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Sail Date: August 2014
We have travelled with Hurtigruten before on their costal round trips a couple of times. We enjoyed these very much so we decided to take the plunge and go for one of the explorer voyages. We booked direct and received confirmation ... Read More
We have travelled with Hurtigruten before on their costal round trips a couple of times. We enjoyed these very much so we decided to take the plunge and go for one of the explorer voyages. We booked direct and received confirmation suggesting a two flight journey each way. When the paperwork arrived we had a three flight journey each way spanning a total thirteen hours not including first airport pre flight time. Arrival at Svalbard on night in the Raddison Blu hotel. Arrived around midnight, checked in and went to room. Our hearts sank! Annex accommodation comprising of a small unit. Main bed was a sofa bed large enough for one. Second bed was either a top or bottom bunk bed. Room, furniture and fittings looked tired, but at least clean. Curtains as thin as tissue paper so would not keep out midnight sun.No coffe, tea or milk provided. Transport to ship satisfactory. Embarkation a little long winded with queuing of around 40 minutes or more for some. Cabin was as expected. On deck three with window. A little small and very compact, but more than adequate. Clean and comfortable and v good housekeeping. Dining. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style with an excellent selection for all. Dinner was a mix of buffet or fixed menu. Again very good with alternative for vegetarians etc. Tea coffee and cookies available 24/7 No children's club or facilities due to nature of voyage. Non advertised or expected. Evening entertainment was very low key. Again due to type of voyage and other activities ongoing. Polar bear spotting or landings. Disembarkation. Well organised and efficient. Summary. For a once in a lifetime voyage to see the wild Arctic, this would be difficult to better. A wonderful experience on a well run efficient ship. Excellent crew and staff including all expedition team who were extremely knowledgable. A wonderful experience let down by the first night hotel accommodation and the more than expected number of flights to reach our destinations. Possibly a little on the expensive side.   Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2011
Pros's: Well kept ship, Some very experienced expedition leaders; Klaus (knew his birds and loved sharing his knowledge, worked around the clock to spot wildlife), Peter (experienced and knew his stuff), Claudia and Chris (he spotted ... Read More
Pros's: Well kept ship, Some very experienced expedition leaders; Klaus (knew his birds and loved sharing his knowledge, worked around the clock to spot wildlife), Peter (experienced and knew his stuff), Claudia and Chris (he spotted the second group of bears on day two). Food was very good, the included wine was alright (needed to pay to upgrade for better bottle). Saw bears on the second day! Wildlife seen was: walrus, seals, whales, dolphins and loads of birds. Rooms small but well appointed, staff kept rooms up well. Folks on ship were very diverse, broken apart into the German speaking and English speaking groups. Dinning room very well run. Con's: Workout room cramped to say the least, no room to stretch out which I find really important. No entertainment except a karaoke like piano player, no night life. Staff complained if you stayed past 11:30. Spent two days at the end looking for wildlife, they missed their big opportunity in the morning. We looked out the window and saw 1,000's, yes 1,000's of seals and sailed right by them. By the time we got up and out of our room we did not see anything the rest of the day. Where you find bear food, ie the seals, it is usually the best place to find bears! The required hotel used in Oslo for pre departure was down right awful, dirty and noisy. Morning of the departure was unorganized, folks pushing to get onto the buses. One of the worst scenes was when we arrived in Longyearbyen and we were taken into the town and told for look around for two hours dragging our hand luggage about while they got the ship ready. Staff really should have told us about the museum in Logyearbyen and set up a staging area, hard way to start a lux cruise. The last day on the ship was really a day for the staff to get the ship ready for the turnaround. We were taken on a tour of Tromso (skip it if you go on this ship), tour included a stop at a lake to look at birds, the Tromso botanical gardens, the Arctic Catherdal and the Museum in Tromso - ho hum. Crusise started out so well and ended with a thud, we should have ended after 7 days and if would of ended on a better high. I was told by many on the boat that the antarctic cruise was far more interesting. Dinning room cramped, difficult to get tables for 8 or more. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Never having been to the Arctic, taken an expedition cruise of any kind, or sailed with Silversea, this was a true voyage of firsts for us. The experience was incredible and I can assure you it will not be our last expedition cruise or ... Read More
Never having been to the Arctic, taken an expedition cruise of any kind, or sailed with Silversea, this was a true voyage of firsts for us. The experience was incredible and I can assure you it will not be our last expedition cruise or sailing we take with Silversea. Pre-Cruise: Independent - 2 nights in Oslo at the Thon Panorama. A great location and nice hotel we found on an internet special. Based on our brief stay, Oslo is a wonderful city and we plan to return. We took a 7.5 hour all-day land and water tour that showed us as much as possible in the short time we had. On day 3 we flew to Longyearbyen and overnighted at the Radisson Blu hotel. It bills itself as the northernmost full service hotel in the world and was comfortable and convenient. The cruise: Embarkation was a snap (complete with Champagne) and we were our stateroom in perhaps 15 minutes or so. It is such a small ship, our luggage beat us there - a first! The stated boarding time is 3:00 PM but we met some people from Virginia that actually boarded at 12:30. Like the Crew and Expedition Staff, the passenger list was literally from all over he world - Germany, Austria, Italy, England, Scotland, the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia (just to name the ones I know). This fact helped to make this cruise very different (and very enjoyable) than others we have taken. No matter where our fellow passengers came from, they were all here for the scenery, history, and above all, the wildlife. That singleness of purpose made the cruise even more fantastic. The daily Voyage Journals posted on the Silversea site tell a far more detailed story of what we saw and did than what I can relate. I will tell you, however, that we saw 10 Polar Bears (our #1 goal and I think that is true for perhaps all the passengers), visited 2 Walrus haul-outs, saw different types of seals, viewed reindeer (even at the Longyearbyen airport!), and saw a wide variety of birds (a special delight for the many birdwatchers on-board). We visited historic sites, did some ice cruising, visited glacier faces, etc. We have been to Alaska 3 times, but this was the best! Stateroom: This was the lowest category (Adventurer Class) and was excellent. The design and storage was more than adequate and the bath very well designed with a tub/shower combination. The only suggestion will pass along is that blackout curtains are needed, We had 24 hour daylight and I hadto lower the portholde covers (did not dog them down) and used the decorative pillows to block the light (about 85%-90% effective). Two nice pairs of binoculars were supplied for our use. Food: It ranged from very good to outstanding. The buffets in the morning and at lunch were varied and delicious. Dinner was multi-course with a wide variety of options. Desserts were a little hit-and-miss, but we did not come on the cruise to eat. Nice house wines were offered with lunch and dinner. We always had a choice of a table for two or a larger shared table. Only once did we opt for the table for 2 and that was on an evening when we wanted to turn in early. The conversation was always interesting, but we were tired that night. Service: The crew learned your name quickly and it made for much more personalized experience. We are not very formal so what I will call relaxed Continental service was very enjoyable. Stateroom service was excellent. Entertainment: Except for a keyboardist who payed background music, the organized entertainment was minimal - daily tea, puzzles, conversation, reading, and a good variety on in-room movies on demand (no charge). The main daily activity was the recap of the day and briefing for the next day. There were also daily lectures before and between the twice daily Zodiac excursions on history, wildlife, glacier formation, etc. In addition there were four evenings when a cocktail party was hosted - the Captain's Welcome Party, the First Timer's Party, the Venetian Society party, and the Captain's Farewell. There was also a get together the last night to see professional photographer's day-by-day video of the cruise set to music. It was not inexpensive ($150), but given our experiences and the things we saw, I think it was an absolute bargain. In addition, he supplied a disc with perhaps 100 photos per day that he took. He received a standing ovation because his work was so fantastic. I would be surprised if anyone filed to purchase a copy. Disembarkation was as easy as Embarkation. Our transfer took us into Longyearbyen where we visited the Arctic Museum, did some shopping, and grabbed a quick bite to eat. Then it was on to the airport and back to Oslo by way of Tromso. Post-Cruise: We spent the night we left the ship at the Radisson Blu/Oslo airport(a short walk of perhaps 100 yards from the terminal). The next day we flew to Copenhagen for a few night at the Copenhagen Marriott. It is very well located (an easy walk from the central train station). Tivoli is across the street from the station and the Marriott has a water taxi stop outside. The hotel is very comfortable, convenient and definitely recommended. Final Word: When they talk about the trip of a lifetime, this is the type of thing they are talking about. If you can - go! Read Less

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