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Richard With Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Fabulous 11 day cruise with amazing scenery, Northern Lights and much more .....

Richard With Cruise Review by ChrisBrad

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe

We chose this cruise as it was an excellent way to see much of the Norwegian coast in winter. It does not have the usual entertainment of other cruise ships as the Hurtigruten ships are working ships and we found it fascinating to stop at 34 ports in each direction at all times of day and night.

The ship was refitted in late 2018 and has a modern airy feel. It could be seen as a little plain compared to some of other ships in the fleet with more opulent décor. WIFI was excellent on board. See below for my cabin review.

Breakfast and lunch were both very ample buffets with plenty for all tastes. Dinner was served at a set time with 6 different sittings and your own allocated table. This was an excellent opportunity to try all types of Norwegian cuisine and it was possible to change to a vegetarian option if you preferred. It was not possible to ask for a simpler meal. Few people seemed to be drinking wine at dinner, with the cheapest bottle at almost £50! The waiting-on staff were fantastic, many being trilingual Scandinavians in their 20s. There was no need to dress up for dinner and in fact on the occasions when the Northern Lights were likely to appear, we even wore our warm clothing to the restaurant!

The Expedition team were great! They organised talks and demonstrations on-board with plenty of variety to suit most people. The excursions, however, were extremely expensive for the time and content included. We did not join any and preferred to explore the ports we visited with the help of a map and our own research. Had they been cheaper, we would have joined in with some of them.

In short...GO if you want scenery and informative talks, peace and a relaxed pace.

DON'T GO if you want exciting shows and entertainment, lots to drink and nightlife!

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Cabin Polar outside 374

The cabin had 2 single beds (and one spare top bunk) and plenty of storage. Bathroom was small but worked well and there was enough space for people of average size. There was no kettle / tea and coffee provided (but plenty in the public rooms if you pay for the 'select' package) and no fridge or safe either. We were on the starboard side and this was probably a good idea as all disembarkation and handling of cargo occurs on the port side and can be noisy at night. We had a good-sized window looking directly out of the ship with, unlike deck 5, no walkway outside.

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