MS Expedition

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Cruise line
G Adventures (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
11 Aug, 2017 - 22 Aug, 2017

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MS Expedition Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Expedition

Year built 1972  /  Age : 45
Flag state Liberia
Builder Helsingor Skibsvaerft og Maskinbyggeri (Helsingor, Denmark)
Class 1B Ice Class Vessel
Owner G Adventures
Operator G Adventures
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
Bergen cruise port

31 May 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Bergen to Longyearbyen
Prices starting
from $6922
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31 May      Departing from Bergen, Norway   
02 Jun     Bergen, Norway   
02 Jun - 03 Jun     Flam, Norway (Overnight)   
03 Jun     Flam, Norway   
03 Jun - 04 Jun     Olden, Norway (Overnight)   
04 Jun     Olden, Norway   
04 Jun     Geiranger, Norway   
05 Jun     Trondheim, Norway   
06 Jun     Torghatten, Torget island, Norway   
06 Jun     Svartisen Glacier, Norway   
07 Jun     Svartisen Glacier, Norway   
08 Jun - 09 Jun     Lofoten Islands, Norway (Overnight)   
09 Jun - 10 Jun     Lofoten Islands, Norway (Overnight)   
10 Jun     Lofoten Islands, Norway   
10 Jun - 11 Jun     Tromso, Norway (Overnight)   
11 Jun     Tromso, Norway   
11 Jun - 12 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Overnight)   
12 Jun - 13 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Overnight)   
13 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
13 Jun - 14 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Overnight)   
14 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
14 Jun - 15 Jun     Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway (Overnight)   
15 Jun      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   


14 June 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Oslo to Longyearbyen
fly-cruise (Oslo)
Prices starting
from $7342
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14 Jun      Departing from Oslo (flight)   
14 Jun      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
16 Jun     Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
17 Jun     Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
18 Jun     Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
19 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
20 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
21 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
22 Jun      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   


14 June 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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14 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 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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21 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 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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28 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 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Oslo to Longyearbyen
fly-cruise (Oslo)
Prices starting
from $7342
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08 Jul      Departing from Oslo (flight)   
08 Jul      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
10 Jul     Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
11 Jul     Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
12 Jul     Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
13 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
14 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
15 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Exploring)   
16 Jul      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   


08 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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08 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 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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15 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 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear
Prices starting
from $4216
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25 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 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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01 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 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Realm of the Polar Pear in Depth
Prices starting
from $5786
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11 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   
Ittoqqortoormiit cruise port

02 September 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
Prices starting
from $10383
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02 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   
Montevideo cruise port

23 October 2017 20 nights / 21 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia
Prices starting
from $13845
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23 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   
Ushuaia cruise port

13 December 2017 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $12692
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13 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   
Ushuaia cruise port

22 December 2017 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $11538
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22 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
Ushuaia cruise port

03 January 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $13845
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03 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   
Ushuaia cruise port

31 January 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $8883
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31 Jan      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   
Ushuaia cruise port

09 February 2018 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $11538
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09 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   
Ushuaia cruise port

21 February 2018 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Prices starting
from $10960
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21 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   
Ushuaia cruise port

05 March 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $11214
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05 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   
Ushuaia cruise port

14 March 2018 9 nights / 10 days, round-trip Antarctica Classic in Depth
Prices starting
from $10383
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14 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