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Trollfjord Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Coastal Express

Review for Trollfjord to the Baltic Sea
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First Time Cruiser • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Jun 2008

We just completed the 7 day north bound trip up the coast of Norway on the Trollford (June 11, 2007 departure). It was a beautiful voyage. The weather was as good as it could be. Mostly partly cloudy with some scattered showers. Nothing that interfered with any of our port stops or shore excursions. All in all it was a great voyage with spectacular views. I would highly recommend it although I wouldn't recommend doing the full up and back. Mainly because it can get boring. There is no other entertainment than the scenery and various port stops. After a while it becomes redundant. Although I have to admit that the scenery does change as you go north and it is very interesting. And the port stops can be interesting if for no other reason than to take a 15 minute walk ashore. We found that having a good book to read is a must. Here are some of our observations of the ship and Hurtigruten.

Reservations -- Dealing directly with Hurtigruten on the phone worked fine for us. There seems to be a loss of information by the reservation agents and what really happens on the cruise. We wanted the early seating for dinner, 6 pm. When we requested this on the phone we were told that it would be done at check in at the dock. Wrong. Early seating can be done on the phone and when we showed up at the dock we had been pre-assigned late seating which we then had to change onboard. Also when we first inquired about pre-paying for shore excursions we were told that we would do that on board. Wrong. Although you can do it on board, and everyone seemed to get what they wanted, you can do it over the phone before departure. It was only after we pressed the issue on the phone did the agent go seek out the right information.

Embarkation -- I would recommend that you get to Bergen a day early. The ship doesn't allow boarding until after 4 pm so you have plenty of time to walk the town. It is worth walking it for a day. Check in was efficient and our luggage met us in our room. In our case we had Hurtigruten book our hotel for one night in Bergen, the Radisson SAS is the one they used, and the hotel sent our luggage to the ship where it met us in our room.

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