Havila Capella Review

Great ship - lots of coastal scenery - Northern Lights

Review for Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Havila Capella
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023

Was originally booked on Polaris for January 2023 to see the Northern Lights, but ship delivery issues resulted in a rebooking on a sister ship in November 2023. We had the Lighthouse Suite which is the best cabin on board. This was a winter cruise so daylight hours range from about 8 hours in Bergen to 4 hours in Kirkenes.

There was at least one stop every day that had shore excursions - but winter time meant that the options were limited. The 11 day roundtrip booking has over 30+ ports each direction. Most are for 15 minutes only and de-boarding really isn't an option. Due to construction some stops required a little bit of a hike to reach the town. The smaller ports often times only had a few shops. We did find shopping malls (mega Coop) with numerous shops in some ports.

We found the ship options confusing. If you book a suite - you can eat BREAKFAST in the Fine dining room - but it is the same food as found in the regular dining room - just a more intimate setting. Lunch is not served in Fine Dining and Dinner is a 5 course menu that you must reserve. The breakfast and dinner menu in the dining room includes extra items that can be purchased for a charge or come FREE if you have purchased the HAVILA GOLD option. If you book a suite - GOLD is included in the booking. Gold include the 5 course fine dining option one time going North and once going South.

Cabin Review

Awesome cabin with two lounge chairs and a comfortable couch (not a sleeper sofa) in the living area. A table with four chairs in the dining room. Hall closet, wall mirror and butler pantry (with refrigerator drawer) in dining area. Separate bedroom with 8 foot wide floor to ceiling window and closet nook with 4 drawers, shelving, two clothes rods and a full length mirror. Bathroom had tub and separate shower and heated floor. The private deck is about 30 feet long and features a hot tub. The living room has some type of fake fireplace - however it was not functioning in our cabin as they were awaiting parts to fix it.

These ships always dock on the port side - so a cabin on starboard side faces away from the docks. Better view of coast on Starboard side if only traveling north.

Port Reviews


This was starting port for our itinerary. We spent 3 nights in town before boarding ship. Bergen is easy town to get around in. Highlights was the Ulriken cable car to tallest mountain in Bergen. Also did the Fjord cruise. Food scene is great but be prepared to have to make dinner reservations.

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