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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I went on this cruise to see the Norwegian fjords. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. The old small ship was beautiful and the tour route, staff, food and comfort were all first class. I made friends from all over the ... Read More
I went on this cruise to see the Norwegian fjords. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. The old small ship was beautiful and the tour route, staff, food and comfort were all first class. I made friends from all over the world but there was also plenty of time to be on your own if that was wanted. It was exceptionally well organised and I didn’t have a single grumble. The food was out of this world and beautifully served. In the evening it was a set menu but buffet for breakfast and lunch. In particular I enjoyed the fresh fish and the delicious desserts. Although my cabin was small it had everything I needed and was cosy. The boat was so clean even though it was very old and great care and attention was made of this. The route taken was perfect and every day was a completely new experience. Can’t wait to do it again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I am Norwegian by birth but 50 year US citizen (Seattle), educated in Norway and Denmark as Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. For years I have cruised in my own boats the entire Northwest Passage (Seattle to Sitka). Only two additional ... Read More
I am Norwegian by birth but 50 year US citizen (Seattle), educated in Norway and Denmark as Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. For years I have cruised in my own boats the entire Northwest Passage (Seattle to Sitka). Only two additional such long and naturally protected passages from the ocean swell excist on earth: the Norwegian Coast and Patagonia (Chile). The nature, weather and the people living there are very different between them. Next I wanted to see the Norwegian Coast. Hurtigruten's Classic Voyage looked to be perfect. They serve this Voyage with 11 ships, one each day for the 11 day round trip from Bergen (Norway) to Kirkenes (near the border to Russia) back to Bergen. It is the continuation of the 130 year old Norwegian Royal Mail route, now docking at 34 towns and communities with mail, cargo and passengers each way. Being passenger onboard you become aware of being part of and intimately witnessing the daily life along this incredible coastline. My ship, M/S Lofoten, is the old lady of the fleet and a real ship in my mind (we are of the same vintage, if you will). She is small, ship-like and filled with old fashion marine qualities and charm. Her Captain Eivind Sande, his officers and crew were skilled in making me feel at ease, at home and become part of their ship as the spectacular nature presented itself very close-by on the outside. Visually it is an intense and changing experience at the same time as it is peaceful and calming. All 11 Hurtigruten ships offer the same large variety of optional excursions, but if the excursions are the main attraction for you, the larger vessels (about 500 beds versus Lofoten's 151) might be a better choice. For us, some excursions were cancelled for lack of participants, but most were completed and all of those were excellent. I had high hope and expectations for this cruise, and as it unfolded my "M/S Lofoten experience" surpassed it all. A fantastic ship and ship experience in a spectacular nature very near by. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We have done the trip from Bergen to Kirkeness and back 4 times now, both in Summer and Winter months. Each trip is different....each trip is incredible. This time we chose to sail on Hurtigruten's oldest Ship, Lofoten, built in 1964 ... Read More
We have done the trip from Bergen to Kirkeness and back 4 times now, both in Summer and Winter months. Each trip is different....each trip is incredible. This time we chose to sail on Hurtigruten's oldest Ship, Lofoten, built in 1964 and still using the original engine (which sings you to sleep every night). A small ship by modern standards, it's 1960s decore holds a great amount of charm...memories of less complicated days perhaps. The crew worked extremely well together, making sure all our needs were met and that we felt valued as guests. Every inch of the ship is immaculately clean, every crew member is helpful and polite. This is an old fashioned ship with old fashioned standards of service (some would say - but this is what we have come to expect from Hurtigruten). Not a Cruise Ship, this is a working boat....so not for those who want onboard casinos and nightly entertainment. But for those who wish to see the wonders of the Norwegian land and seascapes.... do take earplugs if you require silence at night (as I said before - the engine sings to you) and enjoy a voyage to remember. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Friends who had done this Norwegian Coastal Voyages trip told me about it. I don't go on cruises but I liked the idea of going on a working ship without the usual on board entertainment. I chose the Lofoten because it was a small ship and ... Read More
Friends who had done this Norwegian Coastal Voyages trip told me about it. I don't go on cruises but I liked the idea of going on a working ship without the usual on board entertainment. I chose the Lofoten because it was a small ship and it sounded like it had character, though I was a bit worried about the lack of stabilisers. The Norwegian scenery was wonderful, helped by the unusual good weather we had. The Lofoten itself totally lived up to my expectations. I loved the décor, and the friendly informal atmosphere on board. I had a Polar Outside cabin and paid a single supplement, The cabin was small but it was OK. The cabin is basically just for sleeping in after all. If all you want to do is sit somewhere there are plenty of places on board ship. There was no onboard entertainment, which for me was part of the attraction. But that won't suit everybody. The food was excellent. There was obviously a lot of fish but it was wonderful. Breakfast and lunch were buffet, and at dinner there was a set menu. The staff in the restaurant were friendly and helpful, and added to the atmosphere. The excursions are expensive, well Norway is expensive, but I enjoyed the ones I did. Feedback from other passengers on trips I didn't do was also very positive. There were a couple of occasions when the ship was rolling from side to side. I was OK but one or two passengers were seasick. Anyone prone to travel sickness should take seasickness medicine with them. I would like to do the trip again, but at a different time of year. If I manage that then I will definitely choose the Lofoten again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Hurtigruten are upfront and honest that MS Lofoten is not a luxury liner. She's an old, working cargo ship, but that was definitely part of the charm. This was my first cruise and it certainly met all my expectations. I took the five ... Read More
Hurtigruten are upfront and honest that MS Lofoten is not a luxury liner. She's an old, working cargo ship, but that was definitely part of the charm. This was my first cruise and it certainly met all my expectations. I took the five night North to South fjord cruise, embarking at Kirkenes. Hurtigruten organised all the transfers I needed and all were done smoothly and at what turned out to be pretty reasonable prices (you're in Norway though and nothing is cheap). Embarkation was easy - checked in, on board charge card sorted and off to the cabin pretty quickly. Cabin - I had a basic outside single one. There is very little storage space, but you don't have any fancy frocks to hang up, so that wasn't an issue. Whilst it was tiny, it was only for sleeping in and was very clean, with a comfortable bed. Dining - You would have to be a very fussy eater to not find plenty of food to enjoy. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with free seating. Unsurprisingly, fish features at both meal times and it was all excellent. Dinner is in two sittings with an assigned table. The menu is a set menu, but you only have to let the restaurant staff know of any dietary requirements and everything is taken care of for you. Alcohol is expensive, but no more so than on land. I bought one bottle of wine and it lasted me all five nights, being stored in the galley for me. Excursions - I only did one trip organised by Hurtigruten - breakfast at the North Cape. It was excellent, and considering the food we had and the distance we travelled to meet up with the ship, probably decent value. Other people seemed happy with the trips they did. I'm not aware of any entertainment, but then that's part of the charm of MS Lofoten. All the crew I met were great too. Obvious pride in working on MS Lofoten, friendly but not intrusive. The standard of cleanliness is high, with all passengers returning from shore being given a handful of sanitising gel as you step back onto the ship. This ship has no facilities for children so would probably be unsuitable for any who don't also want to enjoy the views and relax. If you like a ship with lots to do, it'll be unsuitable for you as well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I choose to sail with the Hurtigruten MS Lofoten. I want the experience of a small ship with not so many people on board. And since I heard about the Hurtigruten(20 years ago), I am saving to book it. The meals where excellent. ... Read More
I choose to sail with the Hurtigruten MS Lofoten. I want the experience of a small ship with not so many people on board. And since I heard about the Hurtigruten(20 years ago), I am saving to book it. The meals where excellent. Eating the food from the coast of Norway were we were sailing. A lot of fish, what every time was lovely. But for the ones who doesn't like fish, enough other products. Breakfast and lunch was buffet, warm and cold food. The diner had a 4 meals course. I have a food allergy. That was not an problem. By every food on the buffet stood allergy information. And if I want I could ask for some plain food with the buffet. Never needed to. More than enough to eat. By the diner I get sometimes other dishes. The service was very friendly. Always trying to help you with questions or problems. I have seen a lot of ports, sometimes for a few hours, sometimes just 10 minutes. But for me was that not an problem, I have to go back to this lovely citys. I really want to see the northern light. If I choose to book it, I will use the hurtigruten again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
A rave review by a close friend about the old world charm and the limited number of passengers on board the MS Lofoten (built in 1964) persuaded us to choose this ship for our Norwegian cruise. Bergen, the charming coastal town with its ... Read More
A rave review by a close friend about the old world charm and the limited number of passengers on board the MS Lofoten (built in 1964) persuaded us to choose this ship for our Norwegian cruise. Bergen, the charming coastal town with its colourful higgledy piggeldy wooden buildings is the departure point and is worth the visit on its own, so make sure you allow a couple of days before or after your cruise to have time to explore it. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. If you are expecting/wanting luxury and entertainment then this is not the ship for you. This is a coastal passenger and cargo ferry not a cruise ship. Nor is it suitable for those with disabilities as this ship has no lifts. Due to the age of the vessel the cabins are small and basic with many having shared facilities. We upgraded to one of the 4 cabins on the saloon deck which had a small en suite and 2 large windows. The cabins on the lower decks were smaller and could be more affected by engine noise. As most of our time was spent out on deck (the upper deck areas were sheltered by clear screens from the cold wind) or in one of the comfortable lounges, the cabin size wasn't an issue. With only 150 passengers on board we never felt crowded and were able to get to know our fellow travelers. Watching the stunning scenery (the ship is always close to shore), reading, talking, playing cards and the occasional talk given by the tour leader comprised most of the on board entertainment. The crossing the Artic Circle ceremonies were a lot of fun and the demonstration by the Chef on several different ways to prepare raw salmon was both interesting and tasty! Every day there was the opportunity to go ashore for either self guided walks or for (very expensive) excursions. The excursions vary depending on the time of year eg we were able to visit the incredible Snow Hotel in Kirkenes which is only open for a few months of the year. Others did the husky sledding and the snow shoeing excursoons. Opportunities for shore visits seemed better on the northbound leg than on the southbound leg so If you are planning to do only one way I would suggest going from Bergen to Kirkenes. Do expect to put on weight while on board. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with dinner being a set menu. If you like seafood you will be in heaven. If not there is still a wide variety of food to choose from. Sadly all alcohol was very expensive with the cheapest bottle of wine costing approximately A$80 per bottle ie beyond our budget. I am sure our livers were glad of the rest! It is worth buying the coffee and tea and wifi "package" beforehand. I don't think children would find enough to do on this ship. Most of the passengers were in the 55-75 age bracke though I think that younger adults would really enjoy it too. This ship doesn't have stabilisers and there are a few sections where we were in open water for a couple of hours. The information about the ship on the website did let us know this and as we are prone to sea sickness we came prepared with medication. The Daily program let us know when we were about to cross open water giving us plenty of warning to take the tablets beforehand so we had no problems. We would love to go again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
The Lofoten is the oldest (1960s) ship of the Hurtigruten fleet & quite a different experience to their modern, cruise ships. It was absolutely beautiful, full of character & charm with the old wood & brass throughout. The ... Read More
The Lofoten is the oldest (1960s) ship of the Hurtigruten fleet & quite a different experience to their modern, cruise ships. It was absolutely beautiful, full of character & charm with the old wood & brass throughout. The smaller ship was extremely friendly, warm & welcoming - both crew & passengers. Please be aware there is "nothing" to do except watch the breath-taking scenery go by & read your book - which was perfect for me! The ship does not have modern cruise facilities (shops, gym, pool etc) but truly doesn't need them. It make short stops along the coast & out into open water & up into the Barents sea with a couple of longer (only a couple of hrs) stops at Alesund, Tromso, Bodo, Trondheim, Honningsvag, Kirkenes. I did the 1 wk journey from Bergen to Kirkenes. The cabins are small but perfectly adequate, well designed & spotlessly clean. The food was excellent with a buffet breakfast, buffet hot & cold lunch & a served set dinner. Please be aware it is a working ship & can be noisy & doesn't have stabilisers so can be rocky but this all adds to its charm. I took the Tromso & North cape excursion which were both excellent but please do check the excursions as many can be done yourself by simply walking into town for a fraction of the price. The weather was variable but again ALWAYS beautiful, & quite changeable, even the snow. (The ship is always toastie warm) We saw the Northern lights 2 evenings. Overall it was absolutely fantastic & I couldn't praise the ship / crew / experience highly enough. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
The Hurtigruten ships carry freight and passengers daily between many little towns along the coast of Norway. I travelled northbound, from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter and it was a beautiful trip. The days got shorter and shorter until the ... Read More
The Hurtigruten ships carry freight and passengers daily between many little towns along the coast of Norway. I travelled northbound, from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter and it was a beautiful trip. The days got shorter and shorter until the last day only had one hour of shimmering daylight. The whole coast was snowy white but the water doesn't freeze due to the warm gulf stream. The weather was really quiet and so was the sea. Due to it being cloudy I only saw a little bit of Northern Lights, twice. But I really loved standing out on the deck in the dark, looking for the lights. (and the meteorshower was also a great sight!) MS Lofoten is a beautiful old ship and I really loved being on board. There's always something to do or see so no chance to get bored. Daily programs are available at the reception and they follow it almost to the minute! The trip is full-board and all the meals were excellent, with lots of fresh salmon prepared in all sorts of manners, and local specialities like herring and cheeses. Also fresh breads and fresh fruits at breakfast. You can order wine per glass. Prices are quite high but similar to those on land. This is due to Norwegian taxes and not because the company is overpricing. Shared showers are kept clean and the water is always warm. The tapwater is drinkable and it tasted good and fresh. An extra bonus are the meetings with the tourleader. They are adding extra value because you get a lot of information about all things concerning the voyage such as the ship, the fleet, the weather system and the preparing of local foods. So if you hear an anouncement about something happening in the bar or on the flightdeck you should definately join! Books in different languages can be found in both panoramalounges, in a big wooden box or in a crate. Wifi worked fine most of the time. You can get off the ship and have a look in the villages as long as you're back onboard 10 minutes before departure. At many times the streets were covered in ice so don't forget to pack icegrips to put under your shoes. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
The Lofoten is a proper ship and there isn't the usual "floating hotel" level of activities and facilities. But there is a bar, a cafe, a very good restaurant and the scenery is outstanding. As she's a small vessel there is a lot ... Read More
The Lofoten is a proper ship and there isn't the usual "floating hotel" level of activities and facilities. But there is a bar, a cafe, a very good restaurant and the scenery is outstanding. As she's a small vessel there is a lot of noise. I had one of the 400-cabins on the saloon deck and still had some engine noise and vibrations. I'd stay away from the rearmost cabins on the 100- and 200 decks as the noise was extremely loud in the corridor. Unfourtantly I got sick on the second day and spent most of my cruise in the cabin, but it seemed as most of the other passengers made a lot of new friends. The majority were older people 50 years old an above, but also a few younger. Most were German or American. The food is great and stepping on the scale once I got home it seems like I have to go on a diet. There are plenty of excursions to take part in, but to me most of them seemed pretty overpriced. I had intended to take part in at least one, but as I got sick I never did. Read Less
Lofoten Ratings
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Cabins 2.0 3.4
Dining 3.0 4.6
Entertainment 1.0 2.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.1
Family 1.0 3.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 2.5

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