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MS Fridtjof Nansen Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Fridtjof Nansen

Builder Kleven Verft AS (Ulsteinvik, Norway)
Year built 2019
Owner Hurtigruten AS
Length (LOA) 140 m / 459 ft
Beam (width) 24 m / 79 ft
Passengers 530 - 600
Cabins 265

Review of MS Fridtjof Nansen

Launched in 2019, (still under construction at Kleven Yards, Norway), ms Fridtjof Nansen is the second the two new hybrid powered expedition ships, part of the Hurtigruten fleet. The first two newbuilds were named “Roald Amundsen” and “Fridtjof Nansen” after the most influential Norwegian polar pioneers from the era when the company first started offering adventure travels. The ships are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

History - construction & ownership

Hurtigruten (translated as "Express Route") is a daily freight and passenger shipping service along Norway's northern and western coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. Often referred to as "Norwegian Coastal Express", the ships of the line sail nearly the entire length of the country and complete their round-trip journey in 11 days. The cruise has been described as "World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage," and features highlights including the Lofoten Islands, the Hanseatic League city of Bergen and the Geiranger fjord. Hurtigruten has around 2% of the worldwide cruise market.

The 530-passenger cruise ship Fridtjof Nansen holds the highest safety standards. MV “Roald Amundsen” and MV “Fridtjof Nansen” are the first of Hurtigruten’s new class of specially constructed exploration vessels for voyages in polar waters. The ships are designed by Rolls Royce and feature strengthened hulls for traversing ice.

The hybrid technology offers fully electric propulsion option for shorter time periods. The new battery technology contributes to the significant reduction of CO2 from the cruise ships. The new solutions contribute to a 20% reduction of fuel consumption. In total, the two newbuilds will feature a reduced CO2 emission of 6400 metric tons annually compared to traditional vessels. In perspective, it is the same amount of yearly emissions that is created by 5540 new cars.

Cruise itinerary program

The itinerary program of ms Fridtjof Nansen, the second next-generation expedition ship of Hurtigruten, will be announced in November 2016.

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Most Fridtjof Nansen staterooms are Oceanview rooms. There are a total of 265 staterooms aboard, with the largest being the Grand Suites (400 ft2). These are with one or two rooms, and have private balconies, separate sitting area, queen beds and Internet access.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Breakfast and lunch on the Fridtjof Nansen ship are buffet-style and open-seating. The serving area is situated in the center of the ship's restaurant in a square formation. Meals are spread out over a couple of hours, so the dining room is seldom crowded. Some dinners are open seating self-service buffets, while others are plated meals served in one or two seatings, depending on how full the cruise ship is.

Follows the complete list of ms Fridtjof Nansen restaurants and food bars.

  • The Restaurant (dining room with large floor-ceiling windows, buffet station in the middle and outdoor seating area)
  • The Bistro (offers light snacks and drinks; has a separate buffet dining area).
  • New dining option (yet to be revealed).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

MV Fridtjof Nansen features innovative Scandinavian design, large observation platforms, jacuzzis and infinity pools.

From the moment passengers step onboard the compact Fridtjof Nansen ship, they feel as though they’ve arrived in the polar region. The artwork reflects both the Antarctic and Arctic with photos of the early expeditions, snow-capped peaks paintings and pictures of penguins. MS Fridtjof Nansen brings her guests close to nature and unforgettable experiences. She offers numerous lounges to relax, as well as a well-equipped gym for the more active passengers. 

Follows the complete list of Fridtjof Nansen ship lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Ward (wardroom, ship officers’ dining room and relaxation lounge)
  • Embarkation/disembarkation area/lobby for easy loading/unloading of passengers going on land expeditions; ship-to-shore tendering is serviced by inflatable boats, used mostly for wildlife watching)
  • Lecture halls (offer expert lectures and multimedia presentations)
  • The Lobby (with floor-ceiling windows, reception, expeditions booking and information)
  • Internet corner (Internet Cafe with 4 Internet computers, combined with a library)
  • Shop (selling hand-made souvenirs, special occasion gifs, Hutigruten logo merchandise); Video Games Arcade.
  • Observation terraces and Promenade Deck (open-air deck spaces)
  • Observation Lounge (with panoramic windows for 270-degree ocean views; served by its own bar; lounge’s outdoor area is named ”Passenger Bridge”)
  • Fitness Room (with treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machine, ping pong table, free weights); two whirlpools with shower section; two separate Saunas
  • The Sun Deck is the place for Hurtigruten’s special ceremony “Arctic Circle baptism”, including a Neptune-costumed crewmember, icy seawater, and a shot for warming up.

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