One of six contemporary ships that NCV brought on line from 1993 to 1997, the Nordlys is a small-scale cruise ship with a modest array of public rooms and facilities. It’s only natural that art, decor, and colors inspired by the Northern Lights (“Nordlys”) should characterize this ship. The woodwork, brass fittings, and textiles help make the public areas comfortable and elegant. Throughout the ship you’ll find works by artists with roots in coastal Norway.
One main dining room, the nonsmoking St. Jernesalen Restaurant, hosts three meals daily. Breakfast and lunch, which features the famous Norwegian “cold table,” are self-serve, but the three-course dinner is served in two seatings. The 24-hour Aurora Café has snacks and light meals available for purchase.
Eight grades of cabin are available,. Double beds are available in only in the six suites (no balconies), and all the other cabins have fixed beds and berths. Some cabins also have a third upper berth. A number of cabins are available for single occupancy at a premium. Only 30 cabins are inside, and the remainder, 190, are oceanview (no balconies). Suites feature televisions and mini-bars. The 220-volt outlets require adapters for U.S. appliances.
Cabins range from 86 square feet to 301 square feet.
An excellent way to experience the beautiful Norwegian coastline and its remote coastal towns, the Nordlys is comfortable, and the crew provides attentive service. But the itinerary is the attraction here. Departing from Bergen, she sails roundtrip to Kirkenes, an arctic outpost near the Russian border, stopping at more than 30 uniquely picturesque ports along the way. A special “Crossing the Arctic Circle” ceremony welcomes newcomers to that latitudinal extreme. The journey can also be done one way – seven days northbound or six days southbound.
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