We've never been on a Cruise before and apparently, you're not supposed to refer to Hurtigruten trips as a cruise, they are Voyages. They are working boats and the local people use them as a taxi/bus service, so they hop on and off at different stops. And even though it stopped several times during the night, we never noticed. (we were on deck 6). There isn't any evening entertainment. The expedition team run a nightly information session which we found really interesting. We were given information about the places we would stop at the next day, some local history etc other than that people sat and read books, played cards, scrabble etc. There was a large bag of knitting available to be picked up by anyone fancying knitting a few rows, there was a table with a couple of jigsaws on, a coffee lounge and lots of seating areas with huge windows so we could take in the scenery which was amazing. Every night the ship provided a street map of the biggest place we would be stopping off at the next day. We found this out by accident, but once we knew about it we found it was useful. The days' itinerary was displayed on screens in various places on the ship. There was a printed hard copy available but staff were reluctant to hand them out. They reasoned that the company have very green credentials and providing paper copies was not ecological. For the same reasons, tea and coffee were served in paper cups except at meal times. Although all the cups were thrown into the same waste bins as any other rubbish. I dont know if they were all sorted for recycling afterwards. Alcoholic drinks were very expensive. We were told that we could take our own alcohol on board but it could only be drunk in our cabin not in any public areas. The cabin was clean and had plenty of storage space. We have nothing to compare it to but it did seem a bit cramped (we had an Artic Superior cabin), saying that we spent very little time in it. The excursions were very expensive and the majority of trips on offer could be done without joining an organised tour. We walked into the towns and visited the places that the tours went to at much less cost. We did go on an excursion to the North Cape, although it was very expensive we couldnt have got there without joining the organised tour. We went late January and it was very snowy, the scenery was spectacular and we enjoyed the trip. The food was plentiful and very fresh, but other than cheese, salad and vegetables there wasnt another vegetarian option for lunch. Breakfast was plentiful and as there was yoghurts, cereal, toast fresh fruit etc there was plenty of choice for a veggie. The evening meal was a set meal, no choices and the veggie option was unusual on most occasions. The evening meal was served, ready plated and you go what you were given. Beautifully presented but not particularly big portions. Certainly, adequate portions but no chance of seconds or extras. We loved the fact that there wasnt entertainment, it was all very relaxed, the scenery was spectacular, we found out some interesting local history, there wasnt a lot of hustle and bustle. Wonderful. Although I wouldnt think it would be the type of trip youd take children on. We had a great time. Its a good choice for scenery and relaxing. If you like lots of activities, entertainment, dressing up and lots of people its not for you
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