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  • Corbin, St Sampsons - Commented on this review

    Loved reading this very informative review of life on board Hurtigruten cruise and the variety of ports of call. This has really whetted my appetite to try Hurtigruten myself. I know a little of Norway having cruised from Bergen up to Honningsvaag on Cunard,s Queen Victoria, we frequently sailed passed some Hurtigruten ships. Your review covers a huge amount of ports, what a Wonderful way of experiencing a very beautiful country. Well written, thank you.

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  • Corbin, St Sampsons - Commented on this review

    Loved reading this very informative review of life on board Hurtigruten cruise and the variety of ports of call. This has really whetted my appetite to try Hurtigruten myself. I know a little of Norway having cruised from Bergen up to Honningsvaag on Cunard,s Queen Victoria, we frequently sailed passed some Hurtigruten ships. Your review covers a huge amount of ports, what a Wonderful way of experiencing a very beautiful country. Well written, thank you.

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    • Robson, Durham Commented on a comment by Corbin (03 May 14 07:26)

      Thanks. We too have cruised Norway on Cunard's Q.E. & Q.V. P&O's Aurora & we felt like a complete change to something relaxed and adventurous. We didn't regret it a bit and nor will anyone who can adapt to a more laid back style of cruising.

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    • Green, Norwich Commented on a comment by Corbin (03 May 14 18:23)

      I agree with you that this is a well written review. I note that this has wetted your appetite, so as you seem to like detailed reviews you might like to check some others. We have recently returned, but our experience was very different. We had all our luggage stolen from the Hurtigruten ship after we checked it in, due to their complete lack of security. We have been treated appallingly by Hurtigruten who are refusing to replace our stolen luggage, or compensate us for the ruination of our honeymoon. Anyway, I just wanted to suggest you thoroughly research going on this insecure, extremely expensive ferry before you book.

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  • guy, ORMSKIRK - Commented on this review

    Excellent and informative review, thoroughly enjoyed reading it...Carol.

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  • Green, Norwich - Commented on this review

    Nice to read a detailed review. I'm pleased you had a nice time, as opposed to our awful experience a few weeks later when all our luggage was stolen from the ship after we checked it in, because of Hurtigruten's negligence due to complete lack of security. As you describe, anyone can visit the ship without any security checks, which is lovely until thieves and terrorists come on board. Good that you also described how rough the sea conditions can often be. On both our full voyages we had extremely rough seas with belongings and furniture being flung around, which is not for the faint hearted. I agree that the conditions are not ideal for the Northern Lights. Even with a tripod photos are not good, as the ship moves so much and we had the tripod stolen with our luggage, as well as all our camera chargers and cables etc, so really hopeless for us. Glad you had better food, as ours was barely lukewarm and the buffet was not replenished. Did you have your sheets changed? On our ship the sheets weren't changed for the entire 12 day voyage - yuk.

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    • Robson, Durham Commented on a comment by Green (03 May 14 22:05)

      It's sad that anyone would steal anything belonging to someone else and I agree that maybe it's too easy for visitors to board the ship, although we couldn't have boarded without going through security checks. We were actually among the first few passengers to check in at the Hurtigruten terminal and also in the first batch to board, so the ship was so quiet that anyone leaving with bags would have been spotted easily. It does get very busy in reception when boarding is taking place, but it's very slack of Hurtigruten anyway. If the theft had taken place in the UK the CCTV cameras would have identified the culprits. We had no complaints, but surely Hurtigruten should realise that the cost of compensating you properly through their insurance is nothing compared to the potential loss of customers through bad publicity. Our food was never piping hot, but hot enough for us. Sheets / duvet covers were changed after 6 days, we are certain of that and our cabin stewardess kept things spotless and changed the towels daily as we were mopping water daily. I was lucky and managed to get around 30 decent photos of the lights. I decided not to use a tripod and used a compact waterproof digital camera with a f2.0 lens, set to "Night Scene". It only required me to brace myself against the side of the ship or the rail for 4 seconds.

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      • Green, Norwich Commented on a comment by Robson (04 May 14 00:14)

        Just to clarify there is CCTV footage from the Hurtigruten terminal in Bergen that showed the "visitor" walking with our huge suitcases and the theft was witnessed by staff who said goodnight to him when he left with our 2 suitcases as he handed back his visitors pass. On Nordkapp in Bergen embarkation is not via reception, as with all other ports, but via the footbridge from the terminal onto deck 5 promenade. The theft occurred whilst all passengers were in the welcome meeting, so perhaps the thief knew this would be a good time. On our ship none of the passengers went through any security checks, such as body or bag scans, customary with any other international cruise line. The cruise card scanning is purely a headcount. If you are not a passenger, you just get given a visitors card and are free to roam the ship, including the unlocked luggage areas.

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  • Mason, Altrincham - Commented on this review

    Thanks for the informative review, but NO THANKS! It sounds like the voyage from Hell to me as I can get very seasick. I'd rather fly somewhere up there and stop at a hotel for several days in the hope of seeing the Aurora.

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  • Wallington, Liverpool - Commented on this review

    WOW! What a review Iloved it and now I want to do this cruise!! Very well written you must have taken notes whilst travelling in order to do such a great review. Did you arrange it all yourself or use a TA? The only thing is the cold weather gear so bulky for packing still needs must. Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review, I can tell you enjoyed the experience except the sickness. I will do some research see how I can do this as I am a solo traveller.Thank you so much.x.

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