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454 Hurtigruten Bergen Cruise Reviews

I chose this for the country (Norway) plus the adventurous aspect of the excursions. I read that this year is the ship’s last year of sailing and it was the last time to experience a different type of cruise. The ship is stylish and ... Read More
I chose this for the country (Norway) plus the adventurous aspect of the excursions. I read that this year is the ship’s last year of sailing and it was the last time to experience a different type of cruise. The ship is stylish and whilst old still offers a comfortable, low key holiday. The staff were second to none, especially as they were dealing with the ever-changing unprecedented situation with C-19 virus. We really were in uncharted waters!!! They were calm, unflustered and dealt with the whole spectrum of reactions from passengers. They helped with arranging flights taxis etc when many of us chose to cut our cruise short )in my case from 11to 3). They changed tack from buffet style food service to silver service with aplomb and good humour. They were outstanding and I am sure they were equally as worried as we passengers were. The level of service from everyone was amazing Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This cruise was chosen because our previous cruises to Norway with P&O had not gone as far north. Booking direct with Hurtigruten meant that we were covered by their travel arrangements eg charter flight to Bergen from the UK and ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because our previous cruises to Norway with P&O had not gone as far north. Booking direct with Hurtigruten meant that we were covered by their travel arrangements eg charter flight to Bergen from the UK and transfer to the port. The ship is a working fast ferry that carries goods and post. However, the public areas are furnished to a high quality. The ship stops at many ports including at night mostly for a short time - 15 to 20 minutes. As the ramps for loading are on the port side it might be worth if you book for the lower decks in the hull to book the starboard side. Also, there are a number of times when the ship traverses open sea. In winter, these can be interesting. The posh cabins higher up in the ship and often more to the front being more susceptible to extreme movement. You get a nice certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle. The cabin was good except only 2 x single beds which were fixed to the walls. One became a couch / settee in the day time. The bathroom was very good with an excellent shower and hair dryer. Body wash / shampoo and conditioner are in bottles fixed to the shower and there is a soap dispenser above the sink.. Enough wardrobe space. There is a system that allows the cabin not to be cleaned every day which creates points to a 'green' fund. The food was the pleasant surprise. The quality was excellent especially fish. Breakfast which were self serve included hot dishes including porridge and there was fruit juices, tea / coffee, cold cheeses and meats and fish. There was always a queue around the toaster. Lunch was again buffet style with an amazing selection of hot & cold dishes. The evening meal was a set three course menu showcasing Norwegian food. Four dining times - 1800, 1830, 2000 and 2030 hours. Portions were not as immense as you could have for lunch but that was no bad thing. Throughout all meals cold water was available. If you wanted water / coffee etc out of meal times you needed a package but these can be purchased beforehand NB the water in the cabins is of a very high quality and cold. Intoxicants such as beer, wine and spirits are very expensive as they are throughout Norway. You are not allowed to bring duty free purchases on board for consumption in the public spaces. There was no entertainment as such but there were talks from the Expedition team which were very good. They are experts in wildlife, marine ecology etc. WE only went on one expedition to the Russian border which we greatly enjoyed. One of the best films was on 'Norwegian stereotypes' eg Norway is not the capital of Sweden. Throughout the staff were tremendous. Almost all have real competence in English. Some port stops at places like Trondheim and Tromso are long enough to allow excursions. On the return journey, one of the two engines failed (gear box overheated) a rare occurrence which meant our voyage finished in Trondheim. However, it also meant we had a full day there. Booking through Hurtigruten then showed its benefits. A flight was arranged from Trondheim to Bergen to connect with our return charter flight at Bergen. Ship staff came to Trondheim to smooth our journey. A USB can be purchased showing the highlights of the voyage. To sum up, this 'cruise' was totally unlike any other we'd been on previously. It is a working ship and often stops are short. The scenery was magnificent and the Expedition staff were excellent. The food was of a quality not found on normal ferries and as good as the best dedicated cruise ships. WE'd love to do it again but probably in summer just to see the contrasts with our winter journey. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The cruise was informal; great food; friendly, attentive & knowledgeable staff; variety of ports & excursions With less passengers than the larger ships, people could get to know each other and the staff which led to a friendly ... Read More
The cruise was informal; great food; friendly, attentive & knowledgeable staff; variety of ports & excursions With less passengers than the larger ships, people could get to know each other and the staff which led to a friendly atmosphere The food was good quality, with something for everyone (although it did include a lot of fish - but I expect there were vegetarian / meat options if required) The excursions ranged from hikes with experienced guides, some of which would need a good level of fitness to bus tours, kayaking, horse riding, dog sledding and quad bikes Being smaller, the ship could go into smaller fjord, so scenery was lovely. The expedition team organised a variety of activities on board which were interesting and gave good local flavour. Nothing was compulsory but I'm sure most people found something they enjoyed The staff were lovely and happy to help in any way they could. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I wanted to see Hurtigruten's new Hybrid cruise ship and experience the expedition cruise concept. This is a great way to travel for the environmentally conscious cruise customer. Check in, embarking and disembarking was always ... Read More
I wanted to see Hurtigruten's new Hybrid cruise ship and experience the expedition cruise concept. This is a great way to travel for the environmentally conscious cruise customer. Check in, embarking and disembarking was always smooth. This is a small ship by cruise standards with 500 passengers but that makes for a much better experience. The ship and quality of the onboard accommodation is excellent as are the facilities, food and beverages. Every cabin has a sea view which is welcome on an expedition cruise ship. The staff are very helpful and informative and the excursions we're well organised and very interesting. The Explorer lounge where you can learn about the locations you are travelling to and the flora and fauna of the expedition destination is an excellent concept and is a key attraction for those seeking to learn more about the environment and eco systems visited. I would highly recommend a Hurtigruten cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I went on this cruise with my brother and his wife. We had always wanted to visit Norway and thought the winter cruise with the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights would be a great idea. We were not disappointed - we did see ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my brother and his wife. We had always wanted to visit Norway and thought the winter cruise with the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights would be a great idea. We were not disappointed - we did see the lights although personally I was disappointed that they appeared like grey "clouds" and it was only through a good camera lens where the exposure could be left open longer that the colours could be captured. I dont think many people are made aware of that. Apparently you need really dark skies to see the colours, and on board the ship is unlikely to happen. Dont expect entertainment - but the lectures on offer were good as were the excursions. That aside, the food was amazing and plenty of it, we particularly enjoyed the printed menus each day giving us the provenance of the food that was to be served at dinner. Breakfast and lunch were self service, dinner was seated at pre-allocated tables. We were lucky to have the 6.30pm sitting giving us plenty of time to chillout after. The communal areas were good, although there was some seat "hogging" going on. The bakery on the top deck was a comfortable place to spend time reading and knitting. And the panorama lounge (where it was hard to get seats in the day) was pleasant in the evening after dinner. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise as it is a ferry and not overally "touristy" as an anniversary and birthday present for us. This was such an experience. The staff are amazing the scenery is fantastic. Normally we never repeat a ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it is a ferry and not overally "touristy" as an anniversary and birthday present for us. This was such an experience. The staff are amazing the scenery is fantastic. Normally we never repeat a holiday BUT this is an exception. We had a partial view cabin which was very comfy as we thought we may spend some time there on the days we had nothing planned, however there is so much room on the ship we could have saved money and been happy with an inside cabin!! However it was still very comfy and nice to retreat every now and then since I have a chronic pain condition. The staff were EXCEPTIONAL they will accomendate wherever they can and also have a smile on their face and they make you feel part of the family (corney I know!!) We did 4 excursions dog sledding at Tromso which is worth every penny!! Snow hotel, which is such an experience but if you want to see snow sculptures the ship stops at a port where there is a place called Magic ice which is the same but cheaper and no dogs or reindeer! We did the polar night snow mobile which was incredible but we had cloudy night but still so much fun! We also did the mines which we loved but not everyone liked, you have a loong coach ride through amazing scenery and a great guide and the mines are fab as is the soup, you will hear local recording of a band (they play Elvis which is a bit odd) but really lovely. My final advice is you can have snow clothes etc but you really dont need it for the excursions as most of them will provide stuff. Have a decent coat, gloves etc and snow spikes if you are walking in town. Hope this helps and enjoy your holiday if you go x Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were very pleased we chose this trip, which did not disappoint and in the main was above expectations.The ship was in excellent condition and kept very clean. We were impressed by our accommodation (suite 502) which was large (two ... Read More
We were very pleased we chose this trip, which did not disappoint and in the main was above expectations.The ship was in excellent condition and kept very clean. We were impressed by our accommodation (suite 502) which was large (two rooms), very comfortable and spotless. We enjoyed some excellent and interesting excursions, although one of the highlights, a trip on a snowmobile, had to be cancelled due to poor weather. Other passengers also experienced cancellations of other excursions due to poor weather, but it must be realised this is a working ferry as well as a cruise ship and winter weather can occasionally lead to missed ports and cancelled excursions. Nonetheless, this did not detract from our overall satisfaction and overall experience. The food was excellent and the catering staff too. They were always helpful and always seemed cheerful. AND we saw the Northern Lights on more than one occasion! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I'd wanted to see the Northern Lights and go on a cruise for years. I'd looked at Hurtigruten along with other companies. The Hurtigruten seemed expensive but offered fewer 'on board' activities (musicals, casino, ... Read More
I'd wanted to see the Northern Lights and go on a cruise for years. I'd looked at Hurtigruten along with other companies. The Hurtigruten seemed expensive but offered fewer 'on board' activities (musicals, casino, entertainment). I spoke to my travel agent and one of the company had been with Hurtigruten and raved about it. I also decided that for this trip I was more interested in the culture and scenery rather than entertainment. I know I made the right decision. My cruise was fantastic. The MS Trollfjord is a beautiful ship with lots of space to sit, relax and watch the beautiful scenery. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable Expedition team were on board and they arranged excursions as well as giving informative talks and presentations about the ports we visited, history and culture of Norway and kept us informed about weather and the all important aurora forecasts! Our interior cabin was small but fine for our 12 days with comfortable beds, plenty of space for belongings, a shower room with lashings of hot water and a heated floor. The water is also drinkable so no need to purchase bottles. Food was fantastic with a huge selection available for the buffet breakfasts and lunch. Evening meal was a set menu with the opportunity to request an alternative if required. We took four shore excursions: The tram ride, North Cape, Snow Hotel and Snowmobiling. All were fabulous (they are pricey however). The expedition team also had a program of hikes available to participate in as well. The printed daily programme informed us of the port calls (and duration of stay), places of interest, times of talks etc All the staff on the ship worked so hard and service was excellent to ensure we had a great trip.And yes - the beautiful Northern Lights gave us a great show :) Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We sailed on this very ship nearly five years ago, a June eleven-day coastal trip. Stunning scenery, excursions superb and life on board very comfortable and friendly. Had to repeat the experience. We’re currently eight days into our ... Read More
We sailed on this very ship nearly five years ago, a June eleven-day coastal trip. Stunning scenery, excursions superb and life on board very comfortable and friendly. Had to repeat the experience. We’re currently eight days into our winter trip, the standard just as high, the food and comfort admirable. So what if you have to make your own entertainment onboard? Those here have accepted this, readers, photographers, card players and many just happy to sit and enjoy the whole experience. That’s what Hurtigruten voyages are about. The trip has been spectacular, less excursions done (that to the North Cape was awesome) but a greater chance to walk into snow filled towns and explore further. Cold, but totally pleasurable. We cannot fault Hurtigruten. And so relaxing, time passing gently in good company and amongst the friendliest of staff you can imagine. We’ll no doubt wish to do this again, and I’m sure it will happen. Hurtigruten knows it’s market, those who properly explore its website know its virtues and worth. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This cruise was initially offered to us by another company but we ultimately decided we would be getting a better experience and better value for money. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. The ship was ample for our ... Read More
This cruise was initially offered to us by another company but we ultimately decided we would be getting a better experience and better value for money. Embarkation and disembarkation went well. The ship was ample for our requirements although the cabin was adequate the shower area was small. But all in all the staff and crew helped make our experience excellent. Our Trip in the Company of Hurtigruten By Erle Durham Cabin 356 18th February 2020 We boarded our Titan from Gatwick, One-hour and a half soon passed We landed at picturesque Bergen, Caroline 's look made me agasp She handed our info and we scurried To board our Ship, Richard With Wow! What a sight to remember Especially meeting Elizabeth Captain Geir-Arne Johannesburg, At that time was no where to'be seen Not till the following morning At the Gathering just gone three Johann with his wisdom and humour Gave us history, weather and updates, On trips, excursions and other things With the Captain, his crew and not being late Not forgetting the white Shirted money man Atlè and Erik right by the food All of this made our lives heaven Thank You Hurtigruten, THANK YOU. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was my 3rd Hurtigruten Cruise in 3 years and I loved the Nordkapp and Fram. The Nordlys was a huge disappointment in almost all categories. The cabins are small, but that is expected. Worse yet, my cabin had a terrible sewage smell ... Read More
This was my 3rd Hurtigruten Cruise in 3 years and I loved the Nordkapp and Fram. The Nordlys was a huge disappointment in almost all categories. The cabins are small, but that is expected. Worse yet, my cabin had a terrible sewage smell the first two days and a lingering sewage smell throughout the cruise. The cleaning crew indicated there was an issue. The restaurant staff, except for Pow, was unhappy and the service was greatly lacking. It was difficult to even get water. The breakfast and lunch buffets were not varied much. Also, the food was often not replenished and it was difficult to track down staff. On multiple occasions, there were no dinner plates available. During the buffets, tables were not cleaned well, leaving dirty rubber placemats and food on chairs. Everything is now an up-sell. On the Nordkapp coastal voyage, we had king crab one evening...it is now $999 NOK or over $100. Our farewell dinner was pollack and nothing special. A dining room staff member said, “Nothing is free anymore on Hurtigruten!” The expedition staff was great. However, the tours are exceptionally expensive and now even the hikes are outrageous in price. I have an expensive Antarctic Cruise booked first February 2021 and I am greatly concerned that my once favorite cruise line will be another huge disappointment on a once in a life time trip! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We hoped to see the Aurora and experience the stunning arctic scenery. We chose the 7-day Northbound cruise with flights back to the UK from Kirkenes. The prices for the excursions were very high, nevertheless we chose the dog-sledding ... Read More
We hoped to see the Aurora and experience the stunning arctic scenery. We chose the 7-day Northbound cruise with flights back to the UK from Kirkenes. The prices for the excursions were very high, nevertheless we chose the dog-sledding as an experience of a lifetime. It lived up to expectations. The 'Cathedral tour' at one town though, was priced at over £100pp - we decided to walk the half mile from the boat instead and paid the £12 entry fee. It was the same with several other expensive 'walking tours' of small towns/villages - we simply explored ourselves. Other activities billed as lasting 2.5hours failed to mention 1 hour coach transfers etc. On board the breakfasts and buffet-style lunches were quite good, but repetitive each day. There was no* choice on the dinner menu - a set 3 courses each day; and the quality was unremarkable given the eloquence of the written description of the dishes on the menu. (*If you really didn't want what was on offer for a given evening, it was possible to ask for 'the alternative' by prior arrangement by lunchtime that day) A £100+ 'drinks package' bought just 3 bottles of wine - and individually a pint of beer varied between £10 - £12.25 (on shore, even in the more remote villages the price was only £7.50) The bar on board was only available after 3.00pm and was the only place to get free coffee during the day outside meal times) All in all, most things were overpriced and struggled to live up to to their descriptions in the brochure. HOWEVER - the scenery was stunning throughout, and the 'Expedition Team' were knowledgeable, lively and positive, and keen to help guests get the most out of their voyage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Cruise to see Northern Lights and Norwegian coastline This was a Christmas present for my wife who had to cancel due to her sisters bereavement 2 weeks prior to departure. Hurtigruten were most unsympathetic and inflexible, they ... Read More
Cruise to see Northern Lights and Norwegian coastline This was a Christmas present for my wife who had to cancel due to her sisters bereavement 2 weeks prior to departure. Hurtigruten were most unsympathetic and inflexible, they would not refund the cost, or change names on tickets to allow use by someone else, or defer the dates. In the end to avoid losing all the money I travelled alone and have been trying to claim my wife's costs back from the insurance company. However I need a letter from Hurtigruten confirming cancellation and that my wife did not travel to do this, and despite asking 3 times on board and emailing them I did not get the courtesy of a reply until after I arrived home, they obviously find administration too onerous and are not interested in customer service once they have been paid. I would not recommend anyone using this cruise line because of this, which is a shame because the venues are interesting and staff helpful apart from in "customer service" The food is good and well presented and cooked but there is no choice at dinner, so if you do not like fish it is a problem. The breakfast and lunch buffets are very good with a lot more choice. If you like a beer or wine you need a large budget or bring your own ! Many of the ports of call are just 15 minute stops to deliver / collect mail and goods so there is no option to disembark here, however the main ports like Trondheim and Tromso offer more time to explore. The excursion team are the best thing about Hurtigruten, they are knowledgeable and entertaining, however the excursions are overpriced. Unlike traditional cruise lines there is no evening entertainment on board. To sum up, a poor and inflexible booking policy, decent food and staff , the ship is a cross between ferry and cruise ship Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Even though we saw them on 3 nights, be aware - Northern lights are NOT coloured to the naked eye. If your cabin is on the gangway side you get woken in the middle of the night with all the stops. Not enough to do on board except sit ... Read More
Even though we saw them on 3 nights, be aware - Northern lights are NOT coloured to the naked eye. If your cabin is on the gangway side you get woken in the middle of the night with all the stops. Not enough to do on board except sit in the lounge area, some good talks and films. Board games available. The gangway area and walk path to coaches were not treated, so snow and ice v. slippery. Not yet a 'cruise' line as it advertises itself. No medical facilities Twin/single cabins have a large metal handle on the side of bed making getting in and out difficult. Buffet meals were good, but if lunch was a buffet, dinner was a fixed (no choice) menu served slowly and lukewarm. Excursions over-priced. Small poorly equipped gym MS Nordlys is the most recently refitted Hurtigruten ship but Hurtigruten can't seem to decide if they are still a Post ship with lots of short stops, or a Cruise line Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We actually took the complete 11 day trip to/from Bergen (not 6 days as above). We had been on the same trip previously and so enjoyed the experience, we wanted to go again. This is unusual for us, as we like to go to different places. ... Read More
We actually took the complete 11 day trip to/from Bergen (not 6 days as above). We had been on the same trip previously and so enjoyed the experience, we wanted to go again. This is unusual for us, as we like to go to different places. So it was a special memory. All the crew we came into contact with were most courteous, kind, helpful and cheerful. The Expedition team provided many interesting and enjoyable sessions daily. Thank you very much. The food, again, was delicious. Always plenty of choice at buffet breakfast and lunch, with beautifully presented served meals at dinner. The multiple sittings at dinner allowed us to really enjoy an almost Michelin starred experience each day. The weather was much better than the previous trip, but the Northern Lights were not co-operating very well this time - very late and very quick. Our "mini-suite" was very comfortable and we particularly praise Hurtigruten for their decisions to be super-friendly to the environment by allowing us to restrict cabin servicing to days of our choice - not just the usual "save the towels". Well done Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Trip was recommended by a travel agent, it was also chance to see the Northern Lights. We didn't want a big cruise ship for our first cruise, we also wanted a trip to the Arctic Circle we this trip provided. The trip to the main port ... Read More
Trip was recommended by a travel agent, it was also chance to see the Northern Lights. We didn't want a big cruise ship for our first cruise, we also wanted a trip to the Arctic Circle we this trip provided. The trip to the main port in the Arctic cancelled due to the weather which was very disappointing. The lights made a very brief appearance which also added to the frustration, I accept we were at the mercy of mother nature and the weather which wasn't ideal. Cloudy, rain and fog on the way up brighter on the return leg. Trip lasted 12 days, I wouldn't do 12 days again, 7 would've been enough, Facilities onboard were limited but we knew that beforehand, it is a relatively small, working ship, more like a ferry. The food onboard was excellent and they catered for all tastes. Limited time to explore the various ports we visited. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have chosen this cruise in Winter to see the arctic and the northern lights. We did the Route Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim. Embarkation in Bergen was easy and it had a luggage service. The ship is not to big and for our opinion a ... Read More
We have chosen this cruise in Winter to see the arctic and the northern lights. We did the Route Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim. Embarkation in Bergen was easy and it had a luggage service. The ship is not to big and for our opinion a good decision to travel. We had a cabin with a king size bed. The crew is very friendly and helpful. The dining is very good. At Breakfast and Lunch is served a buffet. You can book some excursions, but it´s not cheap. We did three excursion. An Arctic coastal walk, Dogsledding and Midnight concert. All are amazingly. The Ship has an Expedition Team on board. The Team give very interesting informations about the excursions, the historic and life in Norway. You can do excursions at several ports by your own, because the ports mostly directly near the city center. If you travel in Winter you need good clothing. We will do the cruise in winter again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is our first trip with Hurtigruten ( Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen) 1. Kirkenes - Bergen - Many ports skipped during return trip due to bad weather. 2. Very comfortable cabin. 3. My wish for every dinner is fulfilled. 4. ... Read More
This is our first trip with Hurtigruten ( Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen) 1. Kirkenes - Bergen - Many ports skipped during return trip due to bad weather. 2. Very comfortable cabin. 3. My wish for every dinner is fulfilled. 4. Breakfast could be improved (Eg: additional Asian cuisine on board) 5. Very friendly and knowledgable personnel on board. 6. Expensive excursions (could be improved with price). ( Eg: Husky rides done not as described in book !!! ) 7. Northern light not sighted during entire trip due to bad weather. But Hurtigruten promised a FOC trip ( 7D Bergen - Kirkenes or 6D Kirkenes - Bergen) 8. On board entertainment could be improved by adding more physical activities like games, birthday parties, bingo, etc. 9. Drink and food price could be lowered due to duty tax free. ( 0,75 Liter wine is minimum 50€ Per bottle ; 0,6Lbeer is 12€; Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My woman and I had an excellent cruise in summer 2017 with MS Midnatsol to Norway's fjords, so we wanted to make another cruise to see the northern lights in Norway. It was sometimes adventurous and challenging, because the weather ... Read More
My woman and I had an excellent cruise in summer 2017 with MS Midnatsol to Norway's fjords, so we wanted to make another cruise to see the northern lights in Norway. It was sometimes adventurous and challenging, because the weather was more stormy than in many years before. So the agenda of some days had again to be scheduled. My compliments to our tourist guide and the hotel manager who cooperated very well and proved to be very skilful to convince us that an alteration was reasonable. Big storm force and heavy sea are undeniable arguments. Nevertheless we experienced a fine and unforgettable journey. To see the winter landscape around the Norwegian fjords is a monumental event. We also were well-informed when northern lights appeared. It's a good feeling to make such a cruise with an always reliable and polite staff. I have no criticism concerning the ship, our outside cabin, the dining and the service. The dining was opulent, and we enjoyed to have many choices. We had as much activities as we wanted, for we had the opportunity to listen to interesting presentations. We were fully pleased by the service of the staff, for example dirty bed clothes in the cabin were immediately changed. We like to read books and prefer them for our entertainment. So we often read in the panorama room. When we needed more books we found interesting fiction books in the Trollfjord library room. I only regret that some shore excursions and shore leaves were not possible. I think this is a fine cruise for adults, but not suitable for little children and not for people who want to have a cruise trip with much entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Already the third winter trip with one of the old, small, listed ship of the Hurtigrute. The mood on the Norwegian coast is particularly romantic at this time: every day is like Christmas day. However, violent storms and hurricanes must ... Read More
Already the third winter trip with one of the old, small, listed ship of the Hurtigrute. The mood on the Norwegian coast is particularly romantic at this time: every day is like Christmas day. However, violent storms and hurricanes must be expected in winter. The MS Lofoten has no stabilizers, so the ship can have violent movement. But it is very safe! Living together on board is very familiar. The staff was always friendly and courteous even in heavy weather. Since this ship was built in 1964, the cabins are usually relatively small. Many cabins with their own bathroom with shower and toilet. The cleaning perfectly. The excellent cuisine is particularly positive. Breakfast and lunch as a self-service buffet. Dinner as a four-course menu is served at the table. The Hurtigruten shipping company offers a large number of shore excursions. A trip with the MS Lofoten is especially for people who want to take a "real" boat trip, not in a "skyscraper on water". The MS Lofoten is especially recommended for this group! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We would not have chosen to cruise Norway in the winter but we were travelling with friends who had done this cruise before and were anxious to do it again. The experience was amazing. You would be disappointed if you were expecting the ... Read More
We would not have chosen to cruise Norway in the winter but we were travelling with friends who had done this cruise before and were anxious to do it again. The experience was amazing. You would be disappointed if you were expecting the glitz and glamour of a cruise ship. This is very much a working vessel designed to take and pick up passengers and goods along the Norwegian coast. There is very little in the way of entertainment but lots of great lectures and information about ports of call along the way. We were blessed to have Giske, one of the expedition team, who had a beautiful voice and often played the piano and sang in the lounge after dinner. Our cabin was 350 which was very comfortable and being midships quite stable in the few days that we had rough seas. Meals were delicious. The buffet breakfast and lunch had plenty of choice. Dinner was a set menu most nights and apart from the one night when everyone got vegetarian seemed to be enjoyed by all. It was interesting reading about the dishes in the menu each day. Our cruise was over Christmas and Hurtigruten did Christmas beautifully. We enjoyed learning about Norwegian traditions and trying to sing the Norwegian carols. We didn't see the Northern Lights but that didn't worry us unduly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I planned his travel with this old, but excellent Lady and her friendly and competent crew along Norway's coasts and the cities, to see the Northern Light an have fantastic meals an dinners, to meet new freinds on board. For deseased ... Read More
I planned his travel with this old, but excellent Lady and her friendly and competent crew along Norway's coasts and the cities, to see the Northern Light an have fantastic meals an dinners, to meet new freinds on board. For deseased people this ship isn't a good idea: no lifts and many stairs! The whole crew incl. the captain and the officers are friendly an help to made all my wishes becomes true - and the weather was with us too! I planned my excursion by myself, but there are enough to book on board too. Maybe they could be less expensive sometimes for passengers with less money. The dining was excellent with a wide chooce meals and allways excellent and enough. There are many ports on the long coast of Norway we landed, but by all bigger cities we have a lot of time to explore the cities by ourselfes or with booked excursions. Thank you Hurtigruten! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We took this cruise because it offered the opportunity to see the Northern Lights which we did on several occasions. Without seeing the lights, my rating would have been lower. The ship through its announcement system (press the ... Read More
We took this cruise because it offered the opportunity to see the Northern Lights which we did on several occasions. Without seeing the lights, my rating would have been lower. The ship through its announcement system (press the information button on your room phone when you want to hear the announcements) lets you know when the lights appear regardless of the time. Our cruise left a day late because of bad weather so the ship did not arrive in port until the day after we were scheduled to depart. As is only fair, the ship did put us up at a hotel and provide dinner and breakfast. Other than that, there was no additional compensation. Would have been classy to give each guest a small on board credit or even a free drink once on board. The ship is going in for a much needed refurbishment in January as while it has some amazing Art Deco details, the cabins and public areas are pretty tired. Hallway carpets are threadbare in places and the cabin carpets are very dirty. In the 10 nights we were on board the ship, our room was never vacuumed, The room itself was functional, we had an Arctic Superior cabin, but we definitely did not want to spend a great deal of time in it. There was a refrigerator and safe in the room which was handy. Glad we are not large people as we don’t know how someone of size would fit in the shower. We kept learning things that should have been explained when we first boarded like the card that is in the slot that turns on the cabin lights is also what you should insert in the door lock slot if you want your cabin serviced. We also learned that if you didn’t want the dinner meal that was being served a particular evening you could request a substitute (request by lunch that day.) The night’s menu is on the table during breakfast and lunch so you can decide if that one choice is what you want. Definitely suggest you substitute on the vegetarian night - the oat mushroom cake was like a hockey puck. We had read many positive comments about the food on the ship, but we found it more hit and miss, The roast salmon was wonderful as was the Arctic char. Fish was always super fresh and usually well prepared. The downside is that if you like your food served hot, you may want to lower your expectations, Regardless of which meal you were having, the food was always luke warm at best. Breakfast was the same every day with the exception that some days there were scrambled eggs in addition to the cold fried egg. Lunch was by far our favorite meal as there was frequently mussels on the buffet as well as different types of fish and fresh salad. If you are doing this journey in the winter definitely bring along add on cleats for your shoes. We learned that every trip someone breaks something slipping on the ice. It was true on our journey as well when someone broke an ankle. My advice would be to take a starboard cabin as the ship always docks (34 times during an 11 night journey) and people, goods and cars join the ship from the port side. While regardless of the side, you frequently feel the ship docking, the noise is much less on the starboard side. As others have said there is no entertainment on board, but we knew that going in. There were several lectures that were good as well as the daily review at 5pm many nights. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to do the Classic Northern Lights cruise - no dressing up for dinner or Captain's table rubbish for us! This was perfect - we took a few excursions - a local brewery, the Russian border, and a vintage tramride - but ... Read More
We wanted to do the Classic Northern Lights cruise - no dressing up for dinner or Captain's table rubbish for us! This was perfect - we took a few excursions - a local brewery, the Russian border, and a vintage tramride - but otherwise we were mooching around little Norweigan ports with all their Xmas lights, chatting to people, and sleeping during the day when it got dark. We had a fab time and even saw the Aurora a few times coming back southbound. The food was excellent - I'm vegan and they did lots of delicious choices for me - with massive buffets for breakfast and lunch and a sitdown 3-course dinner. We had no problem finding seats tho I can imagine this may not apply in high season, and we didn't mind where we sat. The mix of nationalities was good and we enjoyed meeting a range of people from different backgrounds. Entertaiment is thankfully not of the cabaret/singer type - the Expedition crew give interesting talks on various aspects of Norway's culture/history and there are daily leaflets of ports being visited, expeditions, and points of interest to view from the deck. And yes, Norway is expensive but we'd paid for the cruise several months before, so decided to do whatever we what we wanted. Beers were approx £12 a pint, spirits approx £8 - we had coffee etc in our cabin and could also get free coffee in the little cafe. The shop has some reasonably priced Tshirts and small gifts. Bring your own lanyard for your cabin swipecard, and definitely bring warm jumpers, insulated and waterproof outside layers anc boots. Spikes/studs are needed for some of the icy paths etc in ports but we generally found the decks OK. The boat itself is pretty warm and lovely - friendly and helpful crew and staff Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I was in Norway to see the Northern lights and after 4 days in Svalbard I flew to Tromso for 3 nights and then was on the Trollfjord overnight to Honningsvag. I was sleeping in the lounge as it was only a short journey and the main reason ... Read More
I was in Norway to see the Northern lights and after 4 days in Svalbard I flew to Tromso for 3 nights and then was on the Trollfjord overnight to Honningsvag. I was sleeping in the lounge as it was only a short journey and the main reason for my visit was to see the Northern lights. We set off from Tromso and after sometime became embroiled in a storm with high winds and snow. I had settled myself in the forward lounge on deck 8 as it had a long sofa and was quite dark, ideal for sleeping on. It was still stormy the next day, we were due in Honningsvag at 11.15. I had my own food and, more importantly, a water heater so I could make tea, coffee soup etc. They wanted nearly £3 for hot water in the bar, cold water was free. A croissant was about £6, a filled roll £6, breakfast £20, tea, coffee £4!! Thank goodness I had food with me!! Im diabetic so always keep some food with me. We were over 2 hours late arriving in Honningsvag, the Captain tried to dock twice but due to high winds couldn't so we sat out the storm and finally docked about 6pm. I was due to stay there overnight in a hostel, £50 then catch the next ship, Kong Harald, the next day to Kirkenes. The Captain announced that we would be returning to Tromso as the weather was too bad to continue. They said they couldn't guarantee that a ship would leave the next day to Kirkenes and I was due to go straight to the airport from there to fly back to London. They said I could stay on the ship back to Tromso and the reception helped me book a flight from Tromso to London. We made a quick stop in Hammerfest to drop people off who would fly to Kirkenes where they were due to stay for some days. I managed to find a shop and buy bread rolls and ham as I was running short. When we arrived back in Tromso I was allowed to stay on board until I was ready to go to the airport. They even gave me lunch in the restaurant the last day. Having been in the same clothes for 3 days, I found a disabled toilet and could wash and change my clothes before leaving for the airport. Needless to say, the flight was delayed an hour but I eventually arrived back in Gatwick just before midnight!! I have had to rate cabins etc with the lowest mark as I didn't use them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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