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4 Hurtigruten Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

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
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
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