One of six contemporary ships that NCV brought on line from 1993 to 1997, the Polarlys is a small-scale cruise ship with a modest array of public rooms and facilities. The Polarlys is a stylish ship, furnished with mahogany paneling, polished brass, and a choice selection of Norwegian contemporary art, including sculptures and carvings, paintings and glass art. And of course, Mother Nature, the ship’s entertainer, provides an unparalleled view from every quarter of the ship.
One main dining room, the nonsmoking Polarlys 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 Fjorden 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 44 cabins are inside, and the remainder, 172, 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.
The Polarlys is comfortable, and the crew provides attentive service. But the itinerary is the attraction here. Departing from Bergen, she sails north to Kirkenes, an arctic outpost near the Russian border, stopping at more than 30 uniquely picturesque ports along the way. On her return, Polarlys calls on the same ports, but those visited during the day on the northbound voyage are visited at night on the southbound voyage — and vice versa. For passengers who seek immersion in the landscape and culture of Norway, this roundtrip voyage is a compelling choice.
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