Lofoten Dining

Editor Rating:  3.5
50% of cruisers loved it

Why Choose Lofoten?

  • Beautifully maintained older ship recalls earlier era of sea travel
  • Sails Norway's coast year-round
  • Charming boutique hotel-style public rooms

Lofoten Dining

Editor Rating
All meals in the restaurant, which spans the width of the ship, are included in the fare if booking a complete roundtrip voyage or the full one-way voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes. The food is good mid-level restaurant cooking, and the choices are both Norwegian specialties and standard international cuisine. Table allocation is made at check-in on the pier, and tables are arranged for mostly four and six people with half placed by a large window. It's a charming room with original Norwegian paintings depicting maritime scenes and earlier Hurigruten ships. Reservations apply to dinner only, and unless the ship is full, there will be only one sitting.

Breakfast (7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.) is a buffet, and choices include typical boiled and scrambled eggs, bacon and beans, several varieties of Norwegian-style marinated herring, and European cold meats and cheeses, plus cold cereal, bread, muffins, juices, coffee and tea. Lunch (12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.) usually offers two hot dishes, such as a stew and vegetarian selection, soup, quiche, sandwich fixings and breads with fruit and soft drinks. The served dinner (7:30 p.m.) is a set three-course meal (no choice) of an appetizer or soup; main course, such as grilled fish, roast chicken or roast beef; and a sweet dessert with or without a sauce or ice cream.

With the smaller number of passengers on this ship, the food is often very well prepared. Special diets and food allergies are catered to with advance notice.

Wine and beer are extra, and, because of high Norwegian taxes, they're also expensive. Passengers may bring aboard their own alcohol for consumption in their cabins but not in the restaurant or public rooms.

Additionally, the cafe aft of the main restaurant has a long row of tables set next to windows and sells meals, snacks and drinks to all passengers (including the deck passengers). Those with meals included may additionally purchase food and refreshments there. There is no room service.
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Member Since 2016
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You will have a unique experience sailing on MS Lofoten that you would not have on any other ship. But you need to know what to expect, and more importantly, what NOT to expect on this ship. I'd wanted to do a Norwegian fjord cruise ... Read more
Member Since 2012
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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
Member Since 2015
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Sailed October 2015
The MS Lofoten is now 50 years old and maintains a small hotel feel, with none of the trappings of a large cruise ship. The passengers are a mix of singles and couples doing either the northbound trip, southbound trip and circular trip ... Read more
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