MS Expedition

MS Expedition Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Expedition

Year built 1972  /  Age : 46
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 polar 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 cRo-Pax vessel (ar and passenger ferry) in 1972 under the name "MS Kattegat" for the company Jydsk Færgefart. The vessel was subsequently operated under the name "NF Tiger" (by P&O Normandy Ferries), "Tiger" (by Townsend Thoresen) and "Alandsfarjan" (by VIKING LINE), prior to its 2008 conversion into a cruise ship. The vessel's hull is ice-strengthened and ice-classed 1B. Only two higher ice classes exist - 1A Super and 1A).

MS Expedition cruise ship

The ship has a forward-looking sonar that increases its safety by reducing the risk of grounding accidents or collisions with uncharted rocks and reefs. The vessel is also equipped with 4 covered lifeboats (capacity 220 people / all passengers and crew) and 6 liferafts (capacity 150 people).

Cruise itinerary program

The Arctic season of ms Expedition usually includes 3 land tour types. 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.

Antarctic cruise tours on MS Expedition offer itineraries starting from either Montevideo, Uruguay or Ushuaia, Argentina. Cruises include crossing Drake Passage and traveling along Antarctic Peninsula. Thes itineraries visit South Shetland Islands, Falkland Islands, Weddell Sea and South Georgia Island. On all Antarctic voyages, the ship's crew of 69 includes a team of 14 expedition staff members.

Cabins

Completely refurbished in 2009, MS Expedition ship has all-outside cabins. Each of the staterooms has ocean-facing windows (or portholes) and en-suite bathroom. Four different cabin types are available (categories 1 through 4) plus Category 5 Suites (with floor-ceiling windows).

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The dining room Albatross 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.

There is a vast outdoor observation deck (top deck 6), as well as other open-air areas (including the forward Observation Deck / raised viewing platform on deck 4) that provide panoramic views. The large aft-located sun deck (deck 5) has BBQ facilities for alfresco dining and is served with drinks by the Polar Bear bar.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

MS Expedition has max passenger capacity of 134 and cruises in both polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica) carrying professional tour guides and scientific experts. Numerous shore excursions are arranged for cruise passengers to explore the geology, flora, fauna and landscapes, by using Zodiacs (large-capacity, rigid-hulled inflatable boats, each powered by 4-stroke diesel engines). Tour guides are trained in the use of flare guns and rifles in the Arctic due to the possibility of polar bear encounters. The ship has a heated Mudroom in which clothing and boots can be stored after shore excursions. The ship provides complimentary Wellington Boots (leather boots) for the duration of the voyage.

Onboard, there are viewing platforms, a bar (Polar Bear Pub), a full-capacity Discovery Lounge (doubles as lecture hall for daily media presentations and lectures). Live entertainment in the evening is offered in the Polar Bear bar. There is also a library (Lonely Planet), computer room (fitted with internet stations), gift shop, gym and sauna, infirmary (Medical Clinic). Passengers can keep in touch with the outside via a satellite-linked internet system.

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

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   

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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   

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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   

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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   

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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   

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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   

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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   

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