Standard cabins may seem a bit cramped at about 100 square ft., particularly for passengers used to cabins on American-based big-ship lines, which typically have both wider and longer staterooms. Each comes with two twin beds that fold up during the day, and Northern European-style duvets for bedding. One bed folds against the wall and the other converts into a nice sized sofa, which allows for more space and maneuverability during the day. There's also a small picture window. I found the rooms on Finnmarken attractively decorated, and while compact, space is used efficiently and is adequate. There's sufficient shelf storage; however, the closet is too narrow and shallow, and as a result, the hangers overlap in such a manner that makes it awkward to hang anything up. Refrigerators, safes, hairdryers and TV are provided with every cabin.
Small but adequate bathrooms feature European-style showers and liquid all-purpose soap/body wash/shampoo/conditioner. While I bemoaned the lack of bathmats, facecloths and, somewhat oddly, a box of Kleenex, the ship does, however, have one nifty feature I really liked -- heated floors. And if you're looking for extra toilet paper, you'll find it hidden under the right side of the sink.
If you prefer to sleep in a double bed or need more room, the 18 150-square-ft. mini-suites seem palatial in comparison to the standard cabins. Six of these have obstructed views and are a good value if budget is of concern. If money is no object, then opt for one of the 12 suites that are double the size of the standard cabins with full-size picture windows and balconies, or one of two grand suites on the bow of the ship which feature two rooms, a private balcony and your own Jacuzzi. This voyage is one where you'll enjoy having your own private balcony to view the scenery, providing the weather permits. Suite guests also receive extra amenities, such as sparkling wine upon embarkation, fresh fruit daily, robes, coffee and tea, a stocked minibar ... and Kleenex! The size and layout of some of the suites does vary a bit, so you'll want to consult a deck plan or someone familiar with the ship before confirming your reservation.
Editor's Note: If you are opting for a balcony cabin to enjoy the view while traveling north, you'll want to be on the starboard side (heading south, on the port side). Don't fret, however, if you are on the opposite side -- there are still both beautiful scenery and plenty of photo opportunities on the "less scenic" side. If you want to enjoy the dockside cargo activity, choose a stateroom on port side.
There are also 35 inside cabins -- some of which are even smaller than the standard cabins -- and three cabins for people with disabilities.
Electricity is European 230 voltage, which requires the two narrow round prongs. And you'll need to put your room card in the slot by the door to activate the electricity.
There is no laundry service; however, there is a self-service laundry room on Deck 3 with five washers and dryers and two ironing boards and irons -- handy if you're enjoying the 11-night roundtrip cruise or extending your stay with a pre- or post-cruise excursion. Bathrooms also come equipped with clotheslines in the shower.
Finnmarken Cabin Reviews
Because of the numerous stops these ships make at all hours, its IMPERATIVE that you research the cabin choices thoroughly and if needed, talk to one of their customer service reps BEFORE you book. I saved an extra year so we could book one of the Grand Suites on the...continue
September 2013 Trollsbani
Cabin 328 deck 3 M/S Finnmarken. Outside cabin with decent size window. Beds very comfortable. Slept extremely well during both voyages. More than enough 2 adults and storage space. One one trip we had a Port side cabin, on the other a Starboard side, and there was no...continue
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LOCATION: N-2 336 was great for us. It was convenient for disembarkation and the restaurant. The elevator was close as well. It was quiet and had great view of the ports.
CLOSET: It was too narrow. The hangers didn't fit so the clothes didn't hang right. With...continue