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Polarlys Review

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Norwegian Fjords - Hurtigruten

Review for Polarlys to Norwegian Fjords
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2018

We wanted a smaller vessel, with no theatres, no shows, or constant entertainment, and no dinner dress code. Booked with Hurtigruten the Bergen -Kirkenes - Bergan Trip. Hurtigruten is a working supply/postal vessel which also on some take small numbers of cars. It goes where other cruise lines cannot get to. The booking online was very easy, and you can phone them if you want to check any details, very helpful. Embarkation in Bergan was quick and easy, with our luggage being delivered to our cabin. Cabin was small, ( but expected it to be) with double bed, but had plenty of storage space, it was surprising comfortable. I was worried about the bathroom being of large frame and limited mobility, but again although small did not give me any problems, the shower, what can I say, it was wonderful, have stayed in hundreds of hotels and this shower would be in my top 10, the heat setting once set stayed constant, and the flow never faltered. Everything was very clean, you can have your room refreshed everyday if you want, (new towels, tea coffee etc, but you can also opt out of any day and Hurtigruten will make a donation to charity for each opt out, and of course the environment savings. Dining, fabulous food, expect to put on a bit of weight, hot and cold buffet breakfast and lunch, 3 course set menu at dinner. Dinner and some lunches you have a set table number, and time, breakfast open seating. There is also an al a carte restaurant where you just pay the difference if already on a full board option. The crew were outstanding, helpful, friendly, and very efficient, they made the holiday feel very special. The size of ship and number of guests meant you could get away from everyone and read a book if you want but still get to recognise fellow travelers. The expedition team give interesting and humorous lectures and informal meetings, like the arctic circle crossing, waving competition (against another ship), line dancing, all good fun. We did a number of the excursions although they seemed expensive were well worth the experience, Norway is an expensive country. Would certainly recommend the Midnight Concert at Tromso for the singing and playing of Norwegian folk songs and music (but do not expect to tour the cathedral as time is limited just to the concert) Overall we had a memorable experience, and will certainly Book again. But for anyone looking at Hurtigruten, they are an excellent company but remember this is a ferry service so will be calling at ports over night and loading unloading cargo, this is part of the experience and with everything else makes the holiday unique.

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Cabin Artic Superior

Clean well fitted cabin, with a wonderful shower. Only downside was the lack of room between the bottom of bed and wall, tight squeeze to get to window side of bed. To get over this you can climb across bed.

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