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Nordkapp Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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A 'must do'

Nordkapp Cruise Review by amt1957

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: the British Isles & Western Europe

This cruise was chosen because our previous cruises to Norway with P&O had not gone as far north.

Booking direct with Hurtigruten meant that we were covered by their travel arrangements eg charter flight to Bergen from the UK and transfer to the port.

The ship is a working fast ferry that carries goods and post. However, the public areas are furnished to a high quality. The ship stops at many ports including at night mostly for a short time - 15 to 20 minutes. As the ramps for loading are on the port side it might be worth if you book for the lower decks in the hull to book the starboard side. Also, there are a number of times when the ship traverses open sea. In winter, these can be interesting. The posh cabins higher up in the ship and often more to the front being more susceptible to extreme movement. You get a nice certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle.

The cabin was good except only 2 x single beds which were fixed to the walls. One became a couch / settee in the day time. The bathroom was very good with an excellent shower and hair dryer. Body wash / shampoo and conditioner are in bottles fixed to the shower and there is a soap dispenser above the sink.. Enough wardrobe space. There is a system that allows the cabin not to be cleaned every day which creates points to a 'green' fund.

The food was the pleasant surprise. The quality was excellent especially fish.

Breakfast which were self serve included hot dishes including porridge and there was fruit juices, tea / coffee, cold cheeses and meats and fish. There was always a queue around the toaster.

Lunch was again buffet style with an amazing selection of hot & cold dishes.

The evening meal was a set three course menu showcasing Norwegian food. Four dining times - 1800, 1830, 2000 and 2030 hours. Portions were not as immense as you could have for lunch but that was no bad thing. Throughout all meals cold water was available. If you wanted water / coffee etc out of meal times you needed a package but these can be purchased beforehand NB the water in the cabins is of a very high quality and cold.

Intoxicants such as beer, wine and spirits are very expensive as they are throughout Norway. You are not allowed to bring duty free purchases on board for consumption in the public spaces.

There was no entertainment as such but there were talks from the Expedition team which were very good. They are experts in wildlife, marine ecology etc. WE only went on one expedition to the Russian border which we greatly enjoyed. One of the best films was on 'Norwegian stereotypes' eg Norway is not the capital of Sweden. Throughout the staff were tremendous. Almost all have real competence in English.

Some port stops at places like Trondheim and Tromso are long enough to allow excursions.

On the return journey, one of the two engines failed (gear box overheated) a rare occurrence which meant our voyage finished in Trondheim. However, it also meant we had a full day there. Booking through Hurtigruten then showed its benefits. A flight was arranged from Trondheim to Bergen to connect with our return charter flight at Bergen. Ship staff came to Trondheim to smooth our journey. A USB can be purchased showing the highlights of the voyage.

To sum up, this 'cruise' was totally unlike any other we'd been on previously. It is a working ship and often stops are short. The scenery was magnificent and the Expedition staff were excellent. The food was of a quality not found on normal ferries and as good as the best dedicated cruise ships. WE'd love to do it again but probably in summer just to see the contrasts with our winter journey.


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The cabin was good except only 2 x single beds which were fixed to the walls. One became a couch / settee in the day time. The bathroom was very good with an excellent shower and hair dryer. Body wash / shampoo and conditioner are in bottles fixed to the shower and there is a soap dispenser above the sink.. Enough wardrobe space. There is a system that allows the cabin not to be cleaned every day which creates points to a 'green' fund.


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