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Richard With
4.0 / 5.0
67 reviews

Outstanding food, superb service, bucket-list excursions and a number of suites which offer a luxury experience
Lower inside cabins are cramped and noisy; no late-night entertainment at all; sauna too small for everyone trying to cram inside
Bottom Line
You'll love MS Richard With if you like great food, cozy cabins, an extensive range of incredible shore excursions and an intimate vibe




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Adam Coulter
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Richard With Overview

Richard With (named after the founder of Hurtigruten), is not a new ship, but it did have a bow-to-stern refresh in late 2018 which has completely changed the ship, bringing it up-to-date techwise, offering cabin types that appeal to cruisers looking for a more luxe experience, a wider variety of dining options, a high-tech multimedia center and new leisure choices, including two hot tubs and a bigger gym and sauna.

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This is a small ship, carrying just 458 passengers, and you'll have discovered it all not long after you board (there is no casino, multiple dining options, shows, a cruise director or even balconies!). However, the point of this cruise is not what's onboard but what you do on land -- and there is plenty of that on offer from snowmobiling, wildlife watching and visiting a marble mine to horse riding, not to mention seeing the fabled northern lights, the main reason people take this journey over the winter months.

Richard With is primarily a "functional" ship (as are all the Hurtigruten ships that ply the1,250-mile Norwegian coastline), with space for cars and cargo, and stopping at 36 ports in five days, some of them for as short as 15 minutes. Passengers onboard are either here for the part coastal voyage (south or north) or the full round trip, 11-day voyage, or they are locals using the ship to hop from port to port.

Having said that, while onboard you are genuinely made to feel like it's your home away from home. The crew make you feel welcome and special. Most are local and all speak exceptional, often accentless, English. Richard With also excels in terms of food, superbly prepared, so fresh you might have seen it caught that day and exceptionally tasty.

It's not "cruising" in the traditional sense, but if you yearn for accommodations as good as you'd find on a premium vessel and want to "upgrade" your experience, Hurtigruten does have a Platinum fare type. This includes a guaranteed mini-suite, turn-down service (featuring fresh towels and water bottles daily) and private airport transfers.

Whether you opt for premium (or go for the "basic" fare), a Norwegian coastal voyage on Richard With is likely to be an adventure like no other you have experienced before.

Top Richard With Itineraries

Richard With
6 night norway cruise

Bergen, Alesund, Molde, Trondheim, Tromso


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Fellow Passengers

Passenger mix is primarily Norwegian, German and French, with all announcements made in Norwegian, English and German. The average age is around 65, with people mainly in groups, though this skews younger during the summer vacation with families onboard.

Hurtigruten Richard With Dress Code

There is no dress code, day or evening. The order of the day is practical, comfortable and, perhaps most importantly, suited to the time of year. Hurtigruten does offer a suggested packing list. For winter: waterproof outers and boots, thermals, a warm jacket, a warm jumper, hoodie and gloves. In the summer, invest in sunglasses and sunscreen, shorts and a hat. Walking poles are recommended at all times of the year, as is a bathing suit for the Jacuzzis and sauna onboard.

MS Richard With Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Main dining room (MDR)
  • Use of the gym, sauna and hot tubs
  • Coffee and tea in MDR
  • Lectures

Not included with your cruise fare

  • Gratuities (cash only, any currency)
  • All drinks beyond dispensed water, tea, coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi

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Richard With Ratings

Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation3
Value For Money4.03.5

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Where does Hurtigruten Richard With sail from?

Hurtigruten Richard With departs from Bergen

Where does Hurtigruten Richard With sail to?

Hurtigruten Richard With cruises to Bergen, Alesund, Molde, Trondheim, Tromso and Geiranger

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Cruises on Hurtigruten Richard With start from £1,399 per person.

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Captain Bodo
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We had always wanted to travel on the Hurtigruten, and so we booked with the Richard With because it had recently undergone a re-fit. Getting to the ship was so simple.... Read More
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Sail Date: Feb 2019
And driving over the bridge in Sortland as the Richard With is sailing along the sound below was a really memorable moment.... Read More
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Cruising Norway
Sail Date: Oct 2019
This cruise and everything about our time in Norway was above and beyond all our expectations We had early unseasonal cold weather with snow which was wonderful for us as we come from a hot & sunny... Read More

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Like the rest of Hurtigruten's Norwegian coastal fleet, Richard With is a working ship that makes calls around the clock, picking up passengers and goods.


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