NEVER AGAIN ....: Richard With Cruise Review by Patricia Hodge
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NEVER AGAIN ....
Our voyage started well, we had booked half board which includes a breakfast buffet and evening meal..The buffet was O.K. but the evening meal was a 3 course set menu with vegetarian option, and some of the worst food I have ever been served. We were once more expected to use hand-gel on entering the dining room. These precautions did not stop us from both being ill and More eventually we stopped eating on board & bought food ashore. As The Richard With is a working ship we were due a 24 hour stopover in Alesund from Christmas Eve to Christmas Night to allow crew a festive break. By Christmas Night the weather had turned to a hurricane, which we obviously couldn't sail in so we remained in port a further 18 hours until it was calm enough to proceed. To make up time we then skipped a number of stops including Trondheim and arrived in a small port called Harstad. After leaving here we turned around & limped back as an engine had broken. we then spent a further day & half waiting for a spare part to be flown from Denmark. By now it was quite obvious we were not going to complete the voyage. We got as far as Tromso where we were put up in a hotel & flown home very early the next day. No North Cape (trip refunded) no Northern Lights! We visited only 7 out of 34 stops! Hurtigruten refunded only the equivalent of 2 days cruise.
What they DON'T tell you is that the coast is often cloudy, so if you REALLY want to see the NORTHERN LIGHTS book a long weekend to Tromso & go on a light hunting trip where you will be taken inland. We returned to Tromso 2 weeks ago & did exactly that. We had a fantastic time, saw The Lights twice and all for a lot less money! Less
If you still want to go, try not to get an outer cabin on deck 5 as this is the promenade deck & people can see in! Also they are slightly smaller.