We were not sure what to think about the Roald Amundsen after reading the reviews posted that we read before our cruise. We were concerned about the expeditions, our cabin and the dining experience/food. We are happy to report that we have very little that we could mention as being even slightly negative about our experience on this 17 day adventure. From the time we arrived in Santiago to spend the first night at the hotel to the return to Santiago airport at the end of the trip, everything was well organized by Hurtigruten. If you want to be up close to the beauty of Antarctica while knowing you will be well taken care of on your trip, than Hurtigruten and MS Roald Amundsen would be an excellent choice!
The Roald Amundsen is a beautiful hybrid ship and the crew does many things to make it "green". They are very conscious of the impact/footprint on the environment. We were each furnished our own water bottle and the ship had multiple filtered water stations on each deck to refill our bottles. They also educated us about what we could and could not do while in Antarctica so as to not hurt the land or the wildlife there.
We were well informed every evening about the next day's schedule for landings and lectures. We were kept up to date every day if changes had to be made due to weather and landing conditions. We were told how to upload their app on our phone to keep informed or they would have a "hard copy" schedule at Guest Reception for us if we wanted one. We loved the lectures and information briefings where we could go to the lecture room in Science Center or watch in the comfort of our cabin while sitting in our very comfortable reclining chairs. A few of the "required" briefings had to be done in person at the lecture room but most could be seen in your cabin via live streaming.
Our cabin was a Polar Outside cabin (#509) that was toward the front of ship on deck 5. It was very spacious and way more room than we needed for two people. Plenty of storage for our clothes and other things. Suitcases fit easily under bed to get them out of the way. We enjoyed the two comfortable reclining chairs in the cabin.
It was a connecting cabin and we never heard any sounds from either cabin next to us. We were able to adjust the cabin temperature with no problem, We believe some of the initial reviews that said the cabins were hot may have been from the heated floors in the bathroom. If the bathroom floor temperature was high and left on all day/night, it would get hot in there. We just turned floors on about hour before showers and then turned off after showers. It was nice to use but not necessary. Bathroom was a good size. The bathroom had a large shower with a door that could swing open.
The cabin had a tea/coffee pot and complimentary tea and coffee. Our cabin also had adequate closet space, a boot dryer, and a stocked mini refrigerator.