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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I really liked the character of the ship, the art work and the layout. I enjoyed the hot tubs so much and the upper decks. The cabin was nice, the only downsides I could call out are. * The air from the ceiling was strong, it blew down ... Read More
I really liked the character of the ship, the art work and the layout. I enjoyed the hot tubs so much and the upper decks. The cabin was nice, the only downsides I could call out are. * The air from the ceiling was strong, it blew down on the bed quite a lot. * There wasn't any evening entertainment in the lounges, no piano playing or quiz or anything, it would have been nice to have a couple of hours of entertainment some of the nights * The staff were setting up tables for lunch at breakfast hours, kicking guests off tables and making them move so they could set up for lunch which didn't start for 2 hours, incredibly rude and frustrating. Being told to find a new table mid-meal is shocking customer service. Besides that the ship, the views and the service and food was all very good. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I have just returned from the round trip on Finnmarken. Hurtigruten provides an excellent voyage and some stunning scenery. Much has been said about the trips so I will not add to the many reviews. BUT, Hurtigruten and probably other ... Read More
I have just returned from the round trip on Finnmarken. Hurtigruten provides an excellent voyage and some stunning scenery. Much has been said about the trips so I will not add to the many reviews. BUT, Hurtigruten and probably other cruise lines MUST deal with the problem of mobile phone usage. WE witnessed people taking calls on speakerphone and coupled with their loud voices this was a massive distraction. It is time to have quiet areas so that those who are thoughtless and rude do not spoil the trip for others. We witnessed arguments almost every day with people saying don’t talk on your phone. Trips -very varied and interesting. Well organised. Food -buffet -pretty good and a very wide range Restaurant on flloor 7 -VERY good. For this on board the upgrade cost is only NOK290 Hurtigruten - you do a great job but please address the matter of the phone nuisance Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I wanted to cruise the Norwegian coast and Hurtigruten provides a very safe experience. We were told if the weather is really bad, they ships wait it out until it's safe to proceed which is nice to hear after the Viking disaster. ... Read More
I wanted to cruise the Norwegian coast and Hurtigruten provides a very safe experience. We were told if the weather is really bad, they ships wait it out until it's safe to proceed which is nice to hear after the Viking disaster. The cabins are small but adequate. I travelled with a friend but we chose to have separate cabins. 12 days together in one small cabin would have been difficult. The pace of the cruise was perfect and there were plenty of opportunities to get off the ship to explore even when the stops were short. I wouldn't recommend this cruise with children and I wouldn't recommend it to younger people. There is no entertainment on board although the scenery is compelling. We found a game of Rummy on board and we played it a lot. I became an expert. The food is great and there is plenty of it. Great choices and the food is very fresh and healthy. I didn't bother to purchase internet. About half the places had wi fi available, but it became more limited the further north you go. Sit outside any hotel and you can usually pick up their wi fi. Read the reviews before you purchase excursions. They are expensive but some are worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
To see the Northern Lights was on our bucket list. We were not disappointed! On our third night, we received notification that the lights were visible. We threw on the warm clothing and rushed outside, only to be greeted by Nature's ... Read More
To see the Northern Lights was on our bucket list. We were not disappointed! On our third night, we received notification that the lights were visible. We threw on the warm clothing and rushed outside, only to be greeted by Nature's miracle. As we sailed up the coast of Norway, we were treated to this phenomenon every night! We were also treated to many marvelous fjords along Norway's coast. This cruise is definitely not for those who are looking for the amenities offered by the large cruise lines; entertainment, pool, cuisine, etc. But don't get me wrong, the smaller ship and friendly staff of the Finnmarken were in fact superior than some of the other many cruises we have been on. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us. We would definitely recommend the Hurtigruten round trip Bergen to Bergen trip to anyone! Thank you Hurtigruten, for the fabulous memory! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This Cruise has been on our "Bucket List" for the past ten years. Earlier this month we eventually boarded the Hurtigruten, Finnmarken and was pleasantly surprised. Being under the impression that this is a ... Read More
This Cruise has been on our "Bucket List" for the past ten years. Earlier this month we eventually boarded the Hurtigruten, Finnmarken and was pleasantly surprised. Being under the impression that this is a "working" ship, we found the amenities being similar and equal to that of other "Commercial/Passenger Liners. Calling at most of the small towns on the Coast Line, makes this a wonderful experience, however the "time spent" at some of there ports do not allow Passengers to get off. The food and selection thereof was great as well as the "Norwegian 3 Course Dinners". The Dog Sledding and Snow Mobile Excursions is a must, as this was a thrilling experience. If your budget allows it, book a Cabin with a balcony, as we could view the "Northern Lights" from our balcony as appose to going to the outside decks. The only letdown is the fact that you have to pay for coffee and tea, which other Passenger Lines offers this free. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first experience of a cruise proper (we had previously sailed to New York on the Queen Mary II). We went principally as a way, we hoped, of seeing the Northern Lights. We were most unfortunate in that the weather was not ... Read More
This was our first experience of a cruise proper (we had previously sailed to New York on the Queen Mary II). We went principally as a way, we hoped, of seeing the Northern Lights. We were most unfortunate in that the weather was not very good - rain and low cloud plus strong winds. However, we did see the Northern Lights on three occasions although they were a little weaker than expected. Overall, the ship seemed to us to be comfortable, well appointed and the food excellent. Our cabin (an Arctic Superior) was small but had everything one might need (although more hooks for outer wear would have been useful), a fridge and a TV (although the only English language programs were two news channels). The staff were friendly and helpful. A member of the 'Expedition Team' - Magnus - gave excellent talks each day on relevant subjects such as attempts to reach the North Pole, the Sami, Norwegian life etc. There was a film-show most evenings of slightly variable interest. By our standards, everything in Norway is expensive and things on the ship more so. The shore excursions were of variable quality and value for money. The Trondheim City Walk - was quite long but interesting. Kayaking on the River Nid - was fun in its way but little was said about the city itself and one missed out a bit as a result. Personally, I should have preferred kayaking in a remoter area. Polar History Walk - good, but quite short and most of the places visited could have been visited independently at much less cost. Cross-country Skiing - very good (and quite tiring). The North Cape - good although personally should have liked longer at the cape. The Northernmost Town in the World - (it isn't, Longyearbyen is) not really worth the money. The museum was within walking distance of the ship (and there wasn't enough time to see it properly) and the other sights were not that impressive. Into the Ice - Stories of a Polar Hero - again, not really worth the money. A gentle walk up a snowy hill with views as above from the top. A snack in a tent at the bottom and a talk that covered the same ground as a previous lecture on board. Lofoten by Horse - cancelled because bad weather meant that we could not be picked up from the next port. Would have taken place in the dark anyway, so not sure that we missed very much. Visit to an Authentic Fishing Village - excellent. Very interesting excursion led by a local retired schoolmaster who knew his stuff and put it over in an entertaining way. The MS Finnmarken is a combination of a cargo/post ship and a cruise ship. This means that she sails to a timetable, calls at a great many ports (33 on the way North and the same number on the way South) and stops at some for a very short time (15 mins at some) so it is not always possible to go ashore. Finally, not all the ports are particularly attractive (although their surrounding are). Norway was knocked about rather a lot during the war and most buildings are quite new. Don't be put off, though. It's a trip worth doing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I travelled to see the Northern Lights. In the 12 days aboard the ship our room was never vacuumed, the bed’s were made once and the sheets on the bed never changed. The food was always lukewarm to cold. Food leftovers from the ... Read More
I travelled to see the Northern Lights. In the 12 days aboard the ship our room was never vacuumed, the bed’s were made once and the sheets on the bed never changed. The food was always lukewarm to cold. Food leftovers from the previous night were put out for lunch next day and reheated. No water was available at breakfast. No coffee or tea was available for dinner. One slice of bread was made available for dinner and it was stale. Dinner meals lacked vegetables. Tea and coffee should have been complimentary all day and not purchased outside of breakfast and lunch. WiFi had to be purchased,should have been complimentary. These packages were outrageously expensive. Excursions were very expensive. The cruise lacked entertainment on board at night. There were 2 screens a dance floor, piano and none of these were utilised. The ship did not have any happy hours to boost their wine sales or engage passengers. Very disappointed with Hurtigruten! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The snow was amazing and the views from the ship really spectacular, even at 3 in the morning! We would like to do a cruise again maybe in the springtime to see the difference a warmer climate can bring. We also enjoyed the lectures and learned a lot about Norway and the people. The food on board was excellent and a complete change from what you usually get on a cruise. Perhaps a cooking demonstration could be organised in the summer or springtime when the seas are calmer! A quizzes are also a way to get people together too, especially those travelling on their own. We both enjoyed the cruise immensely and as it was our first ever cruise to a colder climate we were a little apprehensive. We need not have worried, everything was taken care of with efficiency and humour. Thankyou all for a wonderful birthday cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little ... Read More
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little tired looking and not a luxury cruise liner, was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. I shared a outside basic cabin with my Mother and although we had portholes instead of windows, we coped fine. The cabin did have a bar fridge, but we didn't use it. The food was abundant, fresh, and well stocked with local delicacies. For those of us not familiar with the offerings or with food intolerances/ allergies, dishes were reasonably well labelled. Each night dinner showcased food from the local area. If you weren't keen on eating cod tongues or Rudolph the Reindeer, you could request an alternative (usually fish or beef). Excursions were plentiful and while expensive (it's Norway and everything is expensive) were well paced with abundant information from local guides and bus drivers. If the excursions didn't appeal then there were the options of taking yourself for a walk through the towns you dock at, or just sitting in the lounge and watching the ship be loaded and unloaded. Daily review talks by the expedition team, as well as a few activities such as a ceremony when crossing the arctic circle and guided hikes, provided pretty much all of the ship's entertainment. There were no cabarets or night shows. While the weather was bad for the majority of our trip, cloudy skies and at times rough seas (when in the open water), you soon got used to the ships motion. When the Northern Lights made their appearances - announcements were made so you could go out on deck and admire the spectacle. This was the cherry on the very top of the experience and not seeing them would still have meant a fantastic trip. As a once in a lifetime trip, the Arctic and the Northern Lights cruise didn't disappoint and I'd recommend this trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Saw the most amazing aurora, it was visible on 6 of the 7 possible nights. Great food on board with a nice selection and a very nice sized cabin. All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Although some of the stops were ... Read More
Saw the most amazing aurora, it was visible on 6 of the 7 possible nights. Great food on board with a nice selection and a very nice sized cabin. All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Although some of the stops were very short it provided a great opportunity to see Norway and sailing so close to land all the time the journey was very smooth most of the time. Would definitely go again, I didn't go any of the excursions so can't comment on them. When an aurora was visible an announcement was made, and at times the ship slowed down and the lights were turned off where it was visible so we had a great opportunity to see it. Being out at sea you are treated to very dark skies so its a perfect viewing location for the aurora and night sky. I went to see the aurora and I was not disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
One of the most exhilarating experiences in my life, this cruise was our perfect honeymoon gift to each other. We didn't get the time to explore Bergen, but had no issues with embarkation & disembarkation. We were thoroughly ... Read More
One of the most exhilarating experiences in my life, this cruise was our perfect honeymoon gift to each other. We didn't get the time to explore Bergen, but had no issues with embarkation & disembarkation. We were thoroughly impressed by the courteous staff, who gave us a free upgrade, & also took care of my wife when she felt sea sick during mild rolling. The spread of food during all the meals was impressive. Even the shop on board had a nice variety of souvenirs for us to bring back. Our shore excursion to Trondheim was a memorable one. We were also fortunate enough to sight the Aurora Borealis from the observation deck. Although I was denied a visit to the Engine Room by the Chief Engineer despite me being a marine engineer by profession, I would definitely go again, after a few years, if I get a good discounted deal. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted an experience that was less commercial than other large cruise lines and one which would allow us to truly experience all tha the Norwegian coast has to offer. We got exactly what we wanted and wouldn’t have changed a thing. ... Read More
We wanted an experience that was less commercial than other large cruise lines and one which would allow us to truly experience all tha the Norwegian coast has to offer. We got exactly what we wanted and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Beautiful spacious accomodations (we stayed in a quad), ample lounge areas and high quality, delicious food. The service was impeccable and we became very friendly with all service staff. Our kids were invited to the Young Explorers program which enriched their understanding of the Norwegian culture and environment. The food was fresh and delicious, and there was a story that accompanied each dish we were served. While this cruise is not for everyone in the fact that there was no formal entertainment, it was exactly what we were looking for. It was an experience we will cherish forever and truly feel like any other vacation would be unmatched! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We (2 people) always wanted to do this. We have read about this trip and seen reports on TV. The entire trip was perfectly organised and everything went out as planned. We did the 12 day Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen cruise. The Cabin ... Read More
We (2 people) always wanted to do this. We have read about this trip and seen reports on TV. The entire trip was perfectly organised and everything went out as planned. We did the 12 day Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen cruise. The Cabin ((Arktis Superior) was OK and functionable. We have spend there almost only time for sleeping. The food was fantastic and we both have gained weight because we were so much tempted to eat too much (But it was worth it) We have gone on several excursions; - RIB Boat Safari Saltstraumen - Visit of the Huskys - Birdwatching Safari at the Northcape - Boat Safari to the Russian Border - Breakfast at the Northcape - Seaeagle Safari at the Lofoten - RIB Speedboat Safari at the Lofoten and all were really good and we enjoyed them very well. We can recommend each one of them. The lectures we attended were also all very good, informative and not too long. We would definately recommed the cruise. Maybe we do it again in Winter one day. And if you do not want to spend that much money or have less time available, we would recommend to do the trip going north from Bergen to Kirkenes. The part of the journey going south was also good, but the other one was better. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This cruise was all about the scenery which was made even better by the near perfect weather. The food was quite good. They offer buffet breakfast and lunch. Dinner is table service with a fixed menu. They offer an a la carte service in a ... Read More
This cruise was all about the scenery which was made even better by the near perfect weather. The food was quite good. They offer buffet breakfast and lunch. Dinner is table service with a fixed menu. They offer an a la carte service in a different dining room for an additional 500 - 800 NOK. I could never get an adequate explanation for what the value was for a different meal service. As best I could determine the difference was that you get to choose from a menu of three or four selections and you get to pick your dining hour. Except for the full board meals, everything is extra and expensive, even water. Be careful when one of the staff offers a “tasting” of some native fare. It appears that it’s a complimentary offer. When you accept they ask your Cabin number and a €20 charge appears on your bill. The cost of excursions is outlandishly expensive. For example, the 45 minute bus ride to Northkapp was €180 per person. That was just the bus ride. Admissions to the museum were extra. That was more than I paid to fly from Kirkenes to Oslo. For the most part the staff were peasant and efficient except for the man at the excursion desk who was downright rude and condescending. Twice when I asked a question, he would point to one of the information sheets and snap back with, “you should have read it.” I did, but it wasn’t clear. Would it have been too much for him to simply smile and answer the question? That experience was a complete turn off to Hurtigruten for me. Now that we’ve seen this part of the World, we probably won’t come back. But if we do, it won’t be with Hurtigan. Their annoying service and people are not worth the experience. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
3rd time for us and as soon as we got to the Pingvinen bar in Bergen we got onto the wifi and got down to planning the 4th one. The views are nothing less than staggering. Utterly breathtaking. No words or photos will ever do justice to ... Read More
3rd time for us and as soon as we got to the Pingvinen bar in Bergen we got onto the wifi and got down to planning the 4th one. The views are nothing less than staggering. Utterly breathtaking. No words or photos will ever do justice to the Norwegian fjords. You need to see them with your own eyes. We embarked at Svolvær for a three-night cruise south to Bergen. A quick treat for us for various reasons. My partner's in an electric wheelchair and the MS Finnmarken had a nifty device where the steps to the foot-passengers' door flattened-out into a lift. When we sailed on the MS Trollfjord in 2013 we boarded via the vehicle ramp and up a cargo lift. Although we couldn't get an accessible cabin this time we managed fine with the standard cabin. We stowed the electric wheelchair in the luggage compartment each night where it could be plugged in too to charge. In fact we upgraded when we boarded as we had originally booked an unspecified outside cabin which turned out to be on the promenade deck (5) with a restricted view (lifeboat). Didn't bother me but upgrades were available so my partner did the deed. We got 705 - another outer cabin and also much nearer the amidships lifts. If you are happy with an outer cabin on deck five please remember to close the curtains when it gets dark! I could see in in the split-second I walked by from the corner of my eye. The MS Finnmarken is a perfectly comfortable and unpretentious ship. Loads of wonderful art to look at on board and we especially enjoyed the cartoons around the two staircases. There are three lifts, two amidships and one aft and my partner got around just fine in the wheelchair. The food is amazing. Traditional Norwegian fair mixed with the usual north European goodies. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is usually a set menu although we were surprised that on our first evening dinner was also a buffet. One downside is that breakfast and lunch are really too close together - just over two hours apart. I over-ate on the first evening, wasn't hungry the following morning but ended up stuffing myself anyway. Just managed to hold back come lunch time. But not really. And it was a blessed relief when dinner turned out to be a set menu. The dinners can seem quite light after the buffets but really the portions are just right. I managed to properly pace myself the other two days. Getting rid of those calories is easy enough. There's a pretty cool gym on board. I looked but didn't touch. I don't do gyms. It was busy though. There appears to be dance classes - see below. The small swimming pool was out of action for some reason - I didn't get around to finding out why. The two outside jacuzzis were on though and I rarely saw them unoccupied. I opted for walks around the promenade deck on five interspersed with strides up and down the outside steps to deck eight. With my mobile, the complimentary wifi, and a few BBC iPlayer radio programs, and the ever changing totally stunning views, I managed nine miles on one day! I also scampered onshore whenever I could. I managed a brisk walk through hilly Molde and was treated to the privilege of visiting the beautiful MS Lofeten in Rørvik. Onboard entertainment is minimal. As Hurtigruten's blurb says, the views provide the entertainment. And they ain't wrong. There were some fun and informative talks by the onboard expedition team and I did see and hear music and dancing involving the more mature passengers. On the last day we were treated to a surprise concert with piano and two opera singers performing works by Grieg. Listening to them while watching the majestic fjords roll by was truly magical. And very relaxing. On this trip we purposely didn't do any excursions. They are expensive but the ones we've been on previously we're worth it for the memories they've created. Also expensive is the alcohol. I chose to drink very little, just two glasses of wine, but my partner likes his beer so paid the nearly £10 a pop for a large Mack. About three or four a day. Eye-watering. But that's Norway. I made use of the complimentary coffee supply for full-board passengers. The crew are great. They all speak English and only a couple of them were a bit brusque in that charmingly Scandinavian manner. Disembarkation went smoothly with ramps everywhere. One bonus of upgrading was we were among the first passengers to disembark. Busses to the centre of Bergen and the train station were available but we chose to walk/trundle to the Pingvinen bar were we planned next year's Hurtigruten holiday. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Dining Breakfast A wide variety of food some of it appetizing and some of it not. Lunch Towards the end of the trip it was a little repetitive for the smorgasbord at lunch.I think they tried hard for variety but I guess it ... Read More
Dining Breakfast A wide variety of food some of it appetizing and some of it not. Lunch Towards the end of the trip it was a little repetitive for the smorgasbord at lunch.I think they tried hard for variety but I guess it depends on whats available. There was some attempt at providing for gluten and lactose free diets. There was always some alternatives just not a lot of choice.Dessert was particularly repetitive with a lot of cream based desserts and always a stewed fruit. Dinner You have a set time which you can change with the head waiter. Three courses - small meals. if you don't like what's on offer you can talk to the Head Waiter for a substitute. Excursions Choose carefully. Do one or two. These are not good value but some are a very enjoyable experience. Their success highly dependent on the weather. Dog Sledding- better to do earlier in the month/year when there is more snow. Very bumpy. A lot of standing around and patting the dogs. a half hour ride which was great with beautiful scenery.I would recommend this. Fishing Village from Tromso-Great scenery but the villages were a non event. e had seen so many from the boat and other stops already. These were just smaller. The Christmas Shop was unappealing though a nice morning tea. The Artist Gallery was different and interesting but small. I would not recommend this. I heard that the Bird Watching Excursion from Tromso was excellent. Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral This was 40 min. Lovely singing and a flute playing but not unusual. I would not recommend this.The large stain window can not be seen at night. The Atlantic Road Excursion. This was great and we had a stop for lunch with a traditional fish dish. Plan ahead maybe and mention this if you don't want it.The scenery was lovely. We met the ship at Molde. I would recommend this. Laundry- Level 3 and FREE! Most of the staff were lovely and helpful.The ship's decor was pleasant and comfortable. Deck 8 was popular with it's scenic windows. There was a little entertainment. this trip is about the views not the boat and with lovely weather most people were glued to the scenery, knitting or meeting new people. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Cruising the fjords of Norway has been a long time ambition of mine. I chose Hurtigruten because of reports that I had heard and their 100 year plus of experience of working in these waters. I say working because their ships do work ... Read More
Cruising the fjords of Norway has been a long time ambition of mine. I chose Hurtigruten because of reports that I had heard and their 100 year plus of experience of working in these waters. I say working because their ships do work with cargo as well as passengers this all adds to the interest. Something like 32 ports of call o the round trip from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Some with only a 15 minute stay but other with several hours stopover. A large number of excursions are organised and I found the ones I went on were very good. They are graded in fitness levels with those numbered 1 for old fogeys like me and those graded 3 for the fitter of us, I had a mini suite cabin which was excellent including a television connected to a camera on the bow of the ship so you missed little of the scenery. The TV can pick up BBC worls service TV as well as other English speaking stations. The suite had twin beds, a 2 seater settee, 2 armchairs and a large double wardrobe. Hurtigruten operate a Coastal Kitchen concept so much of the food on board is picked up from ports of call on the cruise. This provides a great variety of food and helps local farmers. Food on boardwas very good. An extensive breakfast and lunch buffet and a waiter service dinner which was nuovaue ciusine style but excellently done. There is also a a la carte restaurant if the fixed m,enu option is not to your liking. You can buy a wine or beer package for the cruise but this means you will have to drink every night. There are talks on board about the Artic and other related issies. I found these excellent. Bot too long, informative without being too heavy. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise as Hurtigruten is well known and can get into all the smaller fiords, although the ship was delayed into Bergenwhich was quite stressful after having a long day travelling .. the cabin 630 mini. Suite was lovely ... Read More
We chose this cruise as Hurtigruten is well known and can get into all the smaller fiords, although the ship was delayed into Bergenwhich was quite stressful after having a long day travelling .. the cabin 630 mini. Suite was lovely although we didn’t have a full bed change the whole of our 11 nights... dining was ok food was good but the food was not replenished quick enough people was waiting for trays to be replenished on the breakfast and lunch time sittings .. the evening meals waiter service suited me best . I was disappointed that the swimming pool was closed without any explanation, and this was the only reason I booked MS Finnmarken ... the drinks package was e extremely expensive and unaffordable.. when we went on shore we got good quality wine for £12 approximately and on board they were charging between £48 and £50 per bottle with a package of five bottles of wine and water for £225 which I found extortionate The excursions were also very expensive. However I found the whole experience amazing and the scenery beautiful very happy with the staff and the cabin ...although I think Hurtigruten are just overpriced with all the added extras added ... wines and alcohol could be priced so that people could afford to have a glass or two with a meal ..instead customers were having to drink in their cabins and not in the public areas... all in all it was a very nice experience but I do think the drinks and excursions were very very expensive Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
The journey with Hurtigruten on the MS Finnmarken was the most wonderful I ever made. The norwegian fjords are fantastic and this fresh arctic air makes you stay on the upper deck all day, you get addicted to it. Most comfortable ... Read More
The journey with Hurtigruten on the MS Finnmarken was the most wonderful I ever made. The norwegian fjords are fantastic and this fresh arctic air makes you stay on the upper deck all day, you get addicted to it. Most comfortable thing was the sauna and the two jaccuzis on the rear deck - it is too lovely to sit in the hot tub and see the ship leaving Kristiansund or Tromso or whatever!! LOVELY. The interior in an Art Déco-style is nice and they even had a piano in the salon. Best thing for those, who doesn't want to go outside, is the panorama-salon on deck 8, watching the scenery passing by slowly is the best way to travel. The only thing, that was really bad for me: I am an allergic person and the food i got was ridiculous! For breaktfast they just got me two slices of glutenfree toast, nothing else (for the rest I had to check the buffet - which didn't provide much for me). And dinner (when there was no buffet). was just terrible. Mostly it looked like the leftovers of the lunchbuffet, smashed into the pan with some old beetroot. And always styrofoam chickpeas. Or Potatoesoup with no taste. Considering, that the others got a five star menu and that the chefs are actually professionals the dishes for allergic people were a shame! That was the only complaint, but a major one. Still the journey was so beautiful, that I am gonna do it again next year summer. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
It was something we had always wanted to do and the lovely relaxed atmosphere on the ship, together with good service, lovely food, wonderful weather, made it almost perfect. We went to some lovely towns and liked the fact that there were ... Read More
It was something we had always wanted to do and the lovely relaxed atmosphere on the ship, together with good service, lovely food, wonderful weather, made it almost perfect. We went to some lovely towns and liked the fact that there were lots of opportunities to get off the ship and look around, as well as the really great excursions. Although we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights, the wonderful scenery made up for a little disappointment. It was only spoilt by the inconsiderate group of passengers who gathered in the main lounge sometimes two or three times a day to play at least two accordians and sing. They seemed to be oblivious to the number of people who would walk out each time. The lounge was the main area for people to sit and relax with a coffee, chat to friends, or read a book, or to watch the wonderful scenery passing by. This group would often play for two hours at a time. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We picked this trip based on Hurtigruten's reputation, and the fact that it's a trip experience rather than a cruise. It fulfilled all of our expectations and more - maybe we were lucky to have great weather pretty much all ... Read More
We picked this trip based on Hurtigruten's reputation, and the fact that it's a trip experience rather than a cruise. It fulfilled all of our expectations and more - maybe we were lucky to have great weather pretty much all the way up and back down the Norwegian coast in March / April, but as long as you get the views it wouldn't matter if the sun didn't shine quite so much. Loads of snow fell, but ahead of rather than on us, making everything magical viewed from on board and in the plentiful opportunities to go ashore from what is essentially a ferry / service boat for the coastal community. Hurtigruten's coastal kitchen cuisine features superb fish of many types, cooked many ways, and it's great that they don't pander to international / fast food tastes. No chips on the buffet or evening fine dining menu for the whole trip! Great!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We enjoyed every moment of this beautiful voyage. We loved the comfort of the ship which was clean and most comfortable. Excellent meals with a great variety of delicious fresh fruit, vegetables , fish and meat. Very friendly and helpful ... Read More
We enjoyed every moment of this beautiful voyage. We loved the comfort of the ship which was clean and most comfortable. Excellent meals with a great variety of delicious fresh fruit, vegetables , fish and meat. Very friendly and helpful staff. The scenery is just stunning and the experience of the Northern Lights is fantastic. We would recommend this ship and cruise very highly and would happily do it again. Our thanks to everyone who made our time on board so happy. A huge bonus for us was that there was no TV and no evening entertainment. Lots of time for reading and playing board games and socialising.Every effort was made to make our time on board as pleasnat as possible. Hygiene is taken very seriously which we appreciated. We will look back on this trip with the happiest of memories.Special thanks to Marta, Yan and all the staff on board for all your efforts and cheerful assitance! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My husband and I were intent on seeing the Northern Lights and this cruise delivered! On the first night of the light show, we just didn't know how to look for them and we gave up too soon. But for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th showings, we ... Read More
My husband and I were intent on seeing the Northern Lights and this cruise delivered! On the first night of the light show, we just didn't know how to look for them and we gave up too soon. But for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th showings, we knew what to do and how to look and on the 2nd showing especially, the dances performed by the lights were stunning. Everyone was in awe. It was especially wonderful when the captain turned off the exterior lighting so that we could get a better look. The lights made the entire voyage memorable. In addition to the lights were the fun excursions - we participated in 7 of them (we wanted some "down" time as well during our 12 night cruise); it was the perfect amount for us. The staff is stellar ... kind, helpful, knowledgeable, fun, and friendly. And the food ...... oh my goodness that food .... I'm sad to say I now have to go back to my own cooking. My husband is a pescatarian and I'm a vegan and the chef accommodated our dietary requirements with delectable dishes - my mouth waters just thinking about all that yumminess! Don't expect shows and all that stuff you normally get on cruise lines - this isn't that kind of a cruise - and that was perfect for us. No schmaltz - just a perfect cruise with a great staff, delicious food, and Northern Lights. Sheer perfection! I'd do it again in a heartbeat! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Embarkation easy and trouble free,food very good breakfast and lunch buffet main meal in the evening served by waiting staff. Cabin size small but adequate no tv no radio in our cabin cleaning not great and bedding never changed I ... Read More
Embarkation easy and trouble free,food very good breakfast and lunch buffet main meal in the evening served by waiting staff. Cabin size small but adequate no tv no radio in our cabin cleaning not great and bedding never changed I eventually had to ask at reception for new bedding 9 days into cruise and to have the cabin hoovered. The ship layout was good and there are plenty of trips if you are rich enough to afford them all. The scenery is stunning and you are made aware of what might be of interest coming up over the tannoy. They are keen to make sure you see the northern lights,we did 3 times so were well pleased. Disembarkation at ports were a free for all with people barging everywhere, more needs to be done in that respect. At the end of our trip we were told it would all be done in an orderly fashion and we would be advised when to disembark. As it happened no messages so once again disaster. Then our bus to the airport would not start. Would I recomend this trip. Only if they put a bit more effort into looking after the passengers, I know it is primarily a ferry but it needs to up the aunti.. Great for the scenery and the northern lights, and some good trips although very expensive. Return journey had few stops long enough to do more than go to a supermarket. Personally I am glad I went but would not go again. Read Less
Finnmarken Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 2.0 2.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.3
Family 1.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.1
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 3.0 4.2
Value For Money 2.0 3.6
Rates 3.0 3.9

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