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    We were lucky enough to have a few days on Nordlys a couple of weeks ago, doing our usual run from Trondheim to Honningsvåg. This was the second run after her refurbishment and a few things were still being fixed. The staff told us that they were thrilled with the work done for the most part, especially lessons learnt compared to the various other upgrades, and certainly things were more consistent than on some of the other ships - less IKEA. I didn't take any photos of our cabin, but that was certainly very much tidied up, with a comfortable double bed instead of the 'ferry-style' two lower bunks, loads of storage under the bed and in the cupboards, and generally a feeling of being a lot more space and comfort.

    For most of the time the weather wasn't very Norway-like!



    The upgraded Molte Cafe. No waffles this trip - had to wait until we had a 'coffee visit' to MS Nordkappveien.



    The observation lounge at the front (during a port visit, otherwise always busy).





    Downstairs reception (reception either on 3 or 4, never on both, saves staff that would otherwise be needed for the shop I assume).



    And the outside bit behind Molte.

    Cheers,

    Mark.

    www.pologlover.co.uk

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      Bistro has gone, which worried us, but it took us a little while to entirely get the hang of this. The normal 'bistro' menu is available from 1200 to 2100, but served from the Kysten a la carte. That opens in full a la carte mode at 6pm, at which point the 'dagens' disappears from the menu. We had both bistro style 'dagens fisk', and a treat in the a la carte - both were fantastic, possibly the best food we've had on a Hurtigruten, and whilst nothing is cheap in Norway, it wasn't anything like as bad price-wise as we expected.



      These chaps looked sad. And lonely by the time we got to Finnmark. Interesting list on the ship at this point too!



      Not many takers for the other fish tank, although several new cars were lining up to have a go!



      The whole ship was immaculate.



      In the cabin we found this sign. I hadn't really though of throwing strange things into the toilet anyway, but it's always helpful to be sure.



      It was sunny in Bodø (not a sentence I've written too many times before!).



      The lads were playing with the MOB boat as we came into Honningsvåg.



      And Nordlys looked very much at home tucked up between the fishing boats and Viking Jupiter.

      Cheers,

      Mark.

      www.pologlover.co.uk

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        Bit concerned about the '9 car spaces' quoted for the Havila boats, it was quite busy on the car deck throughout the trip, when our car (Twoey) was ready to leave the boat there were plenty of other cars down there waiting for their chance to see some daylight again.

        Cheers,

        Mark.

        www.pologlover.co.uk

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          I very much enjoyed this Nordlys report, Mark. It is heartening to hear and see in your photos that she seems to have come out best in the 'makeovers'. Back in my earliest 'hurtigruting' days she was possibly my least favourite ship of the six of that generation (compared with the total design masterpiece that was Karl Erik Harr's Nordkapp), but Nordlys had some great staff (including my and HurtigruteMartin's favourite on reception).

          Appreciated your very helpful info regarding the changed 'bistro' eating arrangements which you researched so thoroughly!...yum yum
          And such a successful, almost collage-like, image of Nordlys amid surrounding vessels in port which really portrays the true spirit of hurtigruten.

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            Thanks Cecilia. We tend to agree, Nordlys never seemed to be 'the same' as the others, but the crew were excellent, and the makeover seems to have worked well, so she's right up there with the others again now. Certainly the cabin refresh was great.

            Nordkapp was amongst our 'coffee trip' visits this time - we can't explain why, but it feels like we're going home when you visit her - despite never having travelled with her. Even with the IKEA-style Molte the crew are so, so friendly - right from coming aboard to 'thanks for your visit' when we left. She was also the only one of the ships we visited this time that was serving fresh waffles. I know we all have favourite ships, but I think that the Polo family's choice varies depending on what you're measuring!
            Cheers,

            Mark.

            www.pologlover.co.uk

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              Wonderful on board report from the refurbished Nordlys. She has never been my favourite too, but she is looking great right now, and deserves a better ranking on the like-scale.

              I especially like the photo where she is tucked in between fishing boats and the Viking cruise ship: I love this kind of perspective in an image. Great shot and well done, PoloUK!
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