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Nordkapp Review

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By Theodore Scull
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Nordkapp Overview

Built in 1996 and taking up to 622 passengers (458 berthed), 11,386-ton Nordkapp (which means "North Cape") is just one ship in a fleet of 11 operating a daily service, known locally as "Hurtigruten" ("fast route"). It links Bergen, Norway, to some 35 ports along the Norwegian coast as far north as Kirkenes, a mining town near the Russian border. Nordkapp and its fleetmates transport cargo, vehicles and passengers, some making short port-to-port voyages and others enjoying a low-key cruise.

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The ship's main public spaces are of a high standard and feature artwork created by Norwegian artists to showcase the country's coastal culture. The highest passenger deck provides a large wraparound forward-facing lounge and a big-window cocktail bar midship. The principal public room deck houses a cocktail lounge, a library-cum-card room and a long starboard side gallery lounge that connects the public rooms and main restaurant.

Three daily meals are included for full one-way (Bergen-to-Kirkenes) and roundtrip passengers, while the short interport passengers pay for their meals separately or use the 24-hour cafeteria. Service by the Norwegian staff ranges from friendly to efficient. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style with a wide choice of Norwegian and European dishes. Dinner is served from a set three-course menu at reserved tables. Special diet requests are best handled with advance notice.

Other amenities include a fitness room, Internet cafe, children's play area, video arcade, souvenir shop and self-service laundry.

The cabins, spread over four decks, are functional and mostly light-filled outsides with twin beds that fold up or become sofas during the day. Ten are labeled suites, but they're actually one-room spaces, each with a lounge area and more light coming through the big windows. The least expensive are three blocks of insides. Amenities include telephones, radios, automated wake-up calls, good drawer and closet space, tiled showers and hair dryers.

Fellow passengers are mostly Europeans with some Americans traveling independently or in organized groups. Tipping is not expected, though many who spend a week or more aboard may tip the restaurant staff when the service warrants.

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Hurtigruten Nordkapp Ship Stats

  • Launched: 1996
  • Decks: 7
  • Passengers: 490
  • Registry: Norway
Nordkapp Ratings
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Hurtigruten Nordkapp Member Reviews

Sail Date: Dec 2018
My mom and I very much enjoyed our Norwegian Coastal Voyage on Hurtigruten's MS Nordkapp during the winter months. The experience was relaxing and scenic - given the winter weather - the food was very...Read More
Sail Date: Oct 2018
were very comfortable and never too crowded. Already thinking about booking another voyage on Nordkapp. Cabin, not the most expensive by any means, was comfortable and perfectly satisfactory. The...Read More
Sail Date: Dec 2017
your cabin wisely. We just booked a basic Polar Outside and were on Deck 3. Although it says the MS Nordkapp has been refurbished in 2016, so it's overall in excellent and modern conditions, the same doesn't...Read More
Sail Date: Apr 2019
We got a Valentines offer on the website for the 2nd person to go for £199 and ended up with a room on floor 3 with 2 portholes and twin beds. The cabin was cosy and a bit noisy at night when the ship stopped,...Read More

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