Hurtigruten's Destination-Focused Sailings Offer Passengers A Truly One-Of-A-Kind Coastal Experience
Book Your Hurtigruten Cruise With CruisesOnly For Guaranteed Best Prices Plus Exclusive ExtrasHurtigruten has long maintained that its coastal itineraries, set along Norway's astonishing shorelines, are "the world's most beautiful voyages." And it's no idle boast: these sailings – replete with dramatic fjords, majestic mountain peaks, colorful wooden houses, and the dueling spectacles of the northern lights and the midnight sun – offer up some of the most eye-catching scenery on Earth.
Absolutely nobody knows these routes better than Hurtigruten; the cruise line, originally formed as a means of transporting cargo and locals between Bergen, Norway and the High Arctic Circle, has been plying these waters for more than 125 years. And while you're unlikely to pay it much mind once you're onboard, it's important to note that Hurtigruten's cruise ships are still very much "working" vessels, and they'll be carrying freight, vehicles, and area residents from port to port throughout your cruise. Time ashore will vary, as will the length and direction of your coastal journey (some itineraries travel northbound, some southbound, and others sail roundtrip), but you'll find Hurtigruten cruising the region year-round.
Hurtigruten's ships are both comfortable and stylish (that's especially true of the cruise line's newest builds), and the food is simply amazing, but life onboard is relatively relaxed compared to what you'll find on offer from most other cruise lines (i.e. no casinos, select ships do not include a swimming pool, etc.). The emphasis is always on the landscape (Hurtigruten will even go so far as to give you a second cruise for free if the northern lights don't make a single appearance during an applicable voyage), and the cruise line's itineraries aren't limited to Norway, either (Hurtigruten also sets sail for Alaska, Antarctica, Canada/New England, Greenland, and many other destinations).
What Are The Accommodations Like On A Hurtigruten Cruise?
Hurtigruten's accommodations will vary slightly from ship to ship, but broadly speaking your stateroom will fall into one of four major categories: Polar Inside, Polar Outside, Arctic Superior, and Expedition Suite. Classic Scandinavian design – with its emphasis on clean lines and functionality/simplicity – is the order of the day across all four categories, and the amenities you'll encounter are equally basic.
You'll definitely want to spend a little extra time weighing the pros and cons of each category, though, particularly if you find yourself on a strict budget. Hurtigruten's Polar Inside cabins are, even by traditional interior standards, incredibly modest (i.e. two separate single beds, some with upper and lower berths, that convert into seating/a sofa; a simple bathroom/vanity; no television), and while the Polar Outside cabins up the ante some (many are wider, and all of them come with a window/view), they aren't dramatically different from the cruise line's interior grades.
Passengers in serious need of creature comforts will want to look to the Arctic Superior and Expedition Suite categories first: benefits include expanded bathroom amenities, a television, in-room coffee/tea, more living and storage space, and a superior location within your ship (i.e. you'll be perched somewhere along one of its upper decks). Select Hurtigruten ships also include a Grand and/or Owner's Suite featuring up to two rooms; a stereo and min-bar; a bathtub; and a private balcony or bay window.
What's The Food Like On A Hurtigruten Cruise?
A Hurtigruten cruise is not only an amazing nature-based experience, it's an authentic culinary adventure, too.
The cruise line's "Norway's Coastal Kitchen" concept puts the cuisine of the ports that you'll visit front-and-center; daily menus are built around the cities and towns that you'll dock in, with a focus on time-honored Norwegian favorites (including seafood specialties like lutefisk, torsk, and more; it's not unusual, in fact, to see local fishermen delivering the catch of the day directly to your Hurtigruten cruise ship via their very own boats).
Generally speaking, each Hurtigruten vessel includes one main restaurant: both breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style (seating is open), all dinners are served in three courses (at set times, with reserved seating), and all three meals are available to all passengers, including area travelers who may hop on and off the ship along its route. Guests can also avail themselves of hot and cold drinks/snacks in their vessel's café (Babette's, or similar), which is open around the clock (weather permitting, as it features both indoor and outdoor seating).
Depending on which Hurtigruten vessel you select, additional highlights may include the Brygga Bistro (hamburgers, pizzas, and more) and/or the Multe Bakery (freshly baked cakes, pastries, and delicious ice cream; passengers with the bravest of palettes will want to opt for a scoop or two of an exotic flavor like cloudberry, brown-cheese, or stockfish). Full-fare passengers aboard select itineraries are also entitled to dinner with their ship's captain at least once per voyage.
Life Aboard A Hurtigruten Cruise: A Relaxing Pace That Keeps The Focus On Passengers & The Places They'll Visit
If you're the kind of cruiser who can't live without all of the bells and whistles that have become staples of the modern mega-ship – the waterslides, the Broadway-style productions, etc. – then a Hurtigruten cruise is probably not for you. But if you're ready for a completely different experience, Hurtigruten's an unbeatable bet.
Many cruise lines offer travelers a truly immersive experience, but few run deeper than Hurtigruten's. At sea, the atmosphere is casual, and the focus is on the ever-changing scenery, time spent with fellow passengers (including the locals), and preparations for the next port of call. As a rule, there is no regularly scheduled entertainment, and there are no casinos aboard Hurtigruten cruise ships. Passengers can enjoy drinks in one of their vessel's cozy bars or observation lounges, but you'll want to mind the price (only Iceland taxes its liquor at a higher rate than Norway; as a workaround, Hurtigruten permits guests to bring their own alcohol aboard for consumption in their cabins).
Additional amenities/facilities will vary from ship to ship and may include a swimming pool; saunas and/or a Jacuzzi®; an Internet café (with free Wi-Fi); a library; a fitness room or center; a shop or two; and a play area for children. Select Hurtigruten vessels feature the cruise line's complimentary Youth Explorer Program for passengers ages 7 to 13 (daily onboard activities, focused on fun and eco-friendly adventures, that are planned and led by a dedicated shipboard host), and every Hurtigruten voyage features an Expedition Leader/Expedition Team to help guide you throughout your journey (e.g. valuable lectures and presentations while you're at sea, special activities and explorations whenever you come ashore).
The 1893 Ambassador Program: Hurtigruten's Loyalty Program, Exclusively Available To Past Passengers
Hurtigruten extends special benefits to all returning guests via its 1893 Ambassador Program (1893 being the year of the cruise line's inception). Unlike most other loyalty clubs, Hurtigruten's program isn't tiered and guests do not have to earn points in order to accumulate benefits: complete just one short sailing with the cruise line and you'll be eligible to take advantage of everything the program has to offer the very next time you book/sail.
How It Works: Open to any passenger who has already completed any Hurtigruten voyage lasting three consecutive nights or longer. Membership is free, but it is not automatic: past passengers will need to enroll online and must provide a booking/client number at time of enrollment (post-enrollment, Hurtigruten will provide a membership card for use with all future bookings).
1983 Ambassador Program Benefits: A 5% "repeater" discount on your next "Norwegian Coastal" voyage; a 5% "repeater" discount on most other sailings (e.g. an "Explorer" voyage); a 5% discount on select shore excursions (when booked aboard any "Norwegian Coastal" voyage); a complimentary, three-day bicycle rental on select sailings of six nights or longer; a "welcome" basket of treats delivered to your cabin (one basket per sailing).
Better still? These 1893 Ambassador Program benefits are combinable with a majority of the benefits that you'll earn as a member of our V.I.P. Customer Loyalty Club.
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