Roald Amundsen has 13 cabin grades but essentially, there are three main categories: Polar Outside, which have large picture windows; Arctic Superior, in which three of the five sub-categories have balcony; and Expedition Suites, of which there are six sub-categories. All accommodation is outside-facing and half the cabins have a balcony.
Decor is Scandi-cool in shades of cream, chocolate and grey, with pale wood accents. All cabins have a wall-mounted TV with multiple language channels and a decent selection of free movies; a sofa and fleecy Hurtigruten blanket; bathroom with shower and reasonable storage; two double wardrobes, both with two hanging rails (the type where the hangers stack one in front of the other so you can never see what's at the back) and five drawers. One of the wardrobes has boot warmers inside, should you come back with soggy rubber boots. There's a small coffee table and a storage shelf under the TV, as well as two narrow bedside cabinets with a single drawer.
Power points, European voltage of 220w/50hz, are exceptionally generous, with six in the standard cabins, three of which have USB points. Each cabin also comes with a hairdryer. There's also a large bin, with three separate compartments for waste separation.
Bathroom goodies, soap, moisturizer, conditioner and shampoo/shower gel, are custom made for Hurtigruten by Norwegian brand Arctic Pure and come in oversized, fixed containers, which are refilled as part of the line's no single use plastic policy. Towels are plentiful but strangely small; the pool towels are a better size.
As part of Hurtigruten's paper-saving initiative, there's no printed daily programme delivered to the cabin unless you request it; instead you can view it on the Hurtigruten app or on your in-cabin TV screen.
Rooms are cleaned daily but you can opt to "stay green" and skip a cleaning. Each time you skip €0.50 is donated to the Hurtigruten foundation. We're told about 30 percent of guests opt for this. Otherwise, cabins are cleaned in the morning and beds turned down in the evening.
Suites comes with additional perks including dining in the Lindstrøm restaurant, binoculars, espresso machines and in the larger suites, water vapor faux fires, separate living areas and daybeds.
Polar Outside: These are the lowest grade cabins, RR and RS, ranging from 183 to 247 square feet. There are only 12 and they are located aft of the lift lobby on Decks 4 and 5.
Arctic Superior Accessible: Two large, 258-square-foot accessible cabins, TY grade, are located on Deck 5, just aft of the elevators. Extra perks include kettle, tea and coffee making facilities.
Arctic Superior TT grade: These 290-square-foot cabins on Decks 4 and 5 come with a sofabed and coffee making facilities. Because of their larger size, they are the most suitable for families.
Arctic Superior XY grade: This is the most affordable accessible cabin with a balcony, at 204 square feet. It's located on Deck 7. There's only one of these.
Arctic Superior with balcony, grades XT and XTD: This is the largest category of standard balcony cabin (found on Decks 7 and 8), coming in at 204 square feet excluding the balcony, which is deep and has two chairs and a small table. Extra perks include a minibar and bathrobes, as well as tea and coffee making equipment. The XTD grade version are square, rather than long and thin, with wider balconies.
There are six levels of suites with the two MF Entry level rooms sized at 236 square foot and located in the forward corners on Deck 7. They have no balcony, but big windows and lovely touches like a day bed facing the window and two soft chairs by a water vapor "fire" in a glass box.
The most common suite category is the 41 ME grade suites on Decks 8 and 9; these are 215 to 301 square feet, and all come with balcony, generous living space, mini-bar and espresso machine.
Accessible suite, MD grade: This is a large corner/forward facing suite, 376 square feet, on Deck 7, with a balcony on the side. What's clever about this suite is that two small paddock doors lead from the balcony straight onto the open observation deck, so wheelchair users can wheel themselves out to watch whales or look at the view. The only other way up to this deck is via stairs from Deck 6.
Corner suites: There are six of these coveted MC-grade suites, on Decks 7, 8 and 9, each with a hot tub on the oversized aft-facing balcony, which wraps around. Sizes vary from 215 to 323 square feet, excluding the balcony, and extra perks include espresso machines, minibars and bathrobes.
XL Suites: There are two enormous, MB-grade suites aft on Deck 5, 473 square feet, with no balcony but curved, aft-facing windows that flood the space with light, and impressive entertaining space including separate lounge and dining areas and a water vapor fire along one wall.
Even bigger are the two MA-grade suites, forward facing on Deck 9, 495 to 516 square feet with a balcony to one side as well as water vapor fire, separate living and dining space and a large bathroom with tub and shower.