35 Bergen Senior Cruise Reviews

We chose In the Wake of the Viking cruise because of the route it sailed from Norway across the North Atlantic/Labrador seas to Montreal. And the ports it stopped at during the cruise Ship was always clean and orderly. And staff very ... Read More
We chose In the Wake of the Viking cruise because of the route it sailed from Norway across the North Atlantic/Labrador seas to Montreal. And the ports it stopped at during the cruise Ship was always clean and orderly. And staff very attentive. We had excellent cabin attendants. Dining was very good, especially the World dining buffet. Great variety of food and excellent preparation. We were disappointed that we could not book the Pre City - Oslo. Apparently space was very limited so if you didn't book it when the cruise was first offered there was no chance to get in on it. We missed one or two of our port stops because of a severe storm. We were actually in a port, not able to dock and found out that they wanted to get ahead of the storm so decided to pull out. Well we sailed right into the storm and had about 4-8 hours of very very rough seas. Found it interesting there were no overhead announcements of what the passengers should do to remain safe. People were in dining rooms and service continued with dishes/glasses flying off the tables. Quite a few passengers we spoke to thought safety of the passengers was not handled well. The ports/excursions we did get to take were very enjoyable and well organized. We may try an ocean cruise again but only in the Mediterranean region. We have always enjoyed your river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have ... Read More
Wanted to see Scandinavia. We enjoyed the cruise, and really liked the size of the ship. The additional tours we took were very enjoyable except for Germany/Berlin. Would have preferred more time in Amsterdam or Helsinki. We have traveled with Viking and are looking forward to our ocean and river cruises we have booked for next year. The rooms and service were very nice. The restaurants were nice, but we didn't enjoy The Chef's Table as much as the other dining venues. The food was very good, but we felt rushed at The Chef's Table; it wasn't a very relaxing experience. The ship as I said was very nicely sized - we do not do the "monster" cruises. It was also very clean and all the staff was very attentive. Our most enjoyable shore excursions were Gdansk, Amsterdam, Stavanger, and Helsinki. We did a number of additional tours and found them all worth the extra we paid, except for Berlin. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose the cruise because of the Viking reputation. We were not disappointed. The ship is lovely , very sleek and clean. Common areas are beautiful and immaculate. Rooms were comfortable and large compared to other cruises we have ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the Viking reputation. We were not disappointed. The ship is lovely , very sleek and clean. Common areas are beautiful and immaculate. Rooms were comfortable and large compared to other cruises we have taken. The closet is large, however there are only 3 drawers. The staff was fabulous. Each going out of their way to help you in any way they can. The free wine and beer is a nice perk, however it is very generic, you get no choices of wines other than white or red. It is of decent quality but don't expect a wide selection. The entertainment is probably lacking the most, but we booked because of the itinerary not the entertainment. They tout free wifi. Which is nice, however it is not fast and in some ports non existent . They have a bank of four computers to share amongst the passengers. Our favorite ports were, all the Norway ports, Gdansk, Poland, Tallinn, Estonia, Stockholm, Sweden. Viking states that you have two days in Stockholm, however it is really 1 day. As we had a 6:35am flight on Sunday which meant our vacating our cabin at 3:00am in order to get to the airport on time. Which had we known ahead of time, we would maybe scheduled another day there on our own. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My wife and I have sailed with Viking on many river cruises and were curious about the new ocean service. During our Viking Homelands cruise we were, overall, very impressed. The food was outstanding. The staff made us feel at home. It ... Read More
My wife and I have sailed with Viking on many river cruises and were curious about the new ocean service. During our Viking Homelands cruise we were, overall, very impressed. The food was outstanding. The staff made us feel at home. It was delightful, with two exceptions. First, we selected a stateroom aft on Deck 6 right under the open air dining area on Deck 7 aft of the World Cafe. Every evening the crew would move the tables and chairs forward to the World Cafe bulkhead. Every morning between 4:30 and 5:30 they would relocate them around the open area--not by picking them up and placing them down, but by pushing them around the deck. This created an annoying racket. Asking Reception and the Maitre d' to delay re-positioning the tables/chairs, or instructing the wait staff to lift them and place them quietly on the deck got us intermittent relief. We recommend future guests book passage in stateroom amidships on Deck 5 for an uninterrupted sleep. Second, Viking offers shore excursions for a fee. If you want to guarantee a place on an excursion before embarking, you have to pay for it with a credit card. You cannot use ship board credits, until you board the ship. Its an easy fix to pay for the excursion before boarding, cancel on board, and substitute credits for payments.. It is, however, annoying. Otherwise, it was an incredible cruise aboard a fabulous ship. One last note. We prefer to travel independently and didn't take excursions that cost extra except in St. Petersburg--the ballet and the Russian Museum. The included tours, mostly windshield tours of the port towns, were OK, but with planning you can easily see the worthwhile sights for a fraction of the cost. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I am a solo traveler, so I have a few pet peeves that I will address last. First and foremost......the housekeeping crew is amazing! They work non-stop keeping this ship spotless. The excursion staff are very helpful and friendly - always ... Read More
I am a solo traveler, so I have a few pet peeves that I will address last. First and foremost......the housekeeping crew is amazing! They work non-stop keeping this ship spotless. The excursion staff are very helpful and friendly - always willing to try and accommodate your wishes. Most of the included tours are either walking tours with head sets or motor coach tours with on off stops, which are some times inadequate for getting a good cultural experience. Most of the ports are easily explored on one's own, other than the large cities such as Copenhagen. Download a 'good' map of the cities before you take off on your own - the maps from the ship are poor. The kitchen crews do a wonderful job of preparing for the 900+ guest with menus changing daily. The 'World Café' is a buffet style eatery that is always well stocked and clean. The 'Restaurant' is an 'order from the menu' dining room that does not take reservations, but there is always seating available due to it's size. The specialty restaurant's, Manfredies and the Chef's Table are via reservation only, so make them early - they go quickly. Manfredies was good with above average service, but the Chef's Table was excellent for food and service. The entertainment productions are very good, but get to the theater early, seats fill quickly. The hydo-pool and steam sauna in the spa area are fabulous, don't forget to take advantage of this free experience. Now for the 'pet peeves'.....as a solo female traveler, I often felt overlooked or ignored by wait staff......constantly flagging down someone for water, juice, coffee, etc. There are no 'social' functions for those who are independent traveler to meet other solo travelers....everything is couple oriented. Also, on the day of disembarkation, if you leave the ship before the café opens, expect to get nothing more than a cold, left over pastry and a cup of coffee. And, be prepared to be dropped at the airport with no assistance, unless you need a wheelchair. Overall, I had a fabulous time because I met several nice couples and a few ladies who were traveling together. This trip is a great experience given all of the countries one gets to see. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We booked our cruise after reading a promotional flyer in July 2013. The next two years we spent following the progress of the ship's being built and tested. This to say that, as seasoned travelers who had never taken a cruise and who ... Read More
We booked our cruise after reading a promotional flyer in July 2013. The next two years we spent following the progress of the ship's being built and tested. This to say that, as seasoned travelers who had never taken a cruise and who live in Europe, we were very much anticipating this different adventure. We were not disappointed. Since we handled all our arrangements in terms of arrival and departure, we cannot write about theses issues, but can say that our embarkation and debarkation were handled smoothly and professionally. The ship itself was wonderfully laid out, with so many different lounges, the spa, and quiet corners that I'm not sure we discovered all of it on our time aboard. The Explorer's Lounge is quiet, seemingly private and very comfortable. I met with a group of friends (who all met for the first time on the second day out) nearly every day in the upstairs of the Explorers Lounge. We all had a common issue and, for the most part, were able to share our experiences, solutions and challenges in some privacy. The artwork displayed throughout the ship was excellent and we enjoyed being able to read about the artists and the works in the book provided in our cabin. I'd suggest a lecture or a tour of the artworks as an activity for those who are inclined. So much of the work was thematic for the region in which we were traveling that it was a subtle enhancement to the experience overall. We didn't participate in many of the shipboard activities, lectures, etc. so I can't say much about them, except that we watched a few of the port lectures on the tv in our cabin and found them informative. In Bergen, we skipped the tour as we'd spent three days there in advance of the trip, and is our style, had discovered much of its hidden enchantments on our own. The cruise into the fjord with Flåm as our destination was, by itself, a highlight for both of us. Waking to those cliffs, waterfalls, and draped with long low clouds and mist was absolutely magical. The fact that the Viking Star is so quiet and smooth enriched the experience. We booked, in advance, our own rail trip in Flåm, so we cannot speak to Viking's excursions there. Our excursion was enjoyable and informative, although we hadn't left ourselves enough time to explore much. The Pulpit Rock cruise was great fun and our guide was informative and entertaining. As we are both active and fit,we'd have preferred a hike to Pulpit Rock, and would have scheduled and paid for it on our own, but there wasn't enough time in Stavanger for us to do that and be assured of returning to the ship on time. After our fjord cruise in Stavanger, we had precious little time to explore this charming town which we would have liked to do. Our time in Aalborg, on the walking tour, was well spent. The guide was thorough and spoke nearly-flawless English. My husband got tired of being in a group, but stuck with it. Because the walking tour was long, we also didn't have much time to explore the town, however, we'd already seen most of it so it wasn't necessary for us. We skipped the Copenhagen tours during the day and went out on our own. The added excursion of the Canal Jazz (actually Dixieland, not Jazz) was sensational. The band was great fun and the cruise gave us a view of Copenhagen we'd otherwise have missed. We almost missed the cruise itself as it wasn't well-publicized, and we only found out about it from friends. We didn't take any of the Berlin tours as we planned to spend the month of August, and are now, in Berlin. Gdansk was great, albeit a bit hurried. I appreciated the accommodation to my motion-sickness on the bus tour. The front seat was reserved for us even though we hadn't given much notice. Our guide was very good, well informed and professional. Our only problem came during the walking tour. Our guide was very short, and she either couldn't or wouldn't hold up the group sign, nor, apparently did she did ask anyone taller to do so. As Gdansk was extremely crowded, I got lost from the group on more than one occasion. This was quickly remedied as my husband alerted her and once I walked into the range of her voice on my listening device, I rejoined the group. The day spent sailing was fine and relaxing. However, most of the window area lounge chairs were taken up the whole day by people who camped out on them, left their belongings for long periods of time in order to save their places, and made it impossible for anyone else to use them. Bad manners. St. Petersburg: the bus tour wasn't the best. It was difficult to see much. Fortunately, we'd booked the canal cruise and the weather cooperated by giving us clear skies and mild temperatures—a fortuitous happenstance. The cruise was informative and we had much better views and viewpoints than on the bus tour. As an added bonus, we toured the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the St. Isaac's church. Our guide, Irina, was excellent, the best we had on the whole trip. She was our guide again the next day for The Hermitage. The next day, we started early for our tour early and arrived at the Hermitage before the crowds, being admitted to what amounted to be a nearly-private touring. Our guide, once again, was knowledgeable, complete and very well educated in both history and art. This s an excursion not to be missed! Especially with Irina. She knew how to navigate this huge museum, allowing us time to see many masterpieces without any crowds at all. We had time to linger with the Rembrandts and many others. Quite a few of my fotos have no people in them—remarkable considering the time of year, the venue and the extremely long line waiting to get in after we left. Definitely the best excursion of the whole trip. We cancelled the walking tour of Helsinki and went in on the shuttle. It's a charming city, and it's one we may return to on our own. We took the bus tour of Stockholm, and as I hadn't reserved the front, we were farther back. Fortunately, I had no motion sickness, but the tour was a wash in that we couldn't see anything. We stayed on our own a week in Stockholm, so we got to know the city fairly well. As to dining: we ate only once at the Chef's Table and had the Sweet and Salty meal. It was sublime, and spoiled us for all our other meals. We ate lunch and breakfast almost exclusively at the World Cafe. The food was very good, not excellent, but not at all common cafeteria food either. The selection was good. The Pool Grill was also good. Service at both was very good. All the wait staff were polite, friendly and professional. Our favorite restaurant was The Restaurant and we had dinner there frequently. The choice of meals varied nightly, with some constants. The quality never varied—it was always excellent. As was the service. The Beef Wellington is to die for, absolutely great, as were all the fish dishes. Our only dining disappointment was at Manfredi's. The waiters were very good, and apologetic that out food took so long to arrive. The chicken one night was overlooked, and my one pasta dish wasn't al dente, nor particularly tasty. When we spoke to the maître, he was surly and defensive. He tried to explain to us how each meal was individually prepared, etc. as if we had no idea how a well run restaurant of reputation operates. Rather than argue with him, we simply didn't return there. We heard from others that they'd had great meals there, so I assume the quality varies. In summary, I'd say it was a wonderful trip, made all the more so by the friends we made on it, and the sights we saw. We may taking a Viking Star cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean in the future. It depends on if one is scheduled for the Fall, as we normally spend our summers in the States and return to Barcelona for the Fall. 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Sail Date July 2015
My mother and I traveled to Bergen end of May 2015 and took the MS Midnatsol up to Kirkenes for a seven day voyage. It was on my mothers bucket list (she is 80, I am 46). I did plenty of research ahead of time and had a pretty good idea ... Read More
My mother and I traveled to Bergen end of May 2015 and took the MS Midnatsol up to Kirkenes for a seven day voyage. It was on my mothers bucket list (she is 80, I am 46). I did plenty of research ahead of time and had a pretty good idea of what to expect. Starting with embarking that was a long process.. We got there early and waited over two hours. A little disappointing but oh well. From previous reviews seems they can't get that right.. The trip from Bergen to Kirkenes makes like 40 stops. Some longer then four hours, most less then one hour. This is a ferry, although a pretty nice one and they have a route and supplies to deliver along the way so they keep a pretty strict schedule. Some of the main scenery was late at night, like Trollfjord was at 1am, STAY UP FOR THAT. It's the prettiest part of the cruise. My mom didn't want to stay up that late and wishes she did. When they say there is cool landmarks and scenery to see, make sure you see it. As a lot of what you will see all looks the same. There was NO entertainment on this ship. They advertise it though your entertainment is out the window. It rained the first few days and although the scenery was pretty the ports started to look the same toward the end. The Fjords though were breathtaking and I will have forever memories about that. They let you bring your own alcohol on board (they say two bottles each but they don't patrol it). You can drink in your room but I brought a flask on some days and was frugal that way sneaking vodka into my soda (which was still expensive). The drinks on board though rival on shore (at least bars towards the ship) I stopped in a pub in Tromso and paid more for a beer then I would have on the ship. The water on the ship they say is ok to drink, I drank it and didn't get sick. BUT we did buy the water package (it was like $40 american for a bottle at lunch and dinner) and refilled the water. On the last day I opened a water bottle that I refilled and it smelled like rotten eggs so FYI. The water tasted fine but was pretty gross a couple day off water smelled horrible. They had free WiFi on the ship, and a nice computer area in which you could use their computers. The WiFi was better on the main decks of course but I have T-Mobile and their unlimited data international, Norway has great country wide coverage so i was able to stay connected to friends and social networking via Norway's Wireless Network ( Thanks T-Mobile for great rates ) and the ships WiFi when on the main deck. The food was good although I don't eat seafood; I was able to tell the staff and they brought me a special meal for dinner and the sit down lunches we had. I usually had Chicken for most meals. I actually lost weight on this cruise with all the walking on the ship and the healthier food I ate. All the food was really delicious included the bread and fruit. The last night we had a fire on board and we were woken up at 4am. We had to divert to a port where they checked it out and we made it to Kirkenes on time to make our flight. We were tired and some of the people we were with couldn't go back to their room for hours (5 hours) and the ship didn't even offer any type of credit for the inconvenience (they returned back to Bergen on the ship). They were pretty upset with that. But a fire is a fire. We did do a few excursions (I got really seasick on the Puffin Cruise stay away from that one if you get seasick). We also did the Viking Dinner and I ordered the Chicken instead of the Lamb and it was delicious as well as the mead. I would say that was the best excursion as the drive, the people and scenery was really nice. Otherwise when we had hours in a port we just walked around and shopped.. It was a great experience going on this cruise. Wish there was more entertainment but I made my own. We had a mini suite and it was well worth it for the extra room we had . Norway is a very nice country, can't wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Viking Star Cruise departure May 16th from Bergen, Norway Taking the Viking Star Cruise was a trip of a life time for us. We are not people who constantly cruise and looked forward to this cruise since we booked it in August of 2013. ... Read More
Viking Star Cruise departure May 16th from Bergen, Norway Taking the Viking Star Cruise was a trip of a life time for us. We are not people who constantly cruise and looked forward to this cruise since we booked it in August of 2013. We had previously taken the Viking river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam in June of 2013 and enjoyed the atmosphere of a small ship with 120 fellow passengers. The Viking Star was well designed for comfort and beauty. The smallest detail was given considerable consideration for the comfort of the passengers. Being the maiden voyage of the ship we were prepared to accept problems. Our cabin 3097 provided all the storage and room required for the two of us. We enjoyed the view from our veranda on the back of the ship both in ports and while cruising. The only problem we had, and considered it part of a maiden voyage problem, was the lack to heat in our room for the first three days. The mechanics came each day when we complained and did their best to correct the problem. We found all ship personnel were very respectful and friendly. Karen and Jay who cleaned our cabin worked very hard and went out of their way to please us. The evening of May 17th my wife tripped on a low platform in the Winter Garden where there was no barriers and was badly bruised. Viking Star’s staff were very attentive as were the doctor and nurse in the medical centre. As the ship was being christened on May 17th and it was Norway’s National Day, resulted in the cancellation of the scheduled trip to Flam. (A visit to Oslo was added to our itinerary to replace the tour to Flam) We flew to Bergen three days in advance of embarkation and made arrangements to do “Norway in a Nutshell” a 12 hour tour by train, bus and boat to Flam and train back Bergen. This was a highlight of our trip and we certainly recommend this be part of the Viking Star planned tours. We would highly praise the ships’ entertainers. It was a pleasure to relax in the evenings and listen to Laura on the piano, the Classical trio, guitarist Laszlo and especially the Torshavn Trio. The musical entertainment in the theatre was light whimsical shows. The lectures in the evenings were interesting. We especially enjoyed the ones presented by Major General Sir Robert Corbett on his life in Berlin. The food on board was excellent either in the Restaurant or the World Café. The evening of our reservation at the Chef’s Table, the menu was shell fish which my wife cannot eat, so we had to cancel our reservation and did not rebook. There was no choice for other entries. Our disappointments were with some of the excursions both complimentary and the ones that were at an additional cost. Our chosen complimentary tour in Oslo of the Akershus Fortress & Norwegian Resistance Museum was cancelled the evening before the tour. This was a disappointment, but we visited the Viking ship museums in its place. Berlin Your Way, a complimentary excursion did not turn out as we expected. We enjoyed seeing the German countryside during the 4 hour bus ride to and from Berlin. The expected 3.5 hours on our own to tour of Berlin was cut back to 2.5 tour because of road construction. We had planned to take the Hop on/Hop off tour in Berlin At our first stop a tour guide came aboard to give a driving tour of the city. She could not tell us where our bus would be at the end of the tour, so we could not go off on our own. It was very difficult to see the places she was pointing out on the bus and we were not told if these places were on the left or right of the bus. This part of the tour of Berlin was extremely disappointing. We were dropped off at Check Point Charlie for an hour to get our own lunch, and there was not much to see in this area. Some of the excursions that were at an additional cost were over-priced. At Stavanger we wanted to visit the Oil Museum. The entrance fees to the museum was approx.. $19. Can. each. Cost of a walking tour and a visit the oil museum on a Viking tour was $99 each. We did the complimentary walking tour of the city, then walked a short distance and toured the oil museum by ourselves saving approx..$150. The guided walk through Helsinki cost $59 each and did include coffee and a pastry stop. The pastry was excellent. There was no warning that this was a fast paced walking tour. Our tour guide walked very fast, we did not feel there was time to stop to take photos along the way without having to run to catch up with her. She never looked back to see if we were keeping up or if we had all got across the street on a green light. One lady on our tour walked with a cane and another lady had arthritis in her feet, both had difficulty in keeping up with this guide. At one point I stayed back with them when the lady guide got out of sight ahead of us, and my wife ran to catch the guide and request that she slow down and wait for the slower people, but she didn’t slow down. There were 2 people missing when we left the Church in the Rock and she only waited a few minutes and left without them. The Waterways of Stockholm cost $89 each. This tour was on a “Hop on/Hop Off” boat that regularly tours Stockholm harbor – regular tour tickets are less than $40 a couple. Everyone who booked this tour was put on one boat forcing most people to sit three in each seat, or some sat in the back outside with no wind protection which was a cold place to be that day. It certainly was not an enjoyable tour, and was overpriced at $89 each. Some people we met on board booked and enjoyed a private 2 day tour of St. Petersburg with fewer people in a small van, costing much less than the Ultimate St. Petersburg 2 day tour offered by Viking costing $399. The tour “Palaces & Villas of St. Petersburg, costing $149 each was our choice for the 2nd day. It was an excellent tour and worth the price. Lunch was included. In St. Petersburg there were 4-5 cruise ships in the dock at St. Petersburg all much larger than the Viking Star and holding many more people. On our complimentary tour of the city, it was so crowded with buses and people, our bus found it hard to find a place to park long enough for us to get off to take photos. On the whole we enjoyed the cruise of the Viking Homelands, but we really preferred the smaller River Boat cruise with fewer people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
O.K it's a few years since we cruised from Bergen to Kirkeness and return to Bergen via the Lofoten Islands. Disappointment comes if you expect to be on a typical cruise ship. This is a ferry that takes passengers. The line has been ... Read More
O.K it's a few years since we cruised from Bergen to Kirkeness and return to Bergen via the Lofoten Islands. Disappointment comes if you expect to be on a typical cruise ship. This is a ferry that takes passengers. The line has been operating for more than 100 years and began as a ferry that took a few passengers. Now it seems things are reversed and the main income is from passengers. This creates a problem as they don't seem to be sure what area they should concentrate on. The ship may call at up to 6 ports a day, but some of the stops are only about 15 minutes. Major towns (there are no cities) may mean a few hours. This upsets folk who did not do sufficient research when booking the trip (it is not a cruise). People hop and hop off the ship and it's not unusual to see young people curled up in the most unusual places in their sleeping bag. REMEMBER, IT IS A FERRY. If you see it as a wonderful adventure you will love it, especially the Lofoten islands. But if you expect the level of service and all the bits and bobs that go with a Holland America cruise you will be disappointed. We found the meals to be reasonable and the shore excursions to be very good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
a newish boat - tiny cabin with just enough storage space for one - we lived out of our suitcases stowed under the bed. The outside cabins with portholes appeared a bit larger but not really value for money. Mainly continental ... Read More
a newish boat - tiny cabin with just enough storage space for one - we lived out of our suitcases stowed under the bed. The outside cabins with portholes appeared a bit larger but not really value for money. Mainly continental breakfasts, with eggs, chipolata sausages - not really up to English standards, but reasonable. other meals mainly fish and pork, one shellfish buffet and reindeer meat once. Great soups, bread, salads and desserts. We had reserved settings for quite a few meals which meant we were forced to sit with people even if we didn't care for their company - also some people forced to sit at a table for 2 even if they wanted to sit by other people.No choice of menu at most dinner times- mainly fish which was sometimes like cardboard - probably defrosted - shame as there should have been plenty of fresh fish in Norway. Missed chicken and had lamb only twice. The staterooms were great, plenty of space and seats, lovely sundeck and 2 outdoor hot tubs - not for the faint hearted, but well used, sauna and gym were great. The bar was expensive +++ - entertainment by a couple of singers so-so, but welcome as a diversion at the end of the day. 21£ for a mug with unlimited tea and coffee from the cafeteria/bar - but as it cost 2£ for a single cup it seemed worth it to buy the mug. £5.70 for a 1/2 pint of beer which was half filled with foam! We went on a lot of the tours to break up the day - the city tours were a waste of money, as well as the one to the Russian Border. The best were to the Svartisen Glacier, though you had to walk a mile to get to it from the bus, The Geiranger Panorama was good too. Not to be missed is the Midnight concert in Tromso Cathedral, The North Cape, and the Sea Eagle Safari. People who did a walking tour of Trondheim were disappointed, as well as the trip into Hammerfest. We went to the Lofoten Islands - it got dark early and was raining, so was awful esp as the guide couldn't speak English. Couldn't go on the Vega trip (out of season - shame)- others said the trip to Svolvaer and the Atlantic road trip were good - though the guide had limited English on the latter which wasn't so much fun. Met some great people, read a lot of books - they had a small library to which I added a couple of books. A very expensive trip, but worth it in the end. The ship was clean, cabins cleaned every day. The waiters were a bit rude sometimes - someone asked for jam -and he said - its there, cant you read, and on another occasion one of them was ride to another guest in front of us - affluence breeds ennui and arrogance! Check your bills carefully - we ended up being overcharged by over 1200K - 120£ - and so did almost everyone else. The barman charged us for the more expensive drinks instead of what we had actually bought, and one doesn't usually expect this in a crowded bar, so you tend to sign the cruise card chit without checking - big mistake, only put right at the end after a load of hassle and queuing. 6 nights would have been perfect - but we'd have missed the concert and the sea eagle safari so comme si comme sa In all a good experience and I would recommend it to people who don't want too much in the way of entertainment etc - one has to be mindful of the fact that it is but a glorified ferry and not expect too much. We felt that we could have done with spending 2 nights in Bergen or Kristiansund which looked like vibrant fun places Read Less
Sail Date August 2011

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