MS Expedition

MS Expedition Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Expedition

Flag state Liberia
Builder HELSINGOR SKIBSVERFT OG MASKINBYGGERI, DENMARK
Year built 1972
Owner G Adventur
Speed 15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA) 105 m / 344 ft
Beam (width) 19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage 6334 gt
Passengers 67 - 134
Crew 69
Passengers-to-space ratio 31
Decks 5
Cabins 67
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2009
Former names Kattegat, nf Tiger, Tiger, Ålandsfärjan

Review of MS Expedition

MS Expedition is an ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship, owned and operated by the Canada-based travel company G Adventures (former Gap Adventures).

History - construction & ownership

MS Expedition was built as a car and passenger ferry in 1972 as Kattegat for Jydsk Færgefart A/S. The vessel subsequently sailed under the name nf Tiger (P&O Normandy Ferries), Tiger (Townsend Thoresen) and Alandsfarjan (Viking Line), prior to its 2008 conversion into a cruise ship. MS Expedition is ice-strengthened and has an ice class of 1B (two higher classes exist: 1A Super and 1A).

Cruise itinerary program

The Arctic season of ms Expedition usually includes three types of tour. The first starts in Scotland's capital Edinburgh, and visits Orkneys, travels along the Norwegian coast and ends at Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. Expedition's following tours circumnavigate Svalbard island, starting and finishing at Longyearbyen. Season's final tour travels to Greenland from Longyearbyen and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Antarctic season of ms Expedition includes various tours starting at either Montevideo, Uruguay or Ushuaia, Argentina, crossing Drake Passage and traveling along Antarctic Peninsula, calling at the South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands, Weddell Sea and South Georgia. The ship's crew company of 69 includes 14 expedition staff members.

Cabins

Completely refurbished in 2009, ms Expedition boasts spacious cabins, each with ocean-facing windows/portholes and private en-suite facilities. Five different types of cabin (all en-suite) are available. The vast observation decks and common areas provide panoramic views.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The dining room seats everyone at once and offers starboard, port and forward-facing views. It features buffet-style breakfast and lunch, while dinner is a served 4-course meal. Vegetarian options are available, and, when possible, onboard meals feature regional foods bought locally.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

MS Expedition carries a maximum of 134 cruise passengers and travels the polar regions with onboard guides and scientific experts in relevant fields. Numerous shore trips are arranged to see the geology, flora, fauna and landscapes, by using Zodiac Rigid-hulled inflatable boats. The guides are trained in the use of flare guns and rifles in the Arctic, because of the possibility of polar bear encounters. The ship has a heated Mudroom in which clothing and boots can be stored after excursions.

Onboard, there are viewing platforms, a bar, a lounge big enough to accommodate all guests in which presentations and lectures can be given. Live entertainment in the evening is offered in the Polar Bear Bar. There is also a library, computer room, gift shop, gym and sauna. Passengers can keep in touch with the outside via a satellite-linked internet system.

MS Expedition Itineraries 2017

The below listed MS Expedition cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
03 January 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $13845
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04 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
05 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
06 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
07 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
08 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
09 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
10 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
11 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
13 Jan        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
31 January 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $9807
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01 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
02 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
03 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
04 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
05 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
06 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
07 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
08 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
09 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
10 Feb        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
09 February 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $12114
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10 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
11 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
13 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
14 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
15 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
16 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
17 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
18 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
19 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
20 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
21 Feb        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
21 February 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $11307
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22 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
23 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
24 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
25 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
26 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
27 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
28 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
01 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
02 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
03 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
04 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
05 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
05 March 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $10395
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06 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
07 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
08 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
09 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
10 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
11 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
12 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
13 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
14 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
15 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
14 March 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $9807
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15 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
16 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
17 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
18 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
19 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
20 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
21 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
22 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
23 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
24 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
14 June 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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15 Jun        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
16 Jun        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
17 Jun        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
18 Jun        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
19 Jun        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
20 Jun        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
21 Jun        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
22 Jun        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
21 June 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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22 Jun        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
23 Jun        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
24 Jun        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
25 Jun        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
26 Jun        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
27 Jun        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
28 Jun        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
29 Jun        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
28 June 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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29 Jun        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
30 Jun        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
01 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
02 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
03 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
04 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
05 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
06 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
07 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
08 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
09 Jul        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
08 July 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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09 Jul        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
10 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
11 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
12 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
13 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
14 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
15 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
16 Jul        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
15 July 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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16 Jul        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
17 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
18 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
19 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
20 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
21 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
22 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
23 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
24 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
25 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
26 Jul        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
25 July 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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26 Jul        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
27 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
28 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
29 Jul        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
30 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
31 Jul        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
01 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
02 Aug        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
01 August 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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02 Aug        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
03 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
04 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
05 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
06 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
07 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
08 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
09 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
10 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
11 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
12 Aug        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
11 August 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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12 Aug        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
13 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
14 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
15 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
16 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
17 Aug        Svalbard, Arctic Norway
18 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
19 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
20 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
21 Aug        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
22 Aug        Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
02 September 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
Prices starting
from $10383
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03 Sep        Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
04 Sep        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
05 Sep        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
06 Sep        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
07 Sep        Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway
08 Sep        At Sea (Greenland Sea)
09 Sep        At Sea (Greenland Sea)
10 Sep        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
11 Sep        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
12 Sep        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
13 Sep        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
14 Sep        Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresby Sound, Greenland
15 Sep        At Sea (Denmark Strait)
16 Sep        At Sea (Denmark Strait)
17 Sep        Arriving in Reykjavik, Iceland
23 October 20 nights / 21 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia
Prices starting
from $13845
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24 Oct        Departing from Montevideo, Uruguay
25 Oct - 27 Oct        At Sea
28 Oct        Falkland Islands
29 Oct        Falkland Islands
29 Oct 23:00 - 23:00        At Sea
31 Oct 23:00 - 23:00        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
01 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
02 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
03 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
04 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        At Sea
06 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
07 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
08 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
09 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
10 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        Drake Passage, Antarctica
11 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Nov        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
13 December 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $12692
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14 Dec        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
15 Dec        Drake Passage, Antarctica
16 Dec        Drake Passage, Antarctica
17 Dec        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
18 Dec        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
19 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
20 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
21 Dec        Drake Passage, Antarctica
22 Dec        Drake Passage, Antarctica
23 Dec        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
22 December 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $11538
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23 Dec        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
24 Dec        Drake Passage, Antarctica
25 Dec        Drake Passage, Antarctica
26 Dec        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
27 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
28 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
29 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
30 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
31 Dec        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
01 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
02 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
03 Jan        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

MS Expedition Itineraries 2018

The below listed MS Expedition cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
03 January 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $13845
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04 Jan        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
05 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
06 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
07 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
08 Jan        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
09 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
10 Jan        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
11 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Jan        Drake Passage, Antarctica
13 Jan        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
31 January 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $8883
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01 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
02 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
03 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
04 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
05 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
06 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
07 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
08 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
09 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
10 Feb        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
09 February 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $11538
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10 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
11 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
13 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
14 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
15 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
16 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
17 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
18 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
19 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
20 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
21 Feb        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
21 February 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $10960
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22 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
23 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
24 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
25 Feb        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
26 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
27 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
28 Feb        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
01 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
02 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
03 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
04 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
05 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
05 March 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $11214
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06 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
07 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
08 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
09 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
10 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
11 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
12 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
13 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
14 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
15 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina
14 March 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $10383
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15 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
16 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
17 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
18 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
19 Mar        South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
20 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
21 Mar        Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
22 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
23 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
24 Mar        Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina