Ms Spitsbergen circumnavigating Svalbard, june 2018, review.

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#1
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We've just spent 9 days on Hurtigrutens ms Spitsbergen on an expedition cruise circumnavigating Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Apart from the fact that expedition cruising is exciting, we were pleasantly surprised by the ship and its crew.
The arctic superior cabin 621 is light and big enough but lacks drawer space and has no couch nor desk. The window blind adequately blocked out the 24 hr summer daylight. The large bed has a soft matress and plenty cushions. Sleep was never a problem but that also might be caused by the long active days.
The restaurant is buffet for breakfast and lunch, diner is somewhat depending on the expedition schedule, sometimes free seating buffet, sometimes first and second seating table service with a fixed 5 course meal. Being norwegian there is a lot of fish every day but no worries there is meat. Give dietary preferences the first diner and they will automaticaly adjust the 5 course meals! Snacks and coffee/thee in the bar from 15:00 to 17:00 hrs. There is no roomservice.
The ships crew/lobby are very nice and polite.
The expedition staff consist of about 8 persons, mixed nationality -danish, norwegian, english, french- and spoke good english/german. Lectures were simultaneously translated for the german group using remote radio and earpeaces although that sometimes malfunctioned.
There is at least one landing per day, sometimes two. Due to weather and ice, one scheduled stop had to be changed to a zodiac ice cruise. That was also the only real bad weather day. The rest consisted of clear skies to cloudy days with no precipitation.
Jackets are provided and are yours to keep. Boots provided as well for the duration and are very good but heavy.
We had a wonderfull cruise . Feel free to ask any questions.
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Thank you for the review. This is a cruise in my bucket list...
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NieuwAmsterdam - East and West Caribien 2013
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Rotterdam 14 day Northcape 2015
Rotterdam 17 day Canary islands 2015
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Zaandam - Alaska 2012 vancouver-seward - vancouver
NieuwAmsterdam - East and West Caribien 2013
Noordam - Southern Caribien 2013
MSC Fantasia 7 day Venice 2014
Rotterdam 14 day Northcape 2015
Rotterdam 17 day Canary islands 2015
Rotterdam 18 day Voyage of the Vikings 2016 Rotterdam-Boston.
Volendam 12 day Indonesia 2016
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Rotterdam 14 day Northcape 2015
Rotterdam 17 day Canary islands 2015
Rotterdam 18 day Voyage of the Vikings 2016 Rotterdam-Boston.
Volendam 12 day Indonesia 2016
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Rotterdam 14 day Northcape 2015
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Great photos!! Thanks for posting.
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12/02/2007 millennium transatlantic
05/03/2008 serenade ultimate alaska
08/22/2008 galaxy east mediterranean
11/29/2008 summit transatlantic
04/19/2009 solstice transatlantic
08/18/2009 equinox ancient empires
11/05/2009 equinox transatlantic
03/14/2010 infinity south america & canal cruise
06/12/2010 eclipse baltic
10/31/2010 eclipse transatlantic
02/27/2011 volendam Australia/New Zealand
05/28/2011 zuiderdam Alaska Inside Passage
10/22/2011 silhouette transatlantic
04/27/2012 maasdam florida to canada
08/22/2012 prinsendam to iceland
10/12/2012 reflection inaugural european cruise
01/11/2013 msc splendida med
04/19/2013 eurodam med splendor
06/15/2013 msc preziosa med
07/24/2013 noordam med explorer
10/12/2013 infinity immersive wine cruise
01/18/2014 msc fantasia canary islands
05/10/2014 oasis ots west caribbean
07/23/2014 nieuw amsterdam med romance
10/02/2014 azamara quest croatia/amalfi
02/19/2015 azamara journey rio to miami
05/27/2015 ncl epic west med
11/28/2015 oceania marina southern seas
04/15/2016 millennium hawaii
05/29/2016 msc preziosa west med
08/19/2016 azamara journey med
08/24/2016 ncl epic west med
10/24/2016 azamara journey arabian gulf/emirates
09/12/2016 trollfjord norway
02/05/2017 constellation vietnam/philippines
06/28/2017 westerdam adriatic dream
10/29/2017 msc meraviglia west med
02/18/2018 koningsdam easter caribbean
02/25/2017 koningsdam southern caribbean
06/02/2018 rotterdam norse legends
07/10/2018 royal clipper west med
10/04/2018 msc seaview west med
01/07/2019 amsterdam panama canal
05/05/2019 veendam adriatic dream
12/01/2019 msc grandiosa west mediterranean
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Thank you for these superlative photographs! Most of us will never get to Svalbard, and I cannot imagine there could be finer photos than these to show us what we will be missing/have missed.