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By Pat Richardson
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Richard With Overview

As with all Hurtigruten vessels sailing the line's signature Norwegian coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, this ship offers the opportunity to encounter the real Norway, up close and personal. Like the rest of the fleet, it is a working ship which makes port calls around the clock, picking up and delivering short-hop passengers -- often plus their car or bikes -- and loading and unloading goods. This delivers a unique, authentic experience, which is best suited to independent-minded travellers seeking an immersive and sometimes adventurous voyage.

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Pro

Outstanding observation areas indoors and out

Con

Not a cruise ship per se so lacks the facilities and finesse some passengers might desire

Bottom Line

All-seasons, authentic, immersive experience of Norwegian nature and culture


Those who expect to the features of a luxury cruise ship focused on indulging leisure travellers only, may well be disappointed by the no-frills, albeit comfortable, cabins and the absence of features such as balcony cabins (there are none), butler service, nightly turn-down with a chocolate on your pillow, a spa, duty-free boutiques, a casino and nightly stage shows (but you may see the biggest spectacle of them all -- the northern lights).

The ambience is friendly, relaxed and informal; the facilities are more than adequate. As a constant, there's the scenery which, for the most part, is stunning, with frequent wildlife and seabird sightings. 

Named after the man who founded Hurtigruten in 1893, Richard With was built 100 years after With completed his first voyage on the coastal fast route.

Fellow Passengers

People of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities sail with Hurtigruten. Announcements and printed programmes are in Norwegian, German, and excellent English.

Locals predominate, and often include family groups. Many are travelling between ports not as easily reached by road; some are onboard for a short leg of the voyage, others for longer, and some for the entire 11-day Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen round trip. Some of the leisure travellers on board -- Norwegian and other nationalities -- will be adventure-seekers, using the ship to transport them to remote biking or hiking trails, or embark on a kayaking or fishing expedition. 

Most leisure passengers from other countries are likely to be of, or near, retirement age and taking -- not necessarily for the first time -- a trip that has long been on their bucket list. U.K. passengers form, on average, up to 15 percent of those onboard in summer, and 25 percent in winter -- the northern lights being the hook that makes this season more popular. And for Brits, February is the most popular travel month.


Hurtigruten Richard With Dress Code

Informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner most don't dress up. Sporty, casual clothing is the norm during the day, with those in-the-know wearing layers to cope with temperature changes. Depending on the season, local weather can deliver chill winds, rain, snow or blazing sunshine (sometimes on the same day). Rainproof and windproof outdoor clothing is advisable and, for exploring ashore, sturdy walking shoes. In winter, the ground can be icy and spiked shoes are a wise choice. 


Hurtigruten Richard With Gratuity

Tipping is not common practice, however it is discretionary if passengers wish to reward good service and there are tip boxes and envelopes in the ship's restaurant. A guideline is 10 percent of the fare, rounded up. The onboard currency is Norwegian krone (NOK).


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Hurtigruten Richard With Ship Stats

  • Crew: 60
  • Launched: 1993
  • Decks: 7
  • Passengers: 458
  • Registry: Norway
Richard With Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 1.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 2.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0

Hurtigruten Richard With Member Reviews

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Captain Bodo
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We had always wanted to travel on the Hurtigruten, and so we booked with the Richard With because it had recently undergone a re-fit. Getting to the ship was so simple. We left from Cardiff airport...Read More
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alan.truesdale2
Sail Date: Feb 2019
We have recently returned from the Hurtigruten Norwegian Classic round trip, on board MS Richard With, 21st February – 4th March, including flights from UK (Manchester). To summarise – this was a fantastic...Read More
Richard With
MBPAK
Sail Date: Jul 2018
always wanted to see the norwegian fjords. Very important for our decition for hurtig ruten, MS Richard With: - small ship, not a "classical" cruise ship with animation and many people - you can choose...Read More
Richard With
varina
Sail Date: May 2018
Our experience on the Richard With exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and fabulous. The cabin was comfortable and the public rooms very nice and attractive. The scenery must be the best in...Read More

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