Posted July 24th, 2008, 09:35 AM
Just wanted to post a few thoughts about our recent trip on the Nord Norge. We did not do a "complete" voyage, as we were just on two nights from Bergen to Trondheim, so this review will not be the usual. Folks on the one way or round trip version would probably have a different view. We walked from our hotel (The Augustin) a few blocks to the dock. Check in was easy and we took our luggage to our cabins. We had two cabins - one in category N and one in L. The cabins are small, but fine for two nights. One pet peeve, the website and the information I was sent said they had TV's and refrigerators in the cabins, but they do not. We did not need really need these, but it is not right to advertise them when they are not provided. There was a place for the TV's, but they had been removed. (Same for the fridge.) The also advertised two hot tubs. The hot tubs were there but had no water! We paid (a lot) and ate the buffet for breakfast and it was very ample. (The first night we ate dinner in Bergen before boarding.)
The second day we signed up for the Geiranger fjord excursion. It was seven and a half hours, but we all enjoyed it. We were on and off the bus a lot. We were on the English/French bus, and our guide was good. There was a stop for tea and snacks, and the tour ended in Molde were we had a fish dinner at the Rica Hotel before getting back on the ship. The scenery was amazing, especially the Trollsteign Road. The next morning we did the Trondheim tour to the cathedral and the musical instrument museum, and again it was good. We tipped the bus driver and he took us and our luggage on to the train station, which was very helpful. We enjoyed our brief time on the ship, but wondered if we had done the six nights we would have been bored? Probably not on the six (or seven) night, but definitely on round trip. Just us. One further thought. The scenery is why you do this voyage, but their is limited inside seating to view. (Outside, there is plenty.) We could never find a window seat for viewing inside. Many seats in the lounge were taken by backpackers who did not have a cabin.