We chose Hurtigruten's Norwegian Fjord Cruise North for our 25th wedding anniversary. We traveled as a family of 4 and researched fjord offerings fairly extensively among various cruise lines. We chose Hurtigruten because we generally are not a cruise family and do not prefer the glam and shows of most cruise lines as your are herded from one end of the vessel to the other. Hurtigruten's Expedition team voyages sounded just our speed, small ships, excellent educational sessions and nonstop fantastic views. Most of what I read online was exactly true and most reviewers provide a realistic expectation of the voyage. The "view is the thing", and I agree...it was EVERYTHING.
My favorite breathtaking moment was when we entered the Trollfjord for a 180 degree turn. Something about the silence of all the fellow passengers as we absorbed the magnificence of the moment brought me to tears. This was my absolute favorite moment on the ship. That same evening we were served Trollfjordknert (a hot tea with rum) served in souvenir cups. It was the highlight of the trip.
Also, don't miss the moment you cross the Polar Circle. At about 7:30 am my husband threw open the blinds and said, "hey...why is there a statue in the middle of the ocean?" I squealed and jumped out of bed knowing what it was. Cool moment. They had a bidding pool to see who could guess what time we would cross it. I was bummed we missed that announcement.
PROS: Expansive Balcony, large living space, stereo system and two flat screens TV's, two bathrooms. Pleasant to hang out in. Beautiful ocean breezes.
CONS: Afternoon sun can get tough with one slider not having blinds. I am not sure why all the windows don't have blinds. Stains on carpet and sofa and bathroom sink, the place is a bit beat. Ashes and butts from the balcony above.
We took a taxi to Old Town and had coffee then went to Nidaros Cathedral becasue it was close. We were so glad we did. It is extraordinary. Such a shame you cannot take photos. We paid extra to climb to the top of the Cathedral and we were rewarded with stunning views. Steep and tight climb. If you are claustrophobic is may be a no go for you.
Not much to say about Tromso, but there are other ports before this I could not talk about because Cruise Critic does not have them listed. So strange. On Hurtigruten, Bodö and Stamsund-Svolvær are lovely stops
The trip to Nordkapp was nice. Crowded, but a unique moment. The museum there was modern and informative. I loved the sculptures.