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Kong Harald
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  • Spectacular Norwegian coastal scenery from panoramic lounge
  • Shore tour variety: dog sledding, historic town walks, even a North Cape excursion
  • Free Wi-Fi access and Internet cafe
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Kong Harald Overview

--By Theodore W. Scull, Cruise Critic contributor
Built in 1993, 11,200-ton Kong Harald represented the first of a new generation of larger and more sophisticated passenger-cargo ships for Hurtigruten's daily year-round service along the Norwegian coast. Taking up to 622 passengers (474 berthed), the ship is one of 11 plying the route from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes at the north end, calling at 35 ports along the Norwegian coast. This coastal service dates to 1893, when regular steamship service began linking the more settled south with the north's remote islands and isolated communities.

Colorfully decorated public rooms, named after Norwegian explorers and featuring Norwegian art, include a high-up panoramic lounge, adjacent big-window cocktail lounge and a second bar lounge on the restaurant deck. A long light-filled gallery lounge joins the main public deck spaces to the aft-facing 240-seat restaurant.

Roundtrip cruise passengers and others making the full one-way between Bergen and Kirkenes have all meals included in the fare. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, while dinner is from a set three-course menu with reserved seating. The Norwegian fare emphasizes seafood, from grilled fish to varieties of marinated herring. Lunch is the most popular meal, as it offers the most selections.

Cabins, located on four decks, are mostly twin-bedded outsides with large picture windows and amenities that include radios, automated wake-up calls, decent drawer and closet space, tiled showers and hair dryers. One bed becomes a sofa, and the other folds up to create more floor space during the day. Two forward-facing suites come with separate sitting areas. The least expensive cabins are insides with upper and lower berths.

Other onboard amenities are a library and card room, conference spaces, 24-hour cafeteria (priced a la carte and mainly used by local port-to-port passengers), fitness room, souvenir shop, children's playroom and video arcade. The passengers are mainly Europeans, with some Americans traveling as individuals or part of an organized group.

Kong Harald Member Reviews

I read many Hurtigruten reviews before my trip but they did not prepare me well for what to expect, so I wanted to provide some helpful tips and observations: Weather: I was on a 6 day north-bound cruise at the end of July, the height of the ... Read more
We cruised with Hurtigruten from Tromso – Kirknes – Tromso amd we flew from Gatwick to Tromoso and picked the ship up from there, on our return we spent a night in the Radisson Blu and then flew back to Gatwick. I booked the trip direct ... Read more
It's clear from the Hurtigruten website, as well as reviews, that this is a coastal ferry not a cruise liner. in my view this is a very well appointed ferry with comfortable seating in all lounges. Cabins are snug, but we had plenty of room on our N ... Read more
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