Transfers & Flights included in our costs. a little disappointed that there was no rep to meet us all at Bergen airport but good coach transfer to ship. MS Nordnorge that was to be our home for the next 11 nights. At the terminal we only had to move our luggage from the bus to the terminal building where we put in onto the conveyor belt & it went straight to our cabins as our luggage tags specified that you put your cabin number onto the tag.
We were given our security cards & walked to the ship. We were scanned in...this happened every time we left or returned to the ship for the whole voyage. We had booked a deck 6 cabin but as there were less passengers than expected we upgraded to a mini suite for about Â£20 per day between us. Excellent value!!
Our cabin was cleaned every day, the facilities were good, unless you have long hair the hair dryer is adequate. Towels are provided & small shampoo & body lotion bottles. Body soap is there too but I found this very drying & so took my own.
The ship's air con is on 24/7 which I found gave me dry eyes. Nothing too serious though..you can control your cabin temp but not the air con.
The food was fantastic as long as you like Fish...but that's Norway! All meals were good & we had no complaints. Wine is expensive but do what I did buy a bottle & have a glass with your meal. Write your cabin number on the bottle & it will be kept for you until you ask for it !
The lack of snow meant no excursions involving snow! But those we did go on were well organised, reasonable value & worth doing.
Do not go on this cruise if you expecting to be entertained all the time or if you want to dress for dinner! This is a working ship, it stops at 34 ports up to Kirkenes & the same 34 ports on the return trip. Some you will see in the daylight northbound & some in the dark southbound! It transport people & their luggage, cars & freight all year round. We felt privileged to be part of it. Go on this cruise if you want an adventure, to do & see things out of the ordinary..get out on deck what ever the weather to see the ship dock. Its amazing as at night you never even wake up when the ship docks 3 or 4 times whilst you sleep....watch the amazing arctic sunsets & when you cross the arctic circle join in the fun & let Neptune pour ice cold water down your neck. I did!
We called at Tromso southbound & went to a midnight concert at the cathedral which was breath taking & when we came out it was snowing. Magical! I cannot review other ports as they are not on the list provided but we went to the Russian border at Kirkenes...not much to see but very worthwhile!
Hammerfest on our southbound journey again wonderful.
Finally go on the bridge tour to see who is steering the ship...fascinating & the Captain always eats in the same dining room as the passengers.