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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
The MS Lofoten is definitely not your normal cruise ship and very much all the better for it in my view. It is probably the only ship on the seas running year round for those who would not want to be on or seen on a cruise ship and is ... Read More
The MS Lofoten is definitely not your normal cruise ship and very much all the better for it in my view. It is probably the only ship on the seas running year round for those who would not want to be on or seen on a cruise ship and is probably unsuitable for those who want all the conveniences on a modern cruise liner. It cannot carry passengers with mobility issues as there no lifts and a rudimentary metal loading ramp at each port to get on/off the ship. There are no fitness centres, jacuzzis, pools etc The cabins reflect a bygone era so are basic and small but they are perfectly suitable for this voyage where you really are there to spend as much time as possible on deck viewing the scenery. Showers and toilets are generally shared facilities so you must be happy to accept that and wander the corridors in towels or nightgowns. in the lounges at night you will find the day travellers, mainly locals, travelling between centres, sleeping on the couches. This is a true working ship serving a function for the locals as well as tourists on a trip. The ship does not have stabilisers due to its age and it is small, around 2,650 tonnes, so on the open sea crossings it moves a lot in both roll and pitch so if you are prone to seasickness it is likely these parts of the voyage will see you in your cabin unwell. For those without such problems it is all part of the experience of being on such a wonderful old ship. The chairs in the lounges and dining area are chained down to ensure they do not send you flying. The brass and wood panelling echo the classic nature of this ship. The low number of cabin passengers means everyone gets to know one another within a day or so and with the intimate lounges and bar there is a wonderful atmosphere. The crew is also small and get to know everyone and their likes and dislikes. They absolutely love the ship and that is very apparent in their attitude. This ship does not carry cars unlike the other Hurtigruten ships and cargo is loaded by a ship to shore crane from a hold at the front. I doubt there is another regular passenger ship in Europe that still operates this way. Finally, you will find numerous passengers are repeat customers who will only sail on this ship in the fleet and who have been on it tens of time. You are likely to get hooked in it as well. BEWARE. Due to its lack of disability facilities it will not run on this route after 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Everything was perfect... The staff was really nice, the food is so good (eat king crab !), the trip (south to north) was perfect and so beautiful (even if there was lot of cloud and didn’t see northern light..), they keep some tradition ... Read More
Everything was perfect... The staff was really nice, the food is so good (eat king crab !), the trip (south to north) was perfect and so beautiful (even if there was lot of cloud and didn’t see northern light..), they keep some tradition and this is so important and so nice. The excursions was perfect with a good organisation. I did the nordkapp and sled dog at kirkenes. It was so funny and perfect ! The ship is a beautiful and authentic old boat. He is small so this is more friendly. Be careful if you have seasick ! My cabine was a little one but just perfect for one person. Every day we can choose if we want clean up or not. For this room, I share toilet and bathroom but it was always clean. Not a problem. One word for the staff, especially for bar and kitchen staff : thank you. You were so perfect and so nice. Takk for your smile !!! Thank you very much MS Lofoten ! Never forget this trip ! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We went to enjoy a voyage on the grand old lady (MS Lofoten) of the Hurtigruten again. The combination of the ship, crew, food, fellow passengers, weather, scenery, excursions, and overall ambience would have been great even without five ... Read More
We went to enjoy a voyage on the grand old lady (MS Lofoten) of the Hurtigruten again. The combination of the ship, crew, food, fellow passengers, weather, scenery, excursions, and overall ambience would have been great even without five mind-wowing nights with Northern Lights displays. The breakfast and lunch buffets were both full of different varieties of fish - at least seven different varieties of fish at virtually every meal! There were also some very interesting vegetarian options, which I ate out of preference rather than conviction. Even without going on any excursions, one could have a fascinating time. The constantly changing scenery kept ones interest. And in the many ports of call, there was always something of interest in the deck cargo. I loved the Salky (racing chariot) which was carried for about a day, only to be replaced by a speedboat. And the fellow passengers were great! But the icing on the cake came with some of the excursions. Riding on the seashore, in the dark except for the northern lights playing above, with only the sound of the waves and the horses in the snow, was absolutely magical. Just one of many fantastic excursions. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I went on this cruise to see the Norwegian fjords. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. The old small ship was beautiful and the tour route, staff, food and comfort were all first class. I made friends from all over the world ... Read More
I went on this cruise to see the Norwegian fjords. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. The old small ship was beautiful and the tour route, staff, food and comfort were all first class. I made friends from all over the world but there was also plenty of time to be on your own if that was wanted. It was exceptionally well organised and I didn’t have a single grumble. The food was out of this world and beautifully served. In the evening it was a set menu but buffet for breakfast and lunch. In particular I enjoyed the fresh fish and the delicious desserts. Although my cabin was small it had everything I needed and was cosy. The boat was so clean even though it was very old and great care and attention was made of this. The route taken was perfect and every day was a completely new experience. Can’t wait to do it again! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I am Norwegian by birth but 50 year US citizen (Seattle), educated in Norway and Denmark as Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. For years I have cruised in my own boats the entire Northwest Passage (Seattle to Sitka). Only two additional ... Read More
I am Norwegian by birth but 50 year US citizen (Seattle), educated in Norway and Denmark as Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. For years I have cruised in my own boats the entire Northwest Passage (Seattle to Sitka). Only two additional such long and naturally protected passages from the ocean swell excist on earth: the Norwegian Coast and Patagonia (Chile). The nature, weather and the people living there are very different between them. Next I wanted to see the Norwegian Coast. Hurtigruten's Classic Voyage looked to be perfect. They serve this Voyage with 11 ships, one each day for the 11 day round trip from Bergen (Norway) to Kirkenes (near the border to Russia) back to Bergen. It is the continuation of the 130 year old Norwegian Royal Mail route, now docking at 34 towns and communities with mail, cargo and passengers each way. Being passenger onboard you become aware of being part of and intimately witnessing the daily life along this incredible coastline. My ship, M/S Lofoten, is the old lady of the fleet and a real ship in my mind (we are of the same vintage, if you will). She is small, ship-like and filled with old fashion marine qualities and charm. Her Captain Eivind Sande, his officers and crew were skilled in making me feel at ease, at home and become part of their ship as the spectacular nature presented itself very close-by on the outside. Visually it is an intense and changing experience at the same time as it is peaceful and calming. All 11 Hurtigruten ships offer the same large variety of optional excursions, but if the excursions are the main attraction for you, the larger vessels (about 500 beds versus Lofoten's 151) might be a better choice. For us, some excursions were cancelled for lack of participants, but most were completed and all of those were excellent. I had high hope and expectations for this cruise, and as it unfolded my "M/S Lofoten experience" surpassed it all. A fantastic ship and ship experience in a spectacular nature very near by. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We have done the trip from Bergen to Kirkeness and back 4 times now, both in Summer and Winter months. Each trip is different....each trip is incredible. This time we chose to sail on Hurtigruten's oldest Ship, Lofoten, built in ... Read More
We have done the trip from Bergen to Kirkeness and back 4 times now, both in Summer and Winter months. Each trip is different....each trip is incredible. This time we chose to sail on Hurtigruten's oldest Ship, Lofoten, built in 1964 and still using the original engine (which sings you to sleep every night). A small ship by modern standards, it's 1960s decore holds a great amount of charm...memories of less complicated days perhaps. The crew worked extremely well together, making sure all our needs were met and that we felt valued as guests. Every inch of the ship is immaculately clean, every crew member is helpful and polite. This is an old fashioned ship with old fashioned standards of service (some would say - but this is what we have come to expect from Hurtigruten). Not a Cruise Ship, this is a working boat....so not for those who want onboard casinos and nightly entertainment. But for those who wish to see the wonders of the Norwegian land and seascapes.... do take earplugs if you require silence at night (as I said before - the engine sings to you) and enjoy a voyage to remember. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Friends who had done this Norwegian Coastal Voyages trip told me about it. I don't go on cruises but I liked the idea of going on a working ship without the usual on board entertainment. I chose the Lofoten because it was a small ship ... Read More
Friends who had done this Norwegian Coastal Voyages trip told me about it. I don't go on cruises but I liked the idea of going on a working ship without the usual on board entertainment. I chose the Lofoten because it was a small ship and it sounded like it had character, though I was a bit worried about the lack of stabilisers. The Norwegian scenery was wonderful, helped by the unusual good weather we had. The Lofoten itself totally lived up to my expectations. I loved the décor, and the friendly informal atmosphere on board. I had a Polar Outside cabin and paid a single supplement, The cabin was small but it was OK. The cabin is basically just for sleeping in after all. If all you want to do is sit somewhere there are plenty of places on board ship. There was no onboard entertainment, which for me was part of the attraction. But that won't suit everybody. The food was excellent. There was obviously a lot of fish but it was wonderful. Breakfast and lunch were buffet, and at dinner there was a set menu. The staff in the restaurant were friendly and helpful, and added to the atmosphere. The excursions are expensive, well Norway is expensive, but I enjoyed the ones I did. Feedback from other passengers on trips I didn't do was also very positive. There were a couple of occasions when the ship was rolling from side to side. I was OK but one or two passengers were seasick. Anyone prone to travel sickness should take seasickness medicine with them. I would like to do the trip again, but at a different time of year. If I manage that then I will definitely choose the Lofoten again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Hurtigruten are upfront and honest that MS Lofoten is not a luxury liner. She's an old, working cargo ship, but that was definitely part of the charm. This was my first cruise and it certainly met all my expectations. I took the ... Read More
Hurtigruten are upfront and honest that MS Lofoten is not a luxury liner. She's an old, working cargo ship, but that was definitely part of the charm. This was my first cruise and it certainly met all my expectations. I took the five night North to South fjord cruise, embarking at Kirkenes. Hurtigruten organised all the transfers I needed and all were done smoothly and at what turned out to be pretty reasonable prices (you're in Norway though and nothing is cheap). Embarkation was easy - checked in, on board charge card sorted and off to the cabin pretty quickly. Cabin - I had a basic outside single one. There is very little storage space, but you don't have any fancy frocks to hang up, so that wasn't an issue. Whilst it was tiny, it was only for sleeping in and was very clean, with a comfortable bed. Dining - You would have to be a very fussy eater to not find plenty of food to enjoy. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with free seating. Unsurprisingly, fish features at both meal times and it was all excellent. Dinner is in two sittings with an assigned table. The menu is a set menu, but you only have to let the restaurant staff know of any dietary requirements and everything is taken care of for you. Alcohol is expensive, but no more so than on land. I bought one bottle of wine and it lasted me all five nights, being stored in the galley for me. Excursions - I only did one trip organised by Hurtigruten - breakfast at the North Cape. It was excellent, and considering the food we had and the distance we travelled to meet up with the ship, probably decent value. Other people seemed happy with the trips they did. I'm not aware of any entertainment, but then that's part of the charm of MS Lofoten. All the crew I met were great too. Obvious pride in working on MS Lofoten, friendly but not intrusive. The standard of cleanliness is high, with all passengers returning from shore being given a handful of sanitising gel as you step back onto the ship. This ship has no facilities for children so would probably be unsuitable for any who don't also want to enjoy the views and relax. If you like a ship with lots to do, it'll be unsuitable for you as well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I choose to sail with the Hurtigruten MS Lofoten. I want the experience of a small ship with not so many people on board. And since I heard about the Hurtigruten(20 years ago), I am saving to book it. The meals where excellent. ... Read More
I choose to sail with the Hurtigruten MS Lofoten. I want the experience of a small ship with not so many people on board. And since I heard about the Hurtigruten(20 years ago), I am saving to book it. The meals where excellent. Eating the food from the coast of Norway were we were sailing. A lot of fish, what every time was lovely. But for the ones who doesn't like fish, enough other products. Breakfast and lunch was buffet, warm and cold food. The diner had a 4 meals course. I have a food allergy. That was not an problem. By every food on the buffet stood allergy information. And if I want I could ask for some plain food with the buffet. Never needed to. More than enough to eat. By the diner I get sometimes other dishes. The service was very friendly. Always trying to help you with questions or problems. I have seen a lot of ports, sometimes for a few hours, sometimes just 10 minutes. But for me was that not an problem, I have to go back to this lovely citys. I really want to see the northern light. If I choose to book it, I will use the hurtigruten again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
A rave review by a close friend about the old world charm and the limited number of passengers on board the MS Lofoten (built in 1964) persuaded us to choose this ship for our Norwegian cruise. Bergen, the charming coastal town with its ... Read More
A rave review by a close friend about the old world charm and the limited number of passengers on board the MS Lofoten (built in 1964) persuaded us to choose this ship for our Norwegian cruise. Bergen, the charming coastal town with its colourful higgledy piggeldy wooden buildings is the departure point and is worth the visit on its own, so make sure you allow a couple of days before or after your cruise to have time to explore it. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. If you are expecting/wanting luxury and entertainment then this is not the ship for you. This is a coastal passenger and cargo ferry not a cruise ship. Nor is it suitable for those with disabilities as this ship has no lifts. Due to the age of the vessel the cabins are small and basic with many having shared facilities. We upgraded to one of the 4 cabins on the saloon deck which had a small en suite and 2 large windows. The cabins on the lower decks were smaller and could be more affected by engine noise. As most of our time was spent out on deck (the upper deck areas were sheltered by clear screens from the cold wind) or in one of the comfortable lounges, the cabin size wasn't an issue. With only 150 passengers on board we never felt crowded and were able to get to know our fellow travelers. Watching the stunning scenery (the ship is always close to shore), reading, talking, playing cards and the occasional talk given by the tour leader comprised most of the on board entertainment. The crossing the Artic Circle ceremonies were a lot of fun and the demonstration by the Chef on several different ways to prepare raw salmon was both interesting and tasty! Every day there was the opportunity to go ashore for either self guided walks or for (very expensive) excursions. The excursions vary depending on the time of year eg we were able to visit the incredible Snow Hotel in Kirkenes which is only open for a few months of the year. Others did the husky sledding and the snow shoeing excursoons. Opportunities for shore visits seemed better on the northbound leg than on the southbound leg so If you are planning to do only one way I would suggest going from Bergen to Kirkenes. Do expect to put on weight while on board. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with dinner being a set menu. If you like seafood you will be in heaven. If not there is still a wide variety of food to choose from. Sadly all alcohol was very expensive with the cheapest bottle of wine costing approximately A$80 per bottle ie beyond our budget. I am sure our livers were glad of the rest! It is worth buying the coffee and tea and wifi "package" beforehand. I don't think children would find enough to do on this ship. Most of the passengers were in the 55-75 age bracke though I think that younger adults would really enjoy it too. This ship doesn't have stabilisers and there are a few sections where we were in open water for a couple of hours. The information about the ship on the website did let us know this and as we are prone to sea sickness we came prepared with medication. The Daily program let us know when we were about to cross open water giving us plenty of warning to take the tablets beforehand so we had no problems. We would love to go again! Read Less
Lofoten Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 2.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 1.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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