This ship is named for the founder of the Coastal fleet whose pioneering voyages provided regular communication and transit between the remote villages of the Norwegian coast. The art on board, by Eva, Karl Erik and Jan Harr, demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the shore-hugging landscape. The Richard With is one of six contemporary ships that NCV brought on line from 1993 to 1997. Eight Junior Suites, Jacuzzis and an Internet café were introduced in 2006.
One main dining room, the nonsmoking Polar 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 Los Holtes Café has snacks and light meals available for purchase. The panoramic lounges Horisont and Syvstjernen treat you to an unforgettable experience of the surrounding scenery.
Eight grades of cabin are available. Double beds are available in only in the ten suites, 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 36 cabins are inside, and the remainder, 173, are outside. 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.
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An excellent way to experience the beautiful Norwegian coastline and its remote coastal towns, the Richard With 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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