Chose Cruise as norther lights guaranteed viewing at this time of year. Whispy clouds was our view of the lights, a lot of 100% cloud cover nights, obviously nature and not fault of Hurtigruten.
The ship it self is outdated and going in for a make over, it needs it. But the public areas were clean and plenty of seating.
THe coastline of Norway is spectacular at this time of year and somewhat made up for the poor showing of the aurora.
Cabin as expected (superior arctic), heated bathroom floor was appreciated. Cabin not vacuumed or sheets changed the entire 11 nights of cruise.
EVERYTHING is expensive, "expedition" team were moody and sometimes rude apart from Sven who was a delight and always helfpul and full of information and answered any question.
The food was as most people have mentioned, Generally food was cold and boring after 11 days of the same type of menu. No choices for the evening meal, take it or leave it. Excursions were expensive but you pay it because you may not get the opportunity again to experience some things. There are not too many private options either as most port times are very short. We went on bus trips, snowmobiled, sledding and viking visit. All were good fun, expensive but worth the $$ for the unique experience in most cases.
Overall we enjoyed the trip, the scenery breathtaking.
Cabin was as expected small with bunk beds, heated bathroom floor. Was ok, we had a window but it was too dirty to see anything. Curtain mostly closed as it was the promenade deck.
As stated the cabin was not vacuumed nor sheets changed, the cabin is at the back of the ship so it shakes and shudders when stopping at ports. Hopefully this will be rectified with the make over.
It was also on port side which means you get all the noise when the ship pulls into ports at all hours of the night and day.