MS Fram

MS Fram Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Fram

Year built2007  /  Age : 11
Flag state Norway
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)113 m / 371 ft
Beam (width)20 m / 66 ft
Gross Tonnage11647 gt
Passengers318
Crew75
Passengers-to-space ratio44
Decks8
Cabins137
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2017
Christened byHRH Mette-Marit (Crown Princess of Norway)

Current itinerary of MS Fram

MS Fram current cruise is 16 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Halifax. Prices start from USD 8944 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 22 Sep, 2018 and ends on 08 Oct, 2018. This voyage is also offered as flycruise deal.

Date / TimePort
22 Sep      Departing from Copenhagen, Denmark(flight)   
22 Sep      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
23 Sep     Maniitsoq, Greenland   
24 Sep     Paamiut, Greenland   
25 Sep     Igaliku, Greenland   
25 Sep     Hvalsey, Greenland   
26 Sep     Qassiarsuk, Greenland   
27 Sep     At Sea   
28 Sep     Nain, Labrador, Canada   
29 Sep     Rigolet, Labrador, Canada   
30 Sep     Hopedale, Labrador, Canada   
01 Oct     Battle Harbour, Labrador, Canada   
02 Oct     St Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada   
03 Oct     Red Bay, Labrador, Canada   
04 Oct     Woody Point, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada   
05 Oct     St Lawrence Seaway, Ontario, Canada   
06 Oct     Saint Pierre Island, France   
07 Oct     Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada   
08 Oct      Arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   

Review of MS Fram

Launched in 2007, MS Fram cruise ship is a specially designed Antarctica expedition vessel in the Hurtigruten's fleet (“1B” ice class double hull). The ship's name means “forward” in Norwegian. The ship was named after its wooden namesake used between 1893-1912 by Norwegian North Pole explorers Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen, Oscar Wisting and Otto Sverdrup. The original expedition ship is preserved at the “Fram Museum” in Oslo Norway.

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner Hurtigruten is a Norwegian passenger shipping company specializing in cruise and ferry services. The "Norwegian Coastal Express Route" (Bergen-Kirkenes) is a cargo-passenger ferry service along Norway's western and northern coast. Hurtigruten's cruiseferries sail nearly the entire length of Norway and complete this roundtrip itinerary in 11 days. The route also includes Lofoten Islands and Vesteralen Islands.

MS Fram cruise ship

The 11,647-ton, 318-passenger cruise ship ms Fram was built in 2007 to sail in Antarctica. The Hurtigruten's expedition ship offers adventures in a more safe and comfortable way. With this addition to its fleet, the cruise line presented an option for both relaxation and discovery. Specially designed for cruising in polar waters, Fram holds the highest safety standards. She is the perfect size for guests’ comfort and optimum nautical maneuverability. Boarding ms Fram will take passengers closer to nature and wildlife.

December 2007, ms Fram lost power and hit a glacier in Antarctica. The vessel was damaged to her starboard side but despite the accident was able to continue the voyage.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Fram itinerary program is based on Greenland and Arctic cruises during summer in the northern hemisphere, and roundtrip Antarctica voyages during winter months, leaving from Argentina.

Cabins

MS Fram has a total of 137 cabins (of which 38 Suite, 88 Oceanview, 9 Inside, 2 for disabled) in 8 grades. Most ms Fram staterooms are 85-140-sq.foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard ms Fram are the Grand Suites (400 ft2). These are with one or two rooms, and have private balconies, separate sitting area, queen beds and Internet access.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

All meals take place in Fram's Imaq ("Sea") restaurant on Deck 4. Picture windows line on three sides of the 2-level room, offering sweeping ocean views. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style and open-seating. The serving area is situated in the center of the restaurant in a square formation. It's seldom crowded as meals are spread out over a couple of hours. 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 Fram restaurants and food bars.

  • Imag 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).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

From the moment passengers step onboard the compact Fram ship, they feel as though they’ve arrived in the polar region. Fram’s artwork reflects both the Antarctic and Arctic with photos of the early expeditions, snow-capped peaks paintings and pictures of penguins. Highlights are the Fram artifacts exhibit and the model of Fram sailing ship.

Fram ship's onboard experience is marked by an interior design rich in oak wood, leather and wool. The observation lounge offers panoramic 270-degree sea views. On its Sun deck 7, located by the gym room are 2 outdoor whirlpools enclosed by glass windows. They are the Hurtigruten's exclusive option to enjoy the panoramic spa experience at sea - no matter the weather.

MS Fram cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Fram lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Ward (wardroom, ship officers’ dining room and relaxation lounge)
  • Tender Lobby (embarkation/disembarkation area for easy loading/unloading of passengers going on land expeditions; ship-to-shore tendering is serviced by 6 inflatable boats, used mostly for wildlife watching in Antarctica)
  • Two lecture halls (Framheim and Polhogda; offer expert lectures and multimedia presentations)
  • The “Colin Archer” room (for conferences and group meetings)
  • The Nunami 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)
  • Qilak 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.

MS Fram wiki

  • Fram cruise ship is an expedition vessel built exclusively to operate in the regions of Arctic (Europe) and Antarctica (South America). The ship is named after the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen's "Fram" ship. The original Fram was a wooden expedition ship (rigged as 3-masted schooner), which design's most unique feature was that the hull (bow, stern, keel) was rounded off and smoothed, to avoid ice packing around it.
  • By nationality, the ship's officers are all Norwegian, while the hotel staff and crew are Filipino.
  • MS Fram cruises to Antarctic leaving from Argentina (roundtrip Buenos Aires) during winter, and to Greenland in the summer.
  • On Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voayges, the line offers flight-cruise package deals. Bookings are protected with ATOL Certificate. ATOL stands for "Air Travel Organisers' Licensing" (Civil Aviation Authority, UK).

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MS Fram Itineraries

The below listed MS Fram cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Hurtigruten 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 23 11 days, round-trip Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes of Iceland Reykjavik$5379
2018 Jun 03 11 days, round-trip Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes of Iceland Reykjavik$5379
2018 Jun 14 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Copenhagen Reykjavik$8512
2018 Jun 30 10 days, round-trip Discover the Heart of Greenland Copenhagen$5872
2018 Jul 10 10 days, round-trip Discover the Heart of Greenland Copenhagen$5872
2018 Jul 20 10 days, round-trip Discover the Heart of Greenland Copenhagen$5872
2018 Jul 30 15 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen Kangerlussuaq$12314
2018 Aug 14 15 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen Kangerlussuaq$12314
2018 Aug 29 12 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Montreal Copenhagen$13540
2018 Sep 10 12 days, one-way from Montreal to Copenhagen Montreal$12212
2018 Sep 22 16 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Halifax Copenhagen$8944
2018 Oct 08 12 days, one-way from Halifax to Miami Halifax$4348
2018 Nov 04 15 days, one-way from Puerto Limon to Valparaiso Puerto Limon$4738
2018 Nov 04 12 days, one-way from Puerto Limon to Callao Puerto Limon$4738
2018 Nov 19 18 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires Valparaiso$9724
2018 Dec 07 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$11618
2018 Dec 28 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$11618
2019 Jan 18 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$11618
2019 Feb 08 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$11618
2019 Mar 01 18 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso Buenos Aires$9434
2019 Mar 19 15 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Puerto Limon Valparaiso$4740
2019 Apr 03 14 days, one-way from Puerto Limon to Miami Puerto Limon$3624
2019 Apr 21 11 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$4638
2019 May 02 10 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$4174
2019 May 12 9 days, one-way from New York to St Johns New York$4638
2019 May 26 9 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen Reykjavik$5410
2019 Jun 03 9 days, round-trip In the Realm of the Polar Bear Longyearbyen
2019 Jun 11 9 days, round-trip In the Realm of the Polar Bear Longyearbyen
2019 Jun 19 9 days, round-trip In the Realm of the Polar Bear Longyearbyen
2019 Jun 27 14 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik Longyearbyen$8936
2019 Jul 11 16 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Copenhagen Reykjavik$7731
2019 Jul 26 11 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq Copenhagen$6184
2019 Aug 05 15 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen Kangerlussuaq$9278
2019 Aug 19 12 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Montreal Copenhagen$12369
2019 Aug 31 12 days, one-way from Edmonton to Copenhagen Edmonton$12369
2019 Sep 12 14 days, one-way from Copenhagen to St Johns Copenhagen$10050
2019 Sep 26 9 days, one-way from St Johns to New York St Johns$4638
2019 Oct 05 11 days, one-way from New York to Puerto Limon New York$3864
2019 Oct 09 7 days, one-way from Miami to Puerto Limon Miami$3556
2019 Oct 16 15 days, one-way from Puerto Limon to Valparaiso Puerto Limon$5412
2019 Oct 16 9 days, one-way from Puerto Limon to Callao Puerto Limon$7398
2019 Oct 16 9 days, one-way from Puerto Limon to Callao Puerto Limon$5378
2019 Oct 23 6 days, one-way from Callao to Valparaiso Callao$5102
2019 Oct 31 18 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires Valparaiso$10052
2019 Nov 18 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$12834
2019 Dec 09 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$12834
2019 Dec 30 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$12834
2020 Jan 20 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$12834
2020 Feb 10 21 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires$12834
2020 Mar 02 18 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso Buenos Aires$10824