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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
I really liked the character of the ship, the art work and the layout. I enjoyed the hot tubs so much and the upper decks. The cabin was nice, the only downsides I could call out are. * The air from the ceiling was strong, it blew down ... Read More
I really liked the character of the ship, the art work and the layout. I enjoyed the hot tubs so much and the upper decks. The cabin was nice, the only downsides I could call out are. * The air from the ceiling was strong, it blew down on the bed quite a lot. * There wasn't any evening entertainment in the lounges, no piano playing or quiz or anything, it would have been nice to have a couple of hours of entertainment some of the nights * The staff were setting up tables for lunch at breakfast hours, kicking guests off tables and making them move so they could set up for lunch which didn't start for 2 hours, incredibly rude and frustrating. Being told to find a new table mid-meal is shocking customer service. Besides that the ship, the views and the service and food was all very good. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I have just returned from the round trip on Finnmarken. Hurtigruten provides an excellent voyage and some stunning scenery. Much has been said about the trips so I will not add to the many reviews. BUT, Hurtigruten and probably other ... Read More
I have just returned from the round trip on Finnmarken. Hurtigruten provides an excellent voyage and some stunning scenery. Much has been said about the trips so I will not add to the many reviews. BUT, Hurtigruten and probably other cruise lines MUST deal with the problem of mobile phone usage. WE witnessed people taking calls on speakerphone and coupled with their loud voices this was a massive distraction. It is time to have quiet areas so that those who are thoughtless and rude do not spoil the trip for others. We witnessed arguments almost every day with people saying don’t talk on your phone. Trips -very varied and interesting. Well organised. Food -buffet -pretty good and a very wide range Restaurant on flloor 7 -VERY good. For this on board the upgrade cost is only NOK290 Hurtigruten - you do a great job but please address the matter of the phone nuisance Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
I wanted to cruise the Norwegian coast and Hurtigruten provides a very safe experience. We were told if the weather is really bad, they ships wait it out until it's safe to proceed which is nice to hear after the Viking disaster. ... Read More
I wanted to cruise the Norwegian coast and Hurtigruten provides a very safe experience. We were told if the weather is really bad, they ships wait it out until it's safe to proceed which is nice to hear after the Viking disaster. The cabins are small but adequate. I travelled with a friend but we chose to have separate cabins. 12 days together in one small cabin would have been difficult. The pace of the cruise was perfect and there were plenty of opportunities to get off the ship to explore even when the stops were short. I wouldn't recommend this cruise with children and I wouldn't recommend it to younger people. There is no entertainment on board although the scenery is compelling. We found a game of Rummy on board and we played it a lot. I became an expert. The food is great and there is plenty of it. Great choices and the food is very fresh and healthy. I didn't bother to purchase internet. About half the places had wi fi available, but it became more limited the further north you go. Sit outside any hotel and you can usually pick up their wi fi. Read the reviews before you purchase excursions. They are expensive but some are worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
To see the Northern Lights was on our bucket list. We were not disappointed! On our third night, we received notification that the lights were visible. We threw on the warm clothing and rushed outside, only to be greeted by Nature's ... Read More
To see the Northern Lights was on our bucket list. We were not disappointed! On our third night, we received notification that the lights were visible. We threw on the warm clothing and rushed outside, only to be greeted by Nature's miracle. As we sailed up the coast of Norway, we were treated to this phenomenon every night! We were also treated to many marvelous fjords along Norway's coast. This cruise is definitely not for those who are looking for the amenities offered by the large cruise lines; entertainment, pool, cuisine, etc. But don't get me wrong, the smaller ship and friendly staff of the Finnmarken were in fact superior than some of the other many cruises we have been on. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us. We would definitely recommend the Hurtigruten round trip Bergen to Bergen trip to anyone! Thank you Hurtigruten, for the fabulous memory! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This Cruise has been on our "Bucket List" for the past ten years. Earlier this month we eventually boarded the Hurtigruten, Finnmarken and was pleasantly surprised. Being under the impression that this is a ... Read More
This Cruise has been on our "Bucket List" for the past ten years. Earlier this month we eventually boarded the Hurtigruten, Finnmarken and was pleasantly surprised. Being under the impression that this is a "working" ship, we found the amenities being similar and equal to that of other "Commercial/Passenger Liners. Calling at most of the small towns on the Coast Line, makes this a wonderful experience, however the "time spent" at some of there ports do not allow Passengers to get off. The food and selection thereof was great as well as the "Norwegian 3 Course Dinners". The Dog Sledding and Snow Mobile Excursions is a must, as this was a thrilling experience. If your budget allows it, book a Cabin with a balcony, as we could view the "Northern Lights" from our balcony as appose to going to the outside decks. The only letdown is the fact that you have to pay for coffee and tea, which other Passenger Lines offers this free. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first experience of a cruise proper (we had previously sailed to New York on the Queen Mary II). We went principally as a way, we hoped, of seeing the Northern Lights. We were most unfortunate in that the weather was not ... Read More
This was our first experience of a cruise proper (we had previously sailed to New York on the Queen Mary II). We went principally as a way, we hoped, of seeing the Northern Lights. We were most unfortunate in that the weather was not very good - rain and low cloud plus strong winds. However, we did see the Northern Lights on three occasions although they were a little weaker than expected. Overall, the ship seemed to us to be comfortable, well appointed and the food excellent. Our cabin (an Arctic Superior) was small but had everything one might need (although more hooks for outer wear would have been useful), a fridge and a TV (although the only English language programs were two news channels). The staff were friendly and helpful. A member of the 'Expedition Team' - Magnus - gave excellent talks each day on relevant subjects such as attempts to reach the North Pole, the Sami, Norwegian life etc. There was a film-show most evenings of slightly variable interest. By our standards, everything in Norway is expensive and things on the ship more so. The shore excursions were of variable quality and value for money. The Trondheim City Walk - was quite long but interesting. Kayaking on the River Nid - was fun in its way but little was said about the city itself and one missed out a bit as a result. Personally, I should have preferred kayaking in a remoter area. Polar History Walk - good, but quite short and most of the places visited could have been visited independently at much less cost. Cross-country Skiing - very good (and quite tiring). The North Cape - good although personally should have liked longer at the cape. The Northernmost Town in the World - (it isn't, Longyearbyen is) not really worth the money. The museum was within walking distance of the ship (and there wasn't enough time to see it properly) and the other sights were not that impressive. Into the Ice - Stories of a Polar Hero - again, not really worth the money. A gentle walk up a snowy hill with views as above from the top. A snack in a tent at the bottom and a talk that covered the same ground as a previous lecture on board. Lofoten by Horse - cancelled because bad weather meant that we could not be picked up from the next port. Would have taken place in the dark anyway, so not sure that we missed very much. Visit to an Authentic Fishing Village - excellent. Very interesting excursion led by a local retired schoolmaster who knew his stuff and put it over in an entertaining way. The MS Finnmarken is a combination of a cargo/post ship and a cruise ship. This means that she sails to a timetable, calls at a great many ports (33 on the way North and the same number on the way South) and stops at some for a very short time (15 mins at some) so it is not always possible to go ashore. Finally, not all the ports are particularly attractive (although their surrounding are). Norway was knocked about rather a lot during the war and most buildings are quite new. Don't be put off, though. It's a trip worth doing. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I travelled to see the Northern Lights. In the 12 days aboard the ship our room was never vacuumed, the bed’s were made once and the sheets on the bed never changed. The food was always lukewarm to cold. Food leftovers from the ... Read More
I travelled to see the Northern Lights. In the 12 days aboard the ship our room was never vacuumed, the bed’s were made once and the sheets on the bed never changed. The food was always lukewarm to cold. Food leftovers from the previous night were put out for lunch next day and reheated. No water was available at breakfast. No coffee or tea was available for dinner. One slice of bread was made available for dinner and it was stale. Dinner meals lacked vegetables. Tea and coffee should have been complimentary all day and not purchased outside of breakfast and lunch. WiFi had to be purchased,should have been complimentary. These packages were outrageously expensive. Excursions were very expensive. The cruise lacked entertainment on board at night. There were 2 screens a dance floor, piano and none of these were utilised. The ship did not have any happy hours to boost their wine sales or engage passengers. Very disappointed with Hurtigruten! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The snow was amazing and the views from the ship really spectacular, even at 3 in the morning! We would like to do a cruise again maybe in the springtime to see the difference a warmer climate can bring. We also enjoyed the lectures and learned a lot about Norway and the people. The food on board was excellent and a complete change from what you usually get on a cruise. Perhaps a cooking demonstration could be organised in the summer or springtime when the seas are calmer! A quizzes are also a way to get people together too, especially those travelling on their own. We both enjoyed the cruise immensely and as it was our first ever cruise to a colder climate we were a little apprehensive. We need not have worried, everything was taken care of with efficiency and humour. Thankyou all for a wonderful birthday cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little ... Read More
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little tired looking and not a luxury cruise liner, was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. I shared a outside basic cabin with my Mother and although we had portholes instead of windows, we coped fine. The cabin did have a bar fridge, but we didn't use it. The food was abundant, fresh, and well stocked with local delicacies. For those of us not familiar with the offerings or with food intolerances/ allergies, dishes were reasonably well labelled. Each night dinner showcased food from the local area. If you weren't keen on eating cod tongues or Rudolph the Reindeer, you could request an alternative (usually fish or beef). Excursions were plentiful and while expensive (it's Norway and everything is expensive) were well paced with abundant information from local guides and bus drivers. If the excursions didn't appeal then there were the options of taking yourself for a walk through the towns you dock at, or just sitting in the lounge and watching the ship be loaded and unloaded. Daily review talks by the expedition team, as well as a few activities such as a ceremony when crossing the arctic circle and guided hikes, provided pretty much all of the ship's entertainment. There were no cabarets or night shows. While the weather was bad for the majority of our trip, cloudy skies and at times rough seas (when in the open water), you soon got used to the ships motion. When the Northern Lights made their appearances - announcements were made so you could go out on deck and admire the spectacle. This was the cherry on the very top of the experience and not seeing them would still have meant a fantastic trip. As a once in a lifetime trip, the Arctic and the Northern Lights cruise didn't disappoint and I'd recommend this trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Saw the most amazing aurora, it was visible on 6 of the 7 possible nights. Great food on board with a nice selection and a very nice sized cabin. All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Although some of the stops were ... Read More
Saw the most amazing aurora, it was visible on 6 of the 7 possible nights. Great food on board with a nice selection and a very nice sized cabin. All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Although some of the stops were very short it provided a great opportunity to see Norway and sailing so close to land all the time the journey was very smooth most of the time. Would definitely go again, I didn't go any of the excursions so can't comment on them. When an aurora was visible an announcement was made, and at times the ship slowed down and the lights were turned off where it was visible so we had a great opportunity to see it. Being out at sea you are treated to very dark skies so its a perfect viewing location for the aurora and night sky. I went to see the aurora and I was not disappointed. Read Less
Finnmarken Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 2.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 3.0 0.0
Value For Money 2.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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