7 Bergen River Cruise Reviews

Imagine coming in very late at night the first night and finding your luggage in your room in minutes, 2 lovely trays of food and a bottle of wine waiting. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze - they've done this before. It ... Read More
Imagine coming in very late at night the first night and finding your luggage in your room in minutes, 2 lovely trays of food and a bottle of wine waiting. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze - they've done this before. It took no time to aclimate ourselves to the lay of the ship and the elevators never had a wait time. Since I first saw HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, the movie as a child ,I always wanted to see Copenhagen. Yet it was the fabulous ports of Stavanger, Alborg and Bergen Norway, Gdansk Poland, Estonia, Roostock Germany that absolutely made our trip. The food is fabulous, the staff is exemplary, The World Buffet has everything the Restaurant (dining room serves). We wore our selves out touring in the morning and loved our beautiful cabin, balcony, large screen tv with tons of movies and even Downton Abbey, what a way to relax. The Infinity pool is not to be believed, the attention to detail of glassware, china etc add to the fine dining. It's a pleasure to go to the "fancy" dining venues and not pay extra. And we only had 1 day at sea. But what a lovely day for TEA! The tour directors are knowledgeable friendly and eager to please. Love the casual dress - leave the sport coat home and relax. It's the best cruise out there. Looking forward to another cruise maybe more of Norway it was our favorite. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I chose the cruise because of ancestors' homelands were around the Baltic & Norway and Viking had an excellent reputation. I never dreamed the experience would be so beautiful. The Ship's decor was wonderfully thought out ... Read More
I chose the cruise because of ancestors' homelands were around the Baltic & Norway and Viking had an excellent reputation. I never dreamed the experience would be so beautiful. The Ship's decor was wonderfully thought out with Viking and nautical themes. The spaces were so designed that there were many cozy areas to relax, read, visit with others. The Crew, no matter how busy they were, never failed to smile and greet you as you went by. The Tour choices were numerous and well planned with very knowledgeable guides. You could do as much or little to none of them of course. Our Room was spacious enough for the two of us even though adjusted for 2 twin beds. We even took pictures of the bathroom because we were so impressed by the Euro features. I've been in hospitals and rehab facilities that weren't as immaculate as the Viking ship. The excitement has not worn off after a month being home. I'm encouraging everyone I know to go with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, but it will not be our last. The ship was new and very luxurious. All the small details of construction were first class from the a/c supply to the beautiful dining rooms. All cabins had an exterior ... Read More
This was our first Viking Ocean Cruise, but it will not be our last. The ship was new and very luxurious. All the small details of construction were first class from the a/c supply to the beautiful dining rooms. All cabins had an exterior balcony that allowed you privacy and a beautiful view of all cities and the fjords. You never to felt crowded or pressured to buy drinks like on many cruises, but the friendly staff was always available. Everything was well organized and run very efficiently. The food and wine selections were incredible. The open seating at meals was great and allowed us to visit with people from all over the world. The Viking singers, dancers, and musicians were first class and really enjoyed their jobs. All performances were top notch and all entertainers were so helpful and easy to visit with after their performances. The entire two week cruise was like staying and eating in a five star resort. I do not think anything could have been any better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We had never been to Scandinavia and thought this cruise would let us see a lot of it efficiently. We really signed up primarily for the shore excursions, but were pleasantly surprised how nice the ship and the crew were. (It was our ... Read More
We had never been to Scandinavia and thought this cruise would let us see a lot of it efficiently. We really signed up primarily for the shore excursions, but were pleasantly surprised how nice the ship and the crew were. (It was our first cruise) Even though the ship was fully booked we never had a sense of overcrowding...all the facilities were always available and many times we had them almost to ourselves. The ship itself was beautiful, the dining facilities were amazing, and our cabin was so spacious, more like a hotel room than a cabin. The World Cafe had excellent buffets for breakfast and lunch, and we never had to wait for a table to become available. The Restaurant had a wonderful menu and service was excellent. And the two specialty restaurants were truly experiences, and we were able to secure extra nights in them once we were on board. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
As always, Viking's focus was on destinations and enrichment. The ship is pristine, superbly designed, relaxing and entertaining. We enjoyed all the included excursions. I'll note that the quality of the guides was not up to the ... Read More
As always, Viking's focus was on destinations and enrichment. The ship is pristine, superbly designed, relaxing and entertaining. We enjoyed all the included excursions. I'll note that the quality of the guides was not up to the normal Viking bar - with some notable exceptions. However, I'm sure Viking will sort that out in short order. The food was plentiful and easily accessible. And what a pleasure it is to sail without the constant pestering to spend money on ship. There are so many quiet places on board where the traveler can go and recharge, read, have conversations with other guests. The crew, as is always true with Viking, is superb - friendly, cheerful, accommodating. We couldn't ask for more. And the destinations are topnotch. Gdansk was the only destination that wasn't fulfilling. I hasten to add: I'm still happy Gdansk is included because of its historical significance. I enjoyed seeing the city. It simply didn't impress. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Just returned from a trip on MS Finnmarken, Bergen to Kirkenes to Trondheim. Our second Hurtigruten Voyage. The ship was delayed for 2 days due to a technical fault but Hurtigruten put us up in a hotel in Bergen, and arranged meals and a ... Read More
Just returned from a trip on MS Finnmarken, Bergen to Kirkenes to Trondheim. Our second Hurtigruten Voyage. The ship was delayed for 2 days due to a technical fault but Hurtigruten put us up in a hotel in Bergen, and arranged meals and a coach tour while we were waiting for the ship repair. We set off at 9.30am on day 3 and pushed ahead without stopping until we caught up with the schedule early on day 5. During our voyage the captain made several (safe) diversions from the regular route to show us extra sights, maybe as a compensation for missing our first few days. What a happy ship - all so friendly, with excellent restaurant service where the food was great. There is a lot of fish on the menu, but always alternatives available. You could help yourself to as much as you wanted for breakfast and at the buffet lunch, and the desserts were amazing. I would recommend buying the ships mug to get free tea and coffee. And do take part in the Crossing the Arctic Circle ceremony performed by King Neptune! There was no formal entertainment on board as this is a working ship, connecting isolated coastal towns, but the ship is elegant and comfortable. Excursions are available on most days. The concert at Tromso gave us the opportunity to experience the midnight sun - opposite to our last trip in midwinter where we enjoyed the Northern Lights. We took the train from Trondheim to Oslo on the Dovre Railway, an extra recently added by Hurtigruten. Lovely train, comfortable, roomy and clean. Beautiful inland scenery. Would recommend this. Great trip. Looking at booking another. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We booked our Hurtigruten cruise with our local travel agent and about 2 weeks before departure, our travel documents arrived. We booked the 12 day round trip from Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen. Our trip started in Oslo. We spent a day of ... Read More
We booked our Hurtigruten cruise with our local travel agent and about 2 weeks before departure, our travel documents arrived. We booked the 12 day round trip from Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen. Our trip started in Oslo. We spent a day of sightseeing but wish we had allowed 2 or 3 days for Oslo. The next morning, took a morning train, the Norway in a Nutshell. This is highly recommended with beautiful scenery seen by trains, boat and bus. It takes all day and we were so glad we did it. We arrived in Bergen in the evening and spent the next day and a half sightseeing. Around 3PM we arrived at the Hurtigruten terminal to board the Nordkapp. After checking our large suitcases we were directed to a large waiting room. After not too long of a wait, we were allowed to board and were told our cabins would not be ready until around 6PM. We were able to get into the cabin and drop off our carry on luggage right before the dinner buffet. We met a lovely couple from Australia and had dinner with them. Our first cabin did not have enough shelves for our clothes, plus a window that was about 2 feet deep, so not too good for seeing out. So after about 5 days were allowed to upgrade to a cabin on the 6th Deck which was really great. The beds are really comfortable and there was plenty of room for our larger suitcases. In case you do not want to keep the large suitcases in your cabin, there is a storage room where you can take them to. The ship has a tour director who announces upcoming ports and things of interest to see. There was a large panorama lounge on the 7th Deck for relaxing and seeing the scenery or for reading. There are buffets for breakfast and lunch, with a set time for dinner. If you do not like a lot of fish (like me) you can ask for a vegetarian meal, as long as you let them know by noon. Each meal had an appetizer, main course and dessert. We never went hungry! We booked three excursions. The first was a Geiranger excursion. The Nordkapp went down the Geiranger Fjord, then we disembarked by tender to the small town of Geiranger. We then boarded a bus that went up into the mountains, where we were able to look down and see our ship heading back to Alesund to pick us up. The scenery was beautiful, with a lot of sheep in the meadows. The second excursion was to the North Cape. At Honningsvag, we boarded a bus that took us through very unusual scenery. We saw a lot of reindeer on the mountain sides. After stopping at the North Cape visitor center, we took a lot of photos. That day the weather was very cold and windy. We then headed to a Sami camp and took photos of a Sami with his reindeer. There was a small souvenir shop there. Our third excursion was a tour of the Lofoten Islands. They are very beautiful with dried fish hanging on people's homes. Also, there are large racks where the villages can dry their fish. Every day, there are Hurtigruten ships leaving Bergen to make the round trip to Kirkenes and back to Bergen. It stops at 34 ports going north, and 34 ports going south. What ports are made during the night, are usually made during the day time on the trip back. Some ports are only for 15 minutes, some 30 minutes, and a few are 2 or 3 hours or more. The ship blows it's horn 5 minutes before leaving. The entertainment is the scenery which is always changing. I took loads of pictures of lighthouses, some are very beautiful, and some are really small. Most people were either out on the decks or in the Panorama Lounge. There was one guitar player in the evening that was really good. There is a small Cafe if anyone would be hungry. It is also for the locals who board the ship from port to port. The Gift shop was small, but held a lot of items and there were always sales going on. There is an internet room, but the connections are really slow. It took us 40 minutes to log on and write one email while we were in Kirkenes! There is also a small kid's play room. Getting off the ship, even if it is for 30 minutes or less and just watching the cargo being loaded and unloaded is very interesting. We saw farm implements, potting soil, frozen fish and even kitchen cabinets! Disembarkation is like most cruise ships, we had to leave our luggage outside our cabin by 9AM, and be out of our cabin by 10AM. So we just stayed in the Panorama Lounge until the ship reached Bergen. Then, we were dismissed by our cabin deck, which we were one of the first. We then caught a taxi to our Bed and Breakfast. This was a great trip and highly recommend it to anyone who does not need to be pampered every day and can be independent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011

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