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We aren't cruise holidaymakers and this wasn't a traditional cruise as the ship is more like a ferry than a cruise ship, which was fine for us. We wanted to have a voyage along the Norwegian coast and get the best chance to see the Northern Lights. The ship travels via 34 different small ports and acts as a means of transport for locals and freight as well as holidaymakers which added to our interest. The stopovers are quite short compared to large cruise holidays. The ship was refurbished last year and was clean, comfortable and well equipped. For a smaller type of ship it was amazingly quiet although some may have found the bow thrusters noisy when pulling up alongside during the night. Our cabin was small but had plenty of storage space and was clean, quiet, and comfortable. Larger passengers would struggle in the shower compartment, though! 'Cheaper' cabins don't have drinks making facilities which is a bit of a disappointment for Brits who expect this everywhere. TV in the cabin was a bonus especially the webcam showing the ship's progress. Larger cabins on Deck 5 had the disadvantage of deck 5 being the promenade deck, so people could walk past the cabin windows day and night. Food was excellent. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with a selection to suit all tastes, but each day the hot dishes were different so it was never boring. Dinner was a fixed three course menu and based on local Norwegian recipes and produce with an emphasis on fish. Reindeer and local beef and lamb also featured. When I say that my only complaint was the orange juice at breakfast it says a lot! Service from everyone was friendly, very competent and professional. Drinks are extortionate (£15 for a glass of house wine, £11 for a 33cl bottle of beer), but as another passenger said 'that's done my liver some good as I've only had one drink every night'. As it's not a cruise ship there was no entertainment - thank goodness - but the Expedition Team hold talks and information sessions throughout the day which are well worth going to. The onboard shop is very expensive but has some interesting items for sale. Shore excursions are once again very expensive to UK passengers and are variable in standard. They are also quite short because of the short time in port. Dog sledding was fun, but took place in the dark so we couldn't see the scenery, and was quite short. My skimobile trip was cancelled because of the weather but others who took part at other times enjoyed their trips. The 'hikes' were quite short and so expensive for what was offered but worth doing as we wouldn't have had time to research our own walks. Service in all respects was excellent. We had some difficulties contacting Hurtigruten by phone during the booking process, but everything ended up OK. Our big disappointment was not actually seeing the Northern Lights - the main reason for our trip - but this was weather related and can't be put down to Hurtigruten.

No Northern Lights but a great voyage anyway.

Richard With Cruise Review by Rossendale Rambler

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We aren't cruise holidaymakers and this wasn't a traditional cruise as the ship is more like a ferry than a cruise ship, which was fine for us. We wanted to have a voyage along the Norwegian coast and get the best chance to see the Northern Lights. The ship travels via 34 different small ports and acts as a means of transport for locals and freight as well as holidaymakers which added to our interest. The stopovers are quite short compared to large cruise holidays.

The ship was refurbished last year and was clean, comfortable and well equipped. For a smaller type of ship it was amazingly quiet although some may have found the bow thrusters noisy when pulling up alongside during the night. Our cabin was small but had plenty of storage space and was clean, quiet, and comfortable. Larger passengers would struggle in the shower compartment, though! 'Cheaper' cabins don't have drinks making facilities which is a bit of a disappointment for Brits who expect this everywhere. TV in the cabin was a bonus especially the webcam showing the ship's progress. Larger cabins on Deck 5 had the disadvantage of deck 5 being the promenade deck, so people could walk past the cabin windows day and night.

Food was excellent. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with a selection to suit all tastes, but each day the hot dishes were different so it was never boring. Dinner was a fixed three course menu and based on local Norwegian recipes and produce with an emphasis on fish. Reindeer and local beef and lamb also featured. When I say that my only complaint was the orange juice at breakfast it says a lot!

Service from everyone was friendly, very competent and professional.

Drinks are extortionate (£15 for a glass of house wine, £11 for a 33cl bottle of beer), but as another passenger said 'that's done my liver some good as I've only had one drink every night'.

As it's not a cruise ship there was no entertainment - thank goodness - but the Expedition Team hold talks and information sessions throughout the day which are well worth going to.

The onboard shop is very expensive but has some interesting items for sale.

Shore excursions are once again very expensive to UK passengers and are variable in standard. They are also quite short because of the short time in port. Dog sledding was fun, but took place in the dark so we couldn't see the scenery, and was quite short. My skimobile trip was cancelled because of the weather but others who took part at other times enjoyed their trips. The 'hikes' were quite short and so expensive for what was offered but worth doing as we wouldn't have had time to research our own walks.

Service in all respects was excellent.

We had some difficulties contacting Hurtigruten by phone during the booking process, but everything ended up OK.

Our big disappointment was not actually seeing the Northern Lights - the main reason for our trip - but this was weather related and can't be put down to Hurtigruten.
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Our cabin was small but had plenty of storage space and was clean, quiet, and comfortable. Larger passengers would struggle in the shower compartment, though! 'Cheaper' cabins like ours don't have drinks making facilities which is a bit of a disappointment for Brits who expect this everywhere. Unlimited tea and coffee was included in our package but this meant a trip from deck 3 to the cafe on 4 or bar on 7. TV in the cabin was a bonus especially the webcam showing the ship's progress. Larger cabins on Deck 5 had the disadvantage of deck 5 being the promenade deck, so people could walk past the cabin windows day and night.