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anyone have any info? itineraries good? cabins - any singles?
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We sailed on Nordnorge from Kirkenes to Bergen, 7-00. Great trip, nice little ships with almost cruiseliner cabins and comforts.
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West Country, UK
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Even better - no single supplements for some voyages. Bear in mind these are the Norwegian coastal post boats - not cruise liners. You will get more than one port a day in some cases, and many through the night - although I believe what you miss going north, you see coming back south. It is a fabulous journey - very special.
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Portland, Oregon
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Joined Apr 2005
I just attended a great TA seminar on this cruise line. They have a new series of theme cruises, one for just singles! Take a look on their web site. Even though it's during the Fall months, it looks like a lot of fun and the price is right!
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Joined Mar 2007
Greetings:

We are scheduled on the Finnmarken in Nov.'08 for the round trip 11 nites 12 days. As others have stated this is not your "normal" Caribbean cruise ship.

You might want to read other post on CC about the Hurtigruten line.

Have a great trip.

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#7
Kentucky
153 Posts
Joined May 2000
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.
#8
Scotland and Norway
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Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by NanciEA
We paid (a lot) and ate the buffet for breakfast and it was very ample..
I think it is very important to make sure that all meals are included when you take a cruise on the Hurtigruten ships. It keeps the costs down!

Originally posted by NanciEA
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.
We did the round trip and found it relaxing rather than boring. Scenery was great and we just walked around the towns and villages where we docked- didn't take any excursions.
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Kentucky
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Joined May 2000
Hurtigurten will not allow you to include any meals if you are a "port to port" passenger. I had asked to have at least breakfast included when I reserved and they said "no". All meals are included if you are on the six, seven, or round trip voyage.
#10
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Joined Oct 2006
In May 2007, on the Kong Harald, port to port passengers were eating in the dining room. Whether it is permitted or not, may depend upon how full the trip is.

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#11
Gold Coast
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Joined Sep 2007
Port to Port Passengers can buy their meals. However, the cost of meals aren't included in their fare.
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Hurtigruten - Fram - 2014 - Ushuaia to Antarctica, via Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands.
Princess - Ocean Princess - 2013 - Dover to Iceland and Norway, via Shetland and Faroe Islands.

Princess - Ocean Princess - 2012 - Singapore to Sydney
Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas - 2007 - Honolulu to Sydney
Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
Alaskan Marine Highway - 2003 - to most Alaskan ports of call
Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam
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Weeki Wachee, FL
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If you do the round trip, I would recommend doing so on one of the newest ships: Midnatsol, Finnmarken or Trollsfjord. They have 2 forward observation decks with all glass and many seats. There were very few commuters on the round trip we took on the Midnatsol.
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#13
Gold Coast
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We did the Bergen to Kirkenes one way north, but we thought the local commuters added to the voyage atmosphere.
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Hurtigruten - Fram - 2014 - Ushuaia to Antarctica, via Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands.
Princess - Ocean Princess - 2013 - Dover to Iceland and Norway, via Shetland and Faroe Islands.

Princess - Ocean Princess - 2012 - Singapore to Sydney
Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas - 2007 - Honolulu to Sydney
Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
Alaskan Marine Highway - 2003 - to most Alaskan ports of call
Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam
#14
112 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
I am so happy to have found these posts as we are considering one of teh Coastal Cruises- we like the ferry/mailboat aspect , but do appreciate the "heads up" about the indoor seating possibly being occupied by day trippers.


I was wondering if any US cruisers could give us any idea what is involved in getting transport to /from Bergen and the smaller northern towns if one takes a one way cruise. Is there a train option , and air option etc- I suspect we would spend as much getting to and from the cruise ports as we would taking the cruise. Just wondered how you handled it- both in time and in cost?
I think we will have lots of little questions as we are deciding between this and a larger ship that round trips from Copenhagen- probably a little easier to make arrangements, but we think we would like the aspect of the multiple stops at many small towns.
#16
Gold Coast
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Joined Sep 2007
Words can't express just how much we enjoyed the Norwegian Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes. We were fortunate with long sunny days late May. We enjoyed the spectacular views from the glassed in observation decks.

I made all travel arrangements on behalf of my daughter and myself. I flew to Bergen, via Copenhagen. My daughter flew to Bergen, from London. We both flew from Kirkenes, via Oslo, to London (on different flights).

As most people speak excellent English, it is an easy relaxing country to visit.

Norway is lucky it doesn't have Australia's weather or it would be standing room only!!
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Hurtigruten - Fram - 2014 - Ushuaia to Antarctica, via Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands.
Princess - Ocean Princess - 2013 - Dover to Iceland and Norway, via Shetland and Faroe Islands.

Princess - Ocean Princess - 2012 - Singapore to Sydney
Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas - 2007 - Honolulu to Sydney
Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
Alaskan Marine Highway - 2003 - to most Alaskan ports of call
Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam
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Weeki Wachee, FL
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Joined Dec 2000
We want to win the lottery here in Florida so we can stay in Norway in the summer and in Florida in the winter. Hard to decide between Oslo and Bergen as a place to live.
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Toronto, Ottawa Valley ON, and Dunedin FL
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Joined May 2001
Just bringing this thread forward. There was a two-page spread in the Sunday NY Times today (Feb.15/09) on the Hurtigruten, a November trip on the Vesteraalen. Sounded lovely, although I doubt I would go in the winter (we're Canadian, we get enough here!) I'm wondering if the folks who were going in December want to tell us about their experience.

I admit the size of the standard outside cabins has me somewhat dismayed--I'm spoiled in that regard, but am also cost conscious. Anybody tried a mini suite?

If we do this some day, I'm thinking May. Anyone have experience with the weather in the spring? Even April, if it meant saving a huge amount of money. I'd like to have as much light as possible I think, but would probably avoid the June high season just to save money.

I'm also thinking of the larger more modern ships, but interested in hearing about others as well. It sounds like the Vesteraalen has a certain intimacy, I'm wondering if there's a happy medium.
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#19
south
9 Posts
Joined May 2008
I am planning trip for fall of 2009 . Want to go after Sept 15th to get the 2 for 1 fare. How much day light are we loosing by going mid Oct as opposed to mid September. What are the best cabins to not have bunkbeds? What is the issue with TV's. Inside cabins and suites only???
The reviews here have been wonderfully helpful.
#20
67 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
At the equinox (around 21 Sept) there is twelve hours daylight & twelve hours darkness. The length of the day the reduces quickly. The ships call at the same ports north & southbound but many of those by day in one direction will be by night in the other.

On Midnatsol the type N cabins have 2 lower berth beds in a L shaped formation, the one by the window can become a sofa by day. The shower room has a heated floor...

No TVs in N type cabins; believe there are TVs in suites and (some?) inside cabins. However at latitudes around 70 degrees north satellite reception can be difficult! I enjoyed a 12 day vacation from TV.

Don't negelect the winter. The ships are quieter (in Jan/ Feb this year 50% full northbound and 30% full southbound.) The arctic twilight is surprisingly light. We were very lucky with the weather clear and calm, but nobody can predict this. Also there is a greater chance of seeing the northern lights. (we saw them on 5 out of 11 nights)

The special offers tend to be on the newer bigger ships as ther is more spare capacity.

Norway is very expensive, especially for alcohol, so drink water, everybody else does.

Breakfasts and lunches, served buffet style, are the best; dinners (set meal) are adequate, fish is the speciality.