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Another change of Ferry on the Newcastle to Bergen route

30 May 2007
DFDS Seaways took over the Newcastle to Bergen ferry route from Fjord Line last November, renamed the ferry to "Princess of Norway" and gave it two periods in dock during the winter to upgrade it.
From today however, "Princess of Norway" has switched routes with "Queen of Scandinavia" which was operating the Newcastle to Ijmuiden Holland route
"Queen of Scandinavia" will make 3 round trips a week in the summer and 2 trips in the winter between Newcastle England and Stavanger, Haugesund and Bergen in Norway.

We recommend a number of touring trips on the ferry to Norway, including a 1 week round-trip taking the quiet slow ferry routes through Ryfylke, over the moutains and back to Stavanger on the ferry through Lysefjord.

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Queen of Scandinavia arriving in Stavanger for the first time Rumours that the switch is because "Princess of Norway" was not fast enough to keep up the schedule seem strange, as there is only 0.5 knots difference in top speed, and things were not bad after an improvement of turnaround time in port - which was famously slow in the first weeks and months.

So what is the difference?
"Queen of Scandinavia" is five years older (built in 1981), had a major upgrade in 2000, and again in 2006. She is slightly longer and wider, has a top speed of 22 knots (compared to 21.5) and carries more passengers but much fewer cars.
"Princess of Norway" can carry 1290 passengers and 550 cars, against the "Queen of Scandinavia"s 1700 passengers but only 305 cars

Standard cabins (Seaways class) are small, quite bare and look their age but were very clean when we last travelled. Commodore Class cabins are bigger, include a fridge with complementary mini-bar, fruit and breakfast vouchers - and on the "Queen" there is also a lounge just for Commodore Class passengers. Both vessels have just one Commodore De Luxe cabin.

We were quite pleased with the general standard of the restaurants and bars on the "Princess" and thought the level of service was good. A la carte meals were very good although the buffet was not so inspiring. We were not really impressed by either the prices or choice in the duty-free shop. Expect similar on the "Queen of Scandinavia", which has had mixed reviews recently, with suggestions that another upgrade soon might be a good idea.
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