraton. We went in the lobby and asked or purchase a day pass. It was $75 (2 adults, 2 kids). The day pass included use of the pools, chairs, towels, ocean, beach, and non-motorized toys. Since the ocean was rough that day we didn't get to use the toys but saw they were available. It is a beautiful place with a great view, shade, tons of chairs. For the price of about 1 or 2 excursions we got to enjoy all this space, clean bathrooms, and a restaurant/bar if we wanted. When we were ready to go back to the ship we walked outside the Sheraton and found the bus sitting at the driveway. They run about every 10-15 minutes. The bus was used by several locals getting to and from work, etc. Overall we felt safe. This was a relaxing day with lots of space to our-self. (Fall of the year so there were few hotel guests to share the facilities with.)
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Published 10/13/11
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