Un-Cruise Alaska Itineraries Best Scenic Cruises to the North Cape (Norwegian Fjords): Hurtigruten (any ship sailing the Coastal Voyage route) Why: Hurtigruten used to be known as Norwegian Coastal Voyage, and the line has native familiarity with Norway, its people and its "fjord-scape." We especially like the style and itinerary specifics of these sailings.
One nice touch is the dedicated mud room on several ships, where passengers returning from a hike on a Galapagos island or a trek across the Antarctic snowpack can be comfortably seated at dedicated boot-washing stations and step out squeaky clean without lifting a finger.
The food is excellent, with fresh local seafood taking a starring role.
In the first place, we want what all other cruisers do: we like the ease of having most of the nuts-and-bolts travel details worked out for us; we like the idea of traveling to multiple destinations while unpacking only once; we appreciate top-notch pampering, service and excellent food; and we like the bang for our buck that cruising provides.
But there are a number of aspects that are higher priorities to us seniors than to our younger shipmates: 1.
Atlantic crossings during the heyday of the "Golden Age" of ocean liners.