Nordkapp Cruise Review by artheareed
We have cruised on small luxury liners and large. This cruise was so much more. Every minute of the cruise offered spectacular scenery along the west coast of Norway between the barrier islands and the mainland. The ship stops in the towns and villages from Bergen to beyond the Artic Circle. Hurtigruten is the ferry line that has brought passengers, mail, and cargo up this coast since the 19th century. Today, they are still a ferry line, but about 80% of their revenue is cruise passengers. This trip is not for people who want a party ship, it is for travelers who want to see spectacular scenery, visit charming villages, take hikes with members of the knowledgeable and entertaining exploration team, learn the history and culture of the rugged Norwegian people, see the engineering accomplishments of modern Norway, enjoy local food, see the Nothern lights (we saw them 4 times on our voyage), meet people from around the globe, and actively participate in the experiene.
The ship is not fancy, but has recently been refurbished and was very comfortable for a cruise in Northern waters. There are lots of thoughtful choices like comfortable seating next to large windows and heaters and glass covering on parts of the exterior decks. The lectures and activities were fun and informative and always delivered in three languages: Norwegian, German, and English. One of our few criticism is too many public announcements that went on forever as they were delivered in three languages. Most cabins are very small. We elected a larger (twice the size) mini suite with two large picture windows and a comfortable seating area. Bathrooms are small, but few people spend much time I. Their staterooms, the rest of the ship is made for lounging, viewing, and socializing.
If you love nature, beauty, and a bit of adventure (although you could just find a comfortable chair by the window and take in the view, then this cruise is for you!
PS -- None of the categories below fit this cruise. I'd call it a "cruise of beauty and exploration."
artheareed’s Full Rating Summary
Our cabin was large, had good views from two large windows, a nice seating area, a comfortable king bed, and lots of room for storage. More than adequate for our needs. The bathroom is small, but also adequate. If you want a larger space, book early. There is a limited number of mini-suites and suites available. But, then, on this journey "who wants to spend time in the cabin?"
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