MS Nordstjernen Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Nordstjernen
|Builder||BLOHM + VOSS, HAMBURG, GERMANY|
|Year of built||1956|
|Gross Tonnage||2191 gt|
|Former name||Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskap, Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Hurtigruten, Vestland Rederi, M/S Nordstjernen AS c/o RS Platou Finans|
|Passengers||290 - 300|
|Decks with cabins||3|
Review of MS Nordstjernen
At the time of her withdrawal from coastal service in 2012, ms Nordstjernen was the oldest operational ship in the fleet of Hurtigruten. Nordstjernen is also the vessel with the longest Hurtigruten service ever. In 2012, this unique ship was protected as Norway's national heritage.
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 2,191-ton, 290-passenger cruise ship ms Nordstjernen was built in 1956 for Coastal Voyage, and is currently operated by Hurtigruten. In 2000 Nordstjernen was extensively modernised for exclusive Arctic sailing. Today the vessel takes explorers on sea adventures in the waters around Spitsbergen.
MS Nordstjernen was mainly used for Hurtigruten coastal service and cruises to Svalbard archipelago. In 1980 she was extensively refitted. From 2010 to 2012 Nordstjernen operated on Hurtigruten coastal service, but in March 2012, the ship was withdrawn from coastal service and replaced by MS Finnmarken. In November 2012, ms Nordstjernen was purchased by Vestland Rederi AS.
The new home port of the ship is Bergen. From the end of 2012 until July 2013, Nordstjernen underwent an extensive renovation in Gdansk, Poland, subsidized with 2,5M Norwegian krones by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren). The ship left Gdansk on November 9, 2013, but on her way back to Norway ran aground in Karmsund strait on November 11. There was damage to ms Nordstjernen and she was repaired at a dockyard in Olensvag. She left the dockyard at the end of January 2014. In 2015 and 2016, Hurtigruten chartered the ship they formerly owned and operated it again for Svalbard sailings in summer.
MS Nordstjernen is named after Stella Polaris or the North Star, famous for helping the Vikings to navigate the north and seafarers find out their way back home.
Cruise itinerary program
MS Nordstjernen itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Nordstjernen is mostly used as a ferry for both passengers and cars. However, some guests stay on board for round-trip 12-day itineraries out of Bergen and Kirkenes.
The ‘old lady’ Nordstjernen is incomparable. Her cabins are plain, but cosy, with lower and upper berths. Less than a half provide private bathrooms, and slightly more than a half are outsides, featuring portholes.
Dining options - Food & Drinks
All meals in Nordstjernen's restaurant, which spans the width of the vessel, are included in fare if booking the full one-way sailing between Bergen and Kirkenes or a complete round-trip cruise. The food is good mid-level cooking, with choices including standard international cuisine and Norwegian specialties. The restaurant is a cozy room with original Norwegian paintings. Reservations apply to dinner only. There is only one sitting, unless the ship is full.
Follows the complete list of ms Nordstjernen restaurants and food bars.
- The Restaurant (offers buffet-style Breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Lunch 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Dinner 7:30 p.m. - reservations-only, waiter served, with one fixed sitting)
- The Cafe (aft of the dining room, 24-hour open cafeteria with a la carte menu for hot/cold meals, snacks, beverages).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
MS Nordstjernen attracts her passengers with intimate informal atmosphere, panoramic decks and unique lounges. This extraordinary vessel is a perfect choice if you want to sail on a small ship with well trained crew and pleasant accommodations. Despite modernisation, Nordstjernen still retains the aura of old Atlantic ship, restored with classic wooden interiors, new brass and all her original art, to her former splendour. Out on deck passengers come close to the untouched nature of Polar Arctic. With roofs over most of the deck space they can enjoy being outside, even in severe weather.
Follows the complete list of ms Nordstjernen lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Bar (after-dinner spot for cocktails)
- The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs and Hurtigruten logo merchandise)
- Saloon Deck’s Lounge (with 270-degree views)
- The Panorama Lounge (with 270-degree panoramic views and comfortable seating)
- 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.
MS Nordstjernen wiki
Year built 1956
Passenger capacity / crew capacity / cars - 290 / 40 / 0
Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 2,191 tons / 285 ft (87 m)
Flag State (registered in) Norway
Ship builder Blohm & Voss Hamburg (Germany)
Building cost 2,5M Norwegian krones (refit)
Ship owner and Operator Hurtigruten Group
Official website link Hurtigruten.com
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