Another change of Ferry on the Newcastle to Bergen route
30 May 2007
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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