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8 Norwegian Fjords Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

We have never cruised before, so was not sure we would enjoy the experience, how wrong we were. The ship, Marella discovery, was very modern, well equipped, and professionally staffed, we were wined and dined, entertained, and felt ... Read More
We have never cruised before, so was not sure we would enjoy the experience, how wrong we were. The ship, Marella discovery, was very modern, well equipped, and professionally staffed, we were wined and dined, entertained, and felt pampered from arrival to departure, nothing was too much for them. we traveled to multiple ports around the fjords and the scenery was a delight to the eyes, we enjoyed our experience so much we are already planning our next cruise, I am a firm believer of not booking the same hotel twice, as I like variety when parting with my hard earned cash, but marella dicovery is more than just a hotel, it really felt like home from home, I would like to thank our captain, Chris, general manager Elizabeth, Karen, Fiona, rachel, in fact too many to mention, thank you all so much for the memories xxxx be seeing you all soon, Chris and Ruth , from brighouse. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our experience on the Richard With exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and fabulous. The cabin was comfortable and the public rooms very nice and attractive. The scenery must be the best in the world.! The crew could not have ... Read More
Our experience on the Richard With exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and fabulous. The cabin was comfortable and the public rooms very nice and attractive. The scenery must be the best in the world.! The crew could not have been more pleasant. Of course alcohol bought onboard was expensive but it is everywhere in Norway. The breakfast & lunch buffets were out of this world, and the served meal in the evening very tasty. If you saw something on the menu in the morning you did not like, you could ask for something else for that evening. The ports were interesting, the embarkation easy, the talks interesting. Disembarkation in Kirkenes was a bit slow and crowded but not a problem. I think this was unusual. We did not take any excursions but liked to wander around ports on our own. We were lucky with perfect weather. Mu husband says that everything was "splendid, an extraordinary time, and we enjoyed it thoroughly." The 6 nights were expensive in our view at first but by the end we felt it was good value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I saw an article offering no single supplement on this Hurtigruten cruise (11.11.17) and investigated it. Sounded good, so I booked it. Flew from Sydney to Bergen - warm weather to icy chill! Dinner on the first night was buffet ... Read More
I saw an article offering no single supplement on this Hurtigruten cruise (11.11.17) and investigated it. Sounded good, so I booked it. Flew from Sydney to Bergen - warm weather to icy chill! Dinner on the first night was buffet style, but after that each night - bar one - it was a set three course meal - no choices. However the choices for breakfast and lunch were excellent - particularly if you like seafood - and cheese. The only complaint I have is that the hot food could have been a lot hotter - some times it was just warm. Hurtigruten prides itself on supporting local suppliers and often what we had for dinner was bought fresh from a local port that day. While the coastal voyage states that it calls into 34 ports - don't be fooled - this is a mail/cargo/passenger run and so often the ports are at all times of the day and sometimes only 15 minutes. Usually each day there is a major port stop with excursions offered - quite pricey - but most times there is a good map available on board so that you can walk around yourself. I had bought rubber slip on "spikes" to attach to my boots and was able to walk on snowy and sometimes icy streets with confidence - after the first cautious steps. On board we had cultural and information talks about Norway and its history. Don't expect any entertainment at night - there is an occasional story telling at 9.30 - and you may be lucky to be called from your bed for the Northern Lights but that's it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We took a 6 days cruise, North from Kirkenes to Bergen. We love it. Saw the "northern lights" and the fjords of Norway. We took the mini-suite and it is the only way to go. The lower cabins are tiny. For the size, it was more ... Read More
We took a 6 days cruise, North from Kirkenes to Bergen. We love it. Saw the "northern lights" and the fjords of Norway. We took the mini-suite and it is the only way to go. The lower cabins are tiny. For the size, it was more than adequate, better than Princess. The bed was superb. For the price of the mini-suite, you get free wine ( a bottle a day if you want) and mineral water. You also get to take home new robe and wool blanket. You also get late check out. Highly recommend cabin #605 for its location and little noise when they dock. Food is great, much better than Princess and sometimes better than Oceania. Selections for the breakfast and lunch was great norwiegan foods for all tastes, Dinner was one selection, but individual crafted by the ship chef. You can see her work. Did not have a bad meals. They did fish dishes the best. Very little fry dishes, so heallty. The ship did rock a little when it leaves the fjord and get into open seas. But this is only for a few hours. Since it hold only 300 passengers, we have only 150 it was never crowd. Love it. This is a cruise line that is waiting to be discover. Will do it agian in the summer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was an outstanding cruise . The ship , which is the newest in the Holland America company is marvellous for couples and families that like finesse and relaxation . Our cabin was an interior one below the big lounge and a bit noise so ... Read More
This was an outstanding cruise . The ship , which is the newest in the Holland America company is marvellous for couples and families that like finesse and relaxation . Our cabin was an interior one below the big lounge and a bit noise so they changed it right away and we also received compensations for the inconvenience . This treat , the exquisite food in the restaurants , the service everywhere in the ship , the abundance of fine activities and entertainments is what will brings us again to make a cruise with this ship and company . The ports we visited were also very attractive and we had enough time to tour the places . The fjords of Norway are after all one of the most beautiful sceneries in the world . We took some shore excursions in the ship but then we found out that we paid twice the price of the same excursion offered by locals at port . We already made a cruise with the Nieuw Amsterdam before and both times we were very pleased and content so I truly recommend this kind of vacation and trip to all those that knows how to relax , discover places and people and enjoy the "Dolce Vita" Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The boarding process went very well. A bit of a hassle checking in baggage due to two ships boarding and departing at the same time. Delay for baggage check in and safety briefing was less than 15 minutes. The cabins are as advertised in ... Read More
The boarding process went very well. A bit of a hassle checking in baggage due to two ships boarding and departing at the same time. Delay for baggage check in and safety briefing was less than 15 minutes. The cabins are as advertised in the brochures, not typical big cruise ship cabins. We found our cabin (610) to be very comfortable with a large closet for hanging clothes with 8 hangers, a spacious 7 shelf floor to ceiling closet for folded items with a safe, a long up high shelf over the bed, and night stands on both sides of the bed. The bath was larger than expected and well appointed with two shelves under the sink and two shelves in the shower area. Note that like most Scandinavian hotels/cruise ships the Spitsbergen does not furnish wash cloths so bring your own if desired. The typical pull out clothes line is available in the bath. The bed was large and comfortable with separate duvets and two pillows on each side. Breakfasts were buffet style with an variety of dishes both hot and cold including typical US and British breakfast items, fish, fruit, cheese, juice, coffee, tea, and at least a half dozen breads and rolls. Lunch was also buffet style with a large varied choice of hot items, a daily soup, cold meats, sea foods, fruits, breads, cheeses, coffee, tea, and outstanding cakes and other deserts. Dinner was a three course affair with unique dishes served each night usually sea food. Tap water is available at all meals at no cost if requested. A good selection of wines are available a bit on the expensive but not out of line with shore based restaurants in Norway. Excursions are varied in length and quality governed in great part by the ships schedule. The Bodo Aviation museum, not mentioned in the ships literature is highly recommended for anyone with an interest. Onboard briefings are informative and interesting. Deck eight activities are nice when the weather cooperates. This is definitely a scenery cruise so don't expect nightly entertainment. Disembarkation went very well even in the rain with plenty assistance from the Cruise director and staff. Without exception Shipboard personnel were pleasant, friendly and fun to talk to. Expect wind, rain, and cold on a totally different cruise and you will not be disappointed. In our opinion the six outside cabins forward on deck six are the best onboard the ship for comfort, location and convenience. The fitness center appeared to be worthwhile for those interested. Never saw it in use on this trip tho. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Friends had ask us to join them on this cruise and we thought it would be a dream come true to be able to see lands we never thought we would. Our ship was the Viking Star new to the Viking fleet and we were not disappointed. All crew ... Read More
Friends had ask us to join them on this cruise and we thought it would be a dream come true to be able to see lands we never thought we would. Our ship was the Viking Star new to the Viking fleet and we were not disappointed. All crew members were so helpful and there to take care of all our needs sometimes before we knew we needed anything. The shore excursions were most enjoyable especially St. Petersburg and Tallinn. These tours were just like stepping back in time and everything we had hope they would be. We loved seeing the old churches and see the Viking long houses as well as the new modern places. Seems as though the world is a much smaller place that we thought as many ports had the very same thing as we do here in the USA. Would we do it again...yes but a different cruise and different places to help us be able to see more of the world. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We look for open seating dining, great service, and exceptional cuisine as well as a small ship. We enjoy good shows, but, shows and a large casino are not a major criteria when choosing a cruise line. At this point, we have found that ... Read More
We look for open seating dining, great service, and exceptional cuisine as well as a small ship. We enjoy good shows, but, shows and a large casino are not a major criteria when choosing a cruise line. At this point, we have found that Seabourn and Silversea are the two lines that best meet our criteria best. The Norwegian fjord cruise was excellent. Seabourn has a marina and offers a series of zodiac an kiak tours which was a great addition to the normal tours on the itinerary. All in all, a great cruise experience. The staff was very attentive and the restaurants each had themes every night making for interesting dining. The Thomas Keller Grill was an exceptional dining experience. Suites were comfortable and there was more than enough storage space. Little things like fresh fruit brought to the room every day adds a lot to the overall experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016

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