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Sail Date: January 2019
To see auroras. We saw auroras in 5 nights with changing colours n it was intense. Dog sledding was fun. Polar excursion was not fun for me. But rest was excellent. Restaurant staff was awesome. They were funny , witty, ... Read More
To see auroras. We saw auroras in 5 nights with changing colours n it was intense. Dog sledding was fun. Polar excursion was not fun for me. But rest was excellent. Restaurant staff was awesome. They were funny , witty, friendly, approachable. We made some good friends n met new people, they were good. We went to see the northern lights and yes we did see them. It was uthe hirusin, dazzling, dancing. It is something to watch n watch again. You gotta be lucky to see it more than once and we were lucky. Announcement is there so you cant miss it. One thing for those who want to book cabins that sometimes it's not a bad idea not go for rich cabins because you will be out a lot but it's personal preference. If i was not working and I had lot of money I would go with their ship various destinations. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as it was an excellent way to see much of the Norwegian coast in winter. It does not have the usual entertainment of other cruise ships as the Hurtigruten ships are working ships and we found it fascinating to stop at ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was an excellent way to see much of the Norwegian coast in winter. It does not have the usual entertainment of other cruise ships as the Hurtigruten ships are working ships and we found it fascinating to stop at 34 ports in each direction at all times of day and night. The ship was refitted in late 2018 and has a modern airy feel. It could be seen as a little plain compared to some of other ships in the fleet with more opulent décor. WIFI was excellent on board. See below for my cabin review. Breakfast and lunch were both very ample buffets with plenty for all tastes. Dinner was served at a set time with 6 different sittings and your own allocated table. This was an excellent opportunity to try all types of Norwegian cuisine and it was possible to change to a vegetarian option if you preferred. It was not possible to ask for a simpler meal. Few people seemed to be drinking wine at dinner, with the cheapest bottle at almost £50! The waiting-on staff were fantastic, many being trilingual Scandinavians in their 20s. There was no need to dress up for dinner and in fact on the occasions when the Northern Lights were likely to appear, we even wore our warm clothing to the restaurant! The Expedition team were great! They organised talks and demonstrations on-board with plenty of variety to suit most people. The excursions, however, were extremely expensive for the time and content included. We did not join any and preferred to explore the ports we visited with the help of a map and our own research. Had they been cheaper, we would have joined in with some of them. In short...GO if you want scenery and informative talks, peace and a relaxed pace. DON'T GO if you want exciting shows and entertainment, lots to drink and nightlife! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Something different from the Meditteranean. Did some Google research and felt this could be an interesting alternative to meditteranean cruises. Overall very good but there are critiscisms. Ship, staff, cabins, service all excellent. ... Read More
Something different from the Meditteranean. Did some Google research and felt this could be an interesting alternative to meditteranean cruises. Overall very good but there are critiscisms. Ship, staff, cabins, service all excellent. Dining more than excellent with buffets for Breakfast and Lunch, but the single item fixed menu at Dinner would benefit from maybe one additional choice. There is an emphasis on fish particularly cod and salmon with many preperations which would not appear even on a 5 star menu in the UK. Wait staff are very attentive but maybe a little too quick in serving each course if you want a leisurely dinner. There is an "A La Carte" menu in a small seperate dining room but my impression was that you need to be a group to enjoy as any atmosphere was lacking. These critiscims are meant to be positive, I can honestly say I have not had better dining in many a UK restaurant. Entertainment on board is minimal, remember this is a "working ship" and not intended to be a cruise liner with all the bells and jingles of modern cruising. The shore excursions are well organised but a large number are orientated to the "young professionals" and can be quite strenuos not really for the 70+ retirees who might require more comfort. In conversations with other guests the biggest reason for going on this cruise was to see the "Northern Lights" Aurora Borealis. This was also the biggest dissapointment as weather etc. seems to make January a bad month for this activity. In fact weather on this cruise played havoc with several of the shore excursions. I would take this trip again but again the consensus amongst several new found friends was that a tour with shorter periods on Hurtigruten and some Hotel stays at key towns would provide a more interesting itinery. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
It is important to point out that this is not a cruise, but a working ferry that runs Daily from Bergen to Kirkenes, visiting some port in the early hours. If you are a light sleeper, you may find you awake several times in the night, ... Read More
It is important to point out that this is not a cruise, but a working ferry that runs Daily from Bergen to Kirkenes, visiting some port in the early hours. If you are a light sleeper, you may find you awake several times in the night, especially when the side thrusters vibrate going into each dock. This ship had just been refurbished, so the decor was great with a lot of new technology, but had not been finished on time, so we had workman on board through to Christmas Eve, The outside cabins are small, so although expensive, we were so pleased we upgraded to a suite, which are fantastic, with large windows, TV, settee, chairs, fridge & blinds. No safe in the rooms, but you can borrow a hair drier from the reception. The first suite we were given had problems with the lights and after the 4th blackout, we insisted we were moved. I must emphasis that the staff on board this ship could not have been more obliging & helpful, despite suffering huge problems on a daily basis. Although a wine drinker, I must admit I went 12 days without a drop, because I refused to pay £50 for a bottle of wine. Excursions are also expensive, but well organised and easy to book on board. Some of the excursions have to be planned around sailing times, so you may start at one port but taken back on the ship a another port further down. The food on board was excellent and plenty of choice when served as a buffet. Some of the evening meals were served as a fixed menu, where you sat at a specific table with no choice of alternatives. I was a vegetarian, but knew that with such an abundance of fish . meat, my choices would be limited. I made sure I filled up during the breakfast & lunch periods. One evening, my meal was a bit of salad with a tomato. followed by a bowl of soup as my main course and a small bowl of ice cream for desert. If I had to highlight what was best, I would say the "Expedition Team of 3". They worked so hard, in such a friendly way to make sure we were informed, knew what was available & shared with us so much knowledge about Norway, Food, Culture & much much more. They spoke fluently in English, German & Norwegion. They were fun and it was like a big happy family event. I could moan about some issues, but all the staff did their best to make you happy. The country is beautiful, even with the limited light hours. I was amazed that if you came up to a road, the local drivers would always stop & let you cross. Shops were not crowded, you never saw any drunks (even at Christmas), no traffic jams, no homeless and Oh - no Northern Lights. Despite information about this ship, they did have two hot tubs at the back of the ship (deck 4). There is no evening entertainment, but they did bring on a pianist on board and although she could play the piano, her singing switched octaves on a regular basis and although she asked us to sing along with her, the words shoe sand was different to everyone else. They have a fitness room on board, but walking is limited ashore, especially on the southern journey back. You can walk around the ship (deck 5), but when you are on the open sea, it is very difficult to walk around the bow end, for fear of being blown along the deck. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Done this voyage before, couldn't wait to do it again, not disappointed. If you want beautiful scenery, calm and relaxing voyage, no glitzy entertainment, TV or radio, mostly mature and intelligent fellow passengers, ie they're ... Read More
Done this voyage before, couldn't wait to do it again, not disappointed. If you want beautiful scenery, calm and relaxing voyage, no glitzy entertainment, TV or radio, mostly mature and intelligent fellow passengers, ie they're there for the same reason as you, then this is the trip for you. No need to 'dress' for dinner, just dress for comfort and the weather. Take a good camera, binoculars, plenty of layers for the different weather from north to south, plenty of Krone for adhoc purchases. Choose your excursions wisely and don't try to cram in too much, but the North Cape and Taste of Vesteralen are a 'must'. Don't forget the seasick tablets in case of choppy weather. Hop on and off at all the little stops, even it just for 5 minutes, you'll be amazed at what you see. Amazing gallery and museum where the ship stops for the North Cape excursion, visit if you have the time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Smooth embarkation in Bergen and an offer to upgrade to a suite set the standard for this travel! Luggage was properly retransferred to the new cabin while we left Bergen comfortably seated in deck-chairs bathed in the afternoon sun ... Read More
Smooth embarkation in Bergen and an offer to upgrade to a suite set the standard for this travel! Luggage was properly retransferred to the new cabin while we left Bergen comfortably seated in deck-chairs bathed in the afternoon sun (uncommon for Bergen as this is a really rainy city!). The first of many very good dinners was then enjoyed in the restaurant. The dinner menues were prepared to use mainly local food from the actual region we sailed along each day. One dinner was even completely vegetarian; a bold but successful grip. The breakfast and lunch buffets were abundant. There are several activities that one may attend: the Explorer team may accompany you on foot, by bus or even small expedition boats. We did not use any of these as we preferred walking on our own when we had the time during city stops; We mananged to walk to the cathedral Nidarosdomen (Trondheim), the National Air Craft museum (Bodø) and nearly up the hill to Aksla (Ålesund), the latter actually involved quite brisk walking as the ship was mostly 15 minutes delayed to every port so the port-time was consequently shortened. We really enjoyed sitting on the deck, the view of the fjord- and mountain- landscape meditatively passing by was relly relaxing, (Fortunately the internet Connection was good enough to do some computer work in between when we had some cloudy hours..) This ship was suitable for perons using wheel-chairs, althoug a young man balancing the coffee cup in his lap while manoevring his slim wheeler looked very risky on a somehow rolling ship. He even managed rolling by himself down the steep gangway to Svolvær (backwards, gripping the rail). Disembarking in Harstad following a last early breakfast ended our journy. We will be back; preferably pursuing the Norwegian coast line up to Kirkenes the next time! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We always wanted to see the norwegian fjords. Very important for our decition for hurtig ruten, MS Richard With: - small ship, not a "classical" cruise ship with animation and many people - you can choose, if you want ... Read More
We always wanted to see the norwegian fjords. Very important for our decition for hurtig ruten, MS Richard With: - small ship, not a "classical" cruise ship with animation and many people - you can choose, if you want to join the excurtions - the cabins are quite big - offer to upgrade cabin - excellent Restaurants with local specialaties - no agrassive Entertainment - you can stay on your one, if you want to - Casual, even at dinner-time - environmentally friendly ship - very nice, kind an professional staff We took the "southbound" from Kirkenes to Bergen. The travel to the embarcation port was organised by ourselves (we diceided quite shortly to do this journey). Embarcation went smoothly, we even got an offer to upgrade the cabin, that was geat! Disembarcation in Bergen was perfectly organised. Busses bring passengers to the City or to the Airport. Anyway: we decided for a taxi. This ist a trip recommended to individualists, if you don't like to join crowds. Relax on deck an watch landscape in the midnight sun. You can also have a more active trip, if you joinall the offered excursions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Spectacular views, OK staff, but terrible, stingy organization. Truly irritating experience booking excursions. The agents constantly referred us to the online info. However, the online information was wrong, and had been wrong since ... Read More
Spectacular views, OK staff, but terrible, stingy organization. Truly irritating experience booking excursions. The agents constantly referred us to the online info. However, the online information was wrong, and had been wrong since before it was published online. We recommend you verify any of your important assumptions with a human, even if you have to push them to great confirmation from management in Norway. The incorrect information led us to choose to travel in the more expensive summer season. When we complained we got the standard "tough luck" answers. However, we continue to push and eventually got a substantial on board credit. Hurtigruten never actually told us about it, so we didn't discover this until the last night when we got our bill. If we hadn't chosen to book excursions on the ship, the credit would have expired unused. On checking in, the agent told us our cabin was ready. Wrong! We were assigned a ridiculously early dinner seating. However, we were told this could be altered the next morning. It turns out that this was only true if you wanted to eat very early or very late. The ship consistently arrives late (presumably to save on fuel costs) but leaves on time, so actual time in ports of call, excursions and sightseeing diversions are significantly shorter than advertised or even cancelled. The ship may pick up large tour groups for some of the more spectacular parts of the cruise. When this happens, the ship becomes intolerably overcrowded. The next day's schedule is only available on TVs, requiring you to watch 5-10 minutes of stuff to find the 5 seconds worth of information you actually want. Food had much emphasis on local food. Unfortunately, there is only so much you can do with dried cod and salted lamb. Cabin was small but well organized There was a series of lectures given by members of the expedition team. While well meant and often entertaining, the lectures on wildlife and geology were often factually incorrect. Stinginess all over from elevators much too small to handle the number of passengers to coffee and tea not being free between meals We suggest Regent Seven Seas or Meine Schiffe as an alternative. If you are willing to drive, the Norwegian road system is excellent and goes everywhere the cruise goes. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Our experience on the Richard With exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and fabulous. The cabin was comfortable and the public rooms very nice and attractive. The scenery must be the best in the world.! The crew could not have ... Read More
Our experience on the Richard With exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and fabulous. The cabin was comfortable and the public rooms very nice and attractive. The scenery must be the best in the world.! The crew could not have been more pleasant. Of course alcohol bought onboard was expensive but it is everywhere in Norway. The breakfast & lunch buffets were out of this world, and the served meal in the evening very tasty. If you saw something on the menu in the morning you did not like, you could ask for something else for that evening. The ports were interesting, the embarkation easy, the talks interesting. Disembarkation in Kirkenes was a bit slow and crowded but not a problem. I think this was unusual. We did not take any excursions but liked to wander around ports on our own. We were lucky with perfect weather. Mu husband says that everything was "splendid, an extraordinary time, and we enjoyed it thoroughly." The 6 nights were expensive in our view at first but by the end we felt it was good value for the money. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
A wonderful way to see the Norwegian coast in comfort. It would be a completely different experience in summer - many people were on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th trip. It is essential to do the full Bergen to Kirkenes and return voyage to ... Read More
A wonderful way to see the Norwegian coast in comfort. It would be a completely different experience in summer - many people were on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th trip. It is essential to do the full Bergen to Kirkenes and return voyage to make the best of it. Remember this is not a cruise, it is a working boat stopping frequently. Make sure you are on one of the newer boats and that it has an expedition team. They organise trips, lectures, daily programmes and are generally very helpful. All announcements were in Norwegian, English, German and French. If you leave the intercom on in your cabin you will be told when the Northern Lights are to be seen. Cabins are small and basic, but comfortable. Outside cabin essential. Food is old-fashioned and wholesome, a little heavy on salt, perhaps that comes from centuries of eating salt fish. Plenty of choice at the breakfast and lunch buffets, lots of fish, good soups. Set menu and time for waiter service dinner, 3 courses with no choice but show casing good local products. Alcohol so expensive (wine £10-30 a glass) it is better to stick to the free table water. There are a few activities, films, lectures, story-telling and some notable sights are pointed out. Talks about the next days sights are helpful. Excursions are ridiculously expensive (£100-300), you really must be sure it's something you want to do. We went on a bus trip across the islands which was spectacular with a good guide. At any of the stops of an hour or more you can get off and walk around, the boat is usually moored in the centre of town. Taxis are also available to save time to go to sights in larger towns, e.g. the cathedrals in Tromso and Trondheim. In winter streets are not cleared of snow and ice so boots and care are needed. Crew all helpful and efficient. If booking a package from the UK with flights from local airports beware. The Germania charter flight and transfers from Leeds/Bradford were one of the worst travel experiences. An uncomfortable plane full, of mostly elderly, people who had to stand for far too long at every check-in. At Bergen the luggage took over an hour to arrive (no seats), then at the terminal there were only 2 people to check in 3 buses arriving at the same time. On return we were dropped at Bergen airport 4 hours before the flight and told that check-in would not start for 2 hours, there were 30 seats for 150 people. Fortunately the Hurtigruten rep managed to get check-in open, although it took over an hour to check-in with many people standing all the time. Then at Leeds/Bradford (surely one of the worst airports) escalator to baggage collection not working, and luggage took almost an hour to arrive. When asked why the people on the flight which arrived after ours had collected their luggage and left, the staff said that they had less than 4 hours notice that our flight was arriving and no staff were available to unload. On trying to leave through customs the exit doors/gates repeatedly stuck with people trapped inside. A waiting onlooker said it had been going on all evening. Then a stressful car park experience with no signs to the exit and a gate system which did not recognise our number plate ("because it is not in the centre of the car") or the code on our booking. Read Less
Richard With Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 1.0 2.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 1.0 2.9
Family 2.0 2.9
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.8
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.7

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