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5 Hurtigruten Midnatsol Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Norwegian Fjords

The Southbound cruise from Kirkenes to Bergen was absolutely fantastic! This was our first cruise experience and Hurtigruten ticked all the boxes. We participated in many of the excursions available on the way down the majestic west ... Read More
The Southbound cruise from Kirkenes to Bergen was absolutely fantastic! This was our first cruise experience and Hurtigruten ticked all the boxes. We participated in many of the excursions available on the way down the majestic west Norwegian coastline. The onboard Expedition Team presented engaging and informative preludes to each day’s activities and a special thanks to Asluk who was an excellent storyteller (speaking English, Norwegian and German). We would thoroughly recommend this cruise for anyone doing Cruising 101 and the more seasoned traveller. Hurtgruten have been doing these Norwegian Coastal cruises for a long time and their organisational management for all passengers was exemplary. Ongoing information by the crew as we travelled South was appreciated and the celebration when we traversed the Arctic Circle was great, albeit somewhat moving after taking the Codliver Oil. The off vessel excursions offered during the voyage were all very enjoyable, professionally managed and easily done. We joined six off vessel excursions of which the midnight concert in the Artic Cathedral was the standout. The food onboard was excellent providing large buffet breakfast and lunch and 3-course sit down dinner in the evening. A lot of great seafood, but only what you would expect and hope for in Norway. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We departed Bergen on August 23, 2018 and returned Sept. 3, 2018. My sister and I went together on this trip, and it was wonderful! The service and food were first class and the ship itself is lovely - the artwork is terrific, the lounges ... Read More
We departed Bergen on August 23, 2018 and returned Sept. 3, 2018. My sister and I went together on this trip, and it was wonderful! The service and food were first class and the ship itself is lovely - the artwork is terrific, the lounges are beautifully decorated, and the staff bent over backwards to accommodate our wishes. We had an Arctic Superior cabin on the 7th deck, which worked out fine for going up to the 8th deck for information and lectures, or down to 5 for the dining room. Other people have complained of lines for the dining room, but we had no trouble in that regard. We got off the ship often, and took several excursions. I was born in Norway, and enjoyed the chance to speak Norwegian with the staff and other travelers. We had pretty good weather and never even had to use our cold weather gear. Overall, it was a wonderful experience! I would take it again - my only complaint was that we did not see any whales or dolphins! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I must admit after reading some reviews of Hurtigruten's Midnatsol, my husband and I were apprehensive. We were on a tour with Gate 1. The embarkation process could not have gone any smoother. There were no problems. We were ... Read More
I must admit after reading some reviews of Hurtigruten's Midnatsol, my husband and I were apprehensive. We were on a tour with Gate 1. The embarkation process could not have gone any smoother. There were no problems. We were half afraid to open our cabin but to our surprise the cabin was great. We have been on Viking cruises and two Celebrity (Asmara to Antarctica, Xpedition in the Galapagos'). This cabin was very comparable to Viking. The room had spacious storage, normal size bathroom and comfy beds. I upgraded to a port-hole and we also had a TV. I had read that NO outside cabins had a TV, not true anymore. Our dining experience was very good. Breakfast and lunch(for the most part) was open seating. Not sure why lunch was on/off. The food was good, fresh, and plentiful. The fruits were wonderful especially the orange slices. I ate more bread on the cruise than I had eaten in the previous three months-wonderful. The soups at lunch were very good. The seated dinners were also tasty. The appetizers were terrific and creative. Of course being in Norway, we had fish and I am not a total fish lover. The fish that was served was arctic char, cod, halibut. They were all delicious and served with sauces and wonderful root vegetables. I just thought the food was indicative of Norway and very much what one would expect in a different culture and country. It represented it's country well. There were about 500 people on and off the boat. We loved the idea of a working boat. There was not much entertainment but honestly with the Fjords what did you want!! There were shore excursions and we only went on the one to North Cape. Gate 1 had shore excursions planned with our terrific guide Marie Lucey. The trip to North Cape was lovely and our local guide was very good. Since it is the northern most point in Europe is was must see and we were not disappointed. There was a celebration when crossing the Arctic Circle. Fun!! The staff onboard the Midnatsol was wonderful. They were very friendly, accommodating, and helpful in every situation. The dining staff was very good. Our cabin was kept clean and tidy (no help from us). The only issue I had on the ship was the laundry. Maybe I simply needed larger signs in English. It way too long to wash the clothes. Use the LG dryer-worked fastest. The Reception staff was most helpful to me when I could not get the door open to my washer. We were on the 6th Deck and never heard noise from loading or unloading cars. The trip was just wonderful. The Norway Fjords are stunning and the towns along the way each tell a story. My husband and I would do it again and with Hurtigruten and Gate 1. The disembarkation was so easy, probably because we did not 5,000 of our best friends on board. Very smoothly done. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose the Northern Lights voyage on the Midnatsol becuase we had taken the same trip two years earlier on a much smaller ship, the Vesteralen. We had had such a good time earlier that we decided to do it again. It just happened that ... Read More
We chose the Northern Lights voyage on the Midnatsol becuase we had taken the same trip two years earlier on a much smaller ship, the Vesteralen. We had had such a good time earlier that we decided to do it again. It just happened that the Midnatsol was the ship that was leaving Bergen on the day that we were able to start our trip. First, don't pay attention to all the reviewers who complain because of the lack of entertainment or activities on board. Their travel agents must have given them the wrong impression about what the Norwegian coastal voyages are all about. In fact, the very reason we took Hurtigruten is that it wasn't going to be like a lot of other cruises we had been on with casinos, lounge acts, photographers every time you turn around, and way way way too much noise and way way way too many people. We weren't disappointed at all - in fact, I enjoyed myself so much that I'm going again in March 2018 and we've already booked the same trip for January 2019. Second, our experience with the service from Hurtigruten has been phenomenal - whether with booking trips or flights or check-in or on the ship itself. Hurtigruten employees know how to provide superb service, and I've never experienced poor service - not once. In fact, on our most recent trip, our flight from the US was delayed, and we weren't able to board the ship in Bergen. When I knew that our flight was to be delayed, I called Hurtigruten and they got to work re-arranging flights so that we could meet up with the ship in Trondheim on the third day of the voyage, put us up in a wonderful hotel in Trondheim, and covered all the extra costs. (We had arranged flights through Hurtigruten, so they took good care of us. ) When our bags from Chicago didn't arrive in Trondheim, Hurtirgruten worked with United Airlines and SAS to deliver our bags to us on the ship on the 5th day of the trip. And they refunded the first two days of the trip! Who does that? If that' s not great service, I don't know what is. Third, all of our excursions have been outstanding. I read one review from someone who complained that their whale-watching excursion had been cancelled because of weather. Who would complain about that!?! One of our excursions to the North Cape was cancelled because of high winds and snow (the cost was refunded, of course). When we took the excursion two years earlier, our bus was in a caravan of two busses and three or four cars, headed up by a snow plow to clear the road ahead of us. It was exciting, cold, windy, and exhilarating. I report that because I want to emphasize that Hurtigruten wouldn't cancel an excursion unless there was good reason - like safety of travelers. And the food was outstanding. Many reviewers complained about having a lot of fish. Well, if you're going to the Norgwegian coast, what in the world do you expect? We had a variety of fish - all sourced from vendors along the coast (which I particularly appreciated). And we also had food that I'd never had before, including reindeer and ox. All cooked to perfection and served by friendly servers who went out of their way to make us happy. If you're looking for your usual cruise ship menu, go on one of the "big box" cruise lines. If you're looking for a novel travel experience and you're willing to be a little bit open-minded, take a Hurtigruten voyage. (I hesitate to call it a cruise, because it's not even comparable.) If you're looking for a Caribbean cruise with discos, midnight buffets, nightly shows, casinos, drunk passengers, formal dining, rowdy kids, and way too much stimulation and way too many calories - a Hurtigruten voyage isn't for you. If you want to see incredible scenery, meet people from all over the world, experience the highest standards of friendly, non-snooty service, and feel relaxed when the trip is over, Hurtigruten just might be the trip for you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our 6th cruise. The ship was very nice but the food was bland, unimaginative and nearly the same every meal. The ship had NO activities for guests, other than reading or watching the scenery. There was a theater, but it was ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise. The ship was very nice but the food was bland, unimaginative and nearly the same every meal. The ship had NO activities for guests, other than reading or watching the scenery. There was a theater, but it was used only twice to give information about the excursions and departure. I don't understand why they couldn't show movie or documentaries in the theater while at sea and/or in the evenings. Nearly every excursion we signed up for was cancelled. They were also very expensive for what we received. We have travelled with Seabourn, Holland America, etc and this was the least fun experience. They also charge extra for every little thing...even water, coffe and tea. These charges are exorbitant Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Midnatsol Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 5.0 2.9
Public Rooms 3.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.1
Family 2.0 3.1
Shore Excursion 2.0 4.1
Enrichment 2.0 3.8
Service 3.0 4.2
Rates 4.0 3.2

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