My mother and I traveled to Bergen end of May 2015 and took the MS Midnatsol up to Kirkenes for a seven day voyage. It was on my mothers bucket list (she is 80, I am 46). I did plenty of research ahead of time and had a pretty good idea ... Read More
My mother and I traveled to Bergen end of May 2015 and took the MS Midnatsol up to Kirkenes for a seven day voyage. It was on my mothers bucket list (she is 80, I am 46). I did plenty of research ahead of time and had a pretty good idea of what to expect. Starting with embarking that was a long process.. We got there early and waited over two hours. A little disappointing but oh well. From previous reviews seems they can't get that right..
The trip from Bergen to Kirkenes makes like 40 stops. Some longer then four hours, most less then one hour. This is a ferry, although a pretty nice one and they have a route and supplies to deliver along the way so they keep a pretty strict schedule. Some of the main scenery was late at night, like Trollfjord was at 1am, STAY UP FOR THAT. It's the prettiest part of the cruise. My mom didn't want to stay up that late and wishes she did. When they say there is cool landmarks and scenery to see, make sure you see it. As a lot of what you will see all looks the same.
There was NO entertainment on this ship. They advertise it though your entertainment is out the window. It rained the first few days and although the scenery was pretty the ports started to look the same toward the end. The Fjords though were breathtaking and I will have forever memories about that. They let you bring your own alcohol on board (they say two bottles each but they don't patrol it). You can drink in your room but I brought a flask on some days and was frugal that way sneaking vodka into my soda (which was still expensive). The drinks on board though rival on shore (at least bars towards the ship) I stopped in a pub in Tromso and paid more for a beer then I would have on the ship.
The water on the ship they say is ok to drink, I drank it and didn't get sick. BUT we did buy the water package (it was like $40 american for a bottle at lunch and dinner) and refilled the water. On the last day I opened a water bottle that I refilled and it smelled like rotten eggs so FYI. The water tasted fine but was pretty gross a couple day off water smelled horrible.
They had free WiFi on the ship, and a nice computer area in which you could use their computers. The WiFi was better on the main decks of course but I have T-Mobile and their unlimited data international, Norway has great country wide coverage so i was able to stay connected to friends and social networking via Norway's Wireless Network ( Thanks T-Mobile for great rates ) and the ships WiFi when on the main deck.
The food was good although I don't eat seafood; I was able to tell the staff and they brought me a special meal for dinner and the sit down lunches we had. I usually had Chicken for most meals. I actually lost weight on this cruise with all the walking on the ship and the healthier food I ate. All the food was really delicious included the bread and fruit.
The last night we had a fire on board and we were woken up at 4am. We had to divert to a port where they checked it out and we made it to Kirkenes on time to make our flight. We were tired and some of the people we were with couldn't go back to their room for hours (5 hours) and the ship didn't even offer any type of credit for the inconvenience (they returned back to Bergen on the ship). They were pretty upset with that. But a fire is a fire.
We did do a few excursions (I got really seasick on the Puffin Cruise stay away from that one if you get seasick). We also did the Viking Dinner and I ordered the Chicken instead of the Lamb and it was delicious as well as the mead. I would say that was the best excursion as the drive, the people and scenery was really nice. Otherwise when we had hours in a port we just walked around and shopped..
It was a great experience going on this cruise. Wish there was more entertainment but I made my own. We had a mini suite and it was well worth it for the extra room we had . Norway is a very nice country, can't wait to go back. Read Less