My wife & I had been judging in Trondheim & decided to use The Coastal Express as a means of transport rather than travel by car or train. We only did one night south to get to Bergen.The ship was brilliant, clean & full of helpful crew. Scenery spectacular fantastic experience, except the measly dinner. Portion control was in the extreme. I know things are expensive in Norway but to charge £100 to your captive audience for portions that my chihuahua would complain at is a bit steep. The bread basket could be measured by the number of crumbs in the bottom hidden by two plastic containers of butter, it was wicked to kill a reindeer & cure him & reduce him to slices so thin you could see through,cover this with a few leaves,sprinkle with rowan-berry jelly & it was difficult to find. The main course consisted of a very small home grown wedge of salmon, mounted by an even smaller piece of halibut, with a hint of gravlax as the crowning glory, TWO regulation size baked new potatoes dusted in garlic powder all on a base of julienne vegetables with basil sauce. The piece de resistance was "pudding" a small ramekin of berry juice with a tiny crown of herb cream. No coffee, no cheese even on offer at extra cost, but the jug of water was free. The flavours were good, the quality was good but the portions were positively mean. The chef I spoke with suddenly could not understand English. At the booking reception desk where we had been asked to pay in advance, it was the same. We think that the restaurant is run on the basis of the more we save the bigger our bonus. Interesting to note that in the menu the salmon should have been on the halibut but of course it is much more expensive so lets switch it around & hope no one notices.
Midnatsol cabin 472 04/05.07.2011 Very clean, for one night fine but would not like more than two nights. The space is used very well with good under-bed storage. Shower & toilet space obviously restricted but adequate. Engine noise cannot be ignored at night. Appreciated the music facility on the telephone even though it is limited & tinny.