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4 Hurtigruten Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

3rd time for us and as soon as we got to the Pingvinen bar in Bergen we got onto the wifi and got down to planning the 4th one. The views are nothing less than staggering. Utterly breathtaking. No words or photos will ever do justice to ... Read More
3rd time for us and as soon as we got to the Pingvinen bar in Bergen we got onto the wifi and got down to planning the 4th one. The views are nothing less than staggering. Utterly breathtaking. No words or photos will ever do justice to the Norwegian fjords. You need to see them with your own eyes. We embarked at Svolvær for a three-night cruise south to Bergen. A quick treat for us for various reasons. My partner's in an electric wheelchair and the MS Finnmarken had a nifty device where the steps to the foot-passengers' door flattened-out into a lift. When we sailed on the MS Trollfjord in 2013 we boarded via the vehicle ramp and up a cargo lift. Although we couldn't get an accessible cabin this time we managed fine with the standard cabin. We stowed the electric wheelchair in the luggage compartment each night where it could be plugged in too to charge. In fact we upgraded when we boarded as we had originally booked an unspecified outside cabin which turned out to be on the promenade deck (5) with a restricted view (lifeboat). Didn't bother me but upgrades were available so my partner did the deed. We got 705 - another outer cabin and also much nearer the amidships lifts. If you are happy with an outer cabin on deck five please remember to close the curtains when it gets dark! I could see in in the split-second I walked by from the corner of my eye. The MS Finnmarken is a perfectly comfortable and unpretentious ship. Loads of wonderful art to look at on board and we especially enjoyed the cartoons around the two staircases. There are three lifts, two amidships and one aft and my partner got around just fine in the wheelchair. The food is amazing. Traditional Norwegian fair mixed with the usual north European goodies. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is usually a set menu although we were surprised that on our first evening dinner was also a buffet. One downside is that breakfast and lunch are really too close together - just over two hours apart. I over-ate on the first evening, wasn't hungry the following morning but ended up stuffing myself anyway. Just managed to hold back come lunch time. But not really. And it was a blessed relief when dinner turned out to be a set menu. The dinners can seem quite light after the buffets but really the portions are just right. I managed to properly pace myself the other two days. Getting rid of those calories is easy enough. There's a pretty cool gym on board. I looked but didn't touch. I don't do gyms. It was busy though. There appears to be dance classes - see below. The small swimming pool was out of action for some reason - I didn't get around to finding out why. The two outside jacuzzis were on though and I rarely saw them unoccupied. I opted for walks around the promenade deck on five interspersed with strides up and down the outside steps to deck eight. With my mobile, the complimentary wifi, and a few BBC iPlayer radio programs, and the ever changing totally stunning views, I managed nine miles on one day! I also scampered onshore whenever I could. I managed a brisk walk through hilly Molde and was treated to the privilege of visiting the beautiful MS Lofeten in Rørvik. Onboard entertainment is minimal. As Hurtigruten's blurb says, the views provide the entertainment. And they ain't wrong. There were some fun and informative talks by the onboard expedition team and I did see and hear music and dancing involving the more mature passengers. On the last day we were treated to a surprise concert with piano and two opera singers performing works by Grieg. Listening to them while watching the majestic fjords roll by was truly magical. And very relaxing. On this trip we purposely didn't do any excursions. They are expensive but the ones we've been on previously we're worth it for the memories they've created. Also expensive is the alcohol. I chose to drink very little, just two glasses of wine, but my partner likes his beer so paid the nearly £10 a pop for a large Mack. About three or four a day. Eye-watering. But that's Norway. I made use of the complimentary coffee supply for full-board passengers. The crew are great. They all speak English and only a couple of them were a bit brusque in that charmingly Scandinavian manner. Disembarkation went smoothly with ramps everywhere. One bonus of upgrading was we were among the first passengers to disembark. Busses to the centre of Bergen and the train station were available but we chose to walk/trundle to the Pingvinen bar were we planned next year's Hurtigruten holiday. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We took the Hurtigruten Nordnorge southbound from Kirkenes to Bergen for six nights from 02/19/2018 to 02/24/2018. Our goal? To see the Northern Lights. First off, the people at Hurtigruten in the U.S. were beyond helpful. We conversed ... Read More
We took the Hurtigruten Nordnorge southbound from Kirkenes to Bergen for six nights from 02/19/2018 to 02/24/2018. Our goal? To see the Northern Lights. First off, the people at Hurtigruten in the U.S. were beyond helpful. We conversed for months planning our trip and excursions. By the time we booked, we felt comfortable we had made the right decisions and knew in great detail what we were doing. Their level of detail helped us immensely. This was a GREAT trip. The size of the ship and number of passengers made it just right. It wasn't a cruise with thousands of people and that made it calm, quiet and personal. You didn't feel like you had to be in a hurry. The food was great. Lots to choose from with a morning and lunch buffet and menu-driven evening meals. With an emphasis on Norwegian style ingredients, the selection was better than a lot of other cruises we've been on. The selection of excursions was comprehensive and covered a wide range of price levels. We even did some excursions not connected to Hurtigruten and they even helped us to connect with the right people and transition between the ship on third parties. But here's the thing that made this cruise and this company BEYOND great...the people. Many of the crew were from Norway so they knew the territory. Not only had they worked for Hurtigruten for many years, but they knew what to do, where to go, and what you'd experience. There wasn't a question they couldn't answer. Peter & David - two great managers on our ship - were funny, personal, and experienced. They cared, and that came through. It made all the difference. We left feeling like they were real friends. A word about rooms...we deliberately didn't get some big cabin up high. We had a Polar Outside: Outside Cabin...No great view, but it didn't matter. Why? With easy, fast access to the outside deck just one level above, you can be upstairs in like 60 seconds (literally). The Explorer Lounge on deck 7 is really where you'll spend a lot of time with its panoramic view. Trust me...save your money on a room and spend it on excursions! Hurtigruten's attention to detail made this cruise a real experience and I've been on a lot of cruise lines. We will seriously look at Hurtigruten again for other cruises in North America, Alaska, and Central America. Worth every penny to see a beautiful part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
What an amazing journey! So different from a 'big ship' experience - you get really up-close-and-personal to the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten, visiting so many ports of call, and expertly navigating the myriad of islands and ... Read More
What an amazing journey! So different from a 'big ship' experience - you get really up-close-and-personal to the Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten, visiting so many ports of call, and expertly navigating the myriad of islands and fjords of the coast - amazingly close, almost reaching out to touch some of the cliffs or to shake the hands of locals. Could not fault the food, service and staff on board - so refreshing to see Norwegian staff, as the talk about their home country with such pride. Enjoyed learning about the Northern Lights - and Hurtigruten have their Northern Lights Promise of a free voyage if the Lights do not appear (some small print does apply) - but we were treated to an spine-tingling event on several nights. Asking the Expedition team how they rated the Lights we saw, they said "about a 6 or 7 out of 10" - so I can't wait to go back and see what a 10/10 experience would be!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I heard of this trip through a friend who had taken and recommended that I take it. I had been to Iceland a few years back and loved it. I wanted to see the Northern Lights as I didn't get to see them in Iceland. We were able to ... Read More
I heard of this trip through a friend who had taken and recommended that I take it. I had been to Iceland a few years back and loved it. I wanted to see the Northern Lights as I didn't get to see them in Iceland. We were able to experience spectacular Norwegian scenery and choose from the many excursion offered. Although there was no entertainment on board, Hurtigruten did keep us entertained with having a fisherman come on board, with his catch of the day....red crab. He explained to us where it was caught, why it was so expensive and who was the biggest supplier. Also, when we crossed the Arctic circle, Neptune the God of the Sea came aboard and baptized us. So much fun. The food was great, plated meals in the evening. All of the foods were local as they were able to get fresh food as we stopped at many of the ports along our way. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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