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MS Fram

MS Fram Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Fram

Year built2007  /  Age : 12
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
Passengers-to-space ratio44
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2017-2020
Christened byHRH Mette-Marit (Crown Princess of Norway)

Current itinerary / position of MS Fram

MS Fram current cruise is 23 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia, themed as "New Year". Prices start from USD 8056 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 09 Dec, 2019 and ends on 01 Jan, 2020. This voyage is also offered as flycruise deal.

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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.

NEWS: In 2021, Hurtigruten adds 4 old ships to the company's expedition fleet - Spitsbergen (2009), Midnatsol (2003), Trollfjord (2002) and Finnmarken (2002). This fleet also includes Fram (2007) and the 3 newbuilds - Roald Amundsen (2019), Fridtjof Nansen (2020) and TBN (2021).

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 cruise ferries 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 manoeuvrability. 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, including Canada). During winter months, the ship cruises to Antarctica leaving from Argentina (roundtrip Buenos Aires).

Hurtigruten offers flight-cruise package deals with bookings protected with ATOL Certificate. ATOL stands for "Air Travel Organisers' Licensing" (Civil Aviation Authority, UK).


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 is the Grand Suite (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 the Arctic with photos of the early expeditions, snow-capped peaks paintings and pictures of penguins. Highlights are the Fram artefacts 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, Hurtigruten 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.

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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 a 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, ship's officers are all Norwegian, while the hotel staff and crew are Filipino.

MS Fram refurbishment 2020 review

Before the Arctic season 2020, the cruise ship is scheduled to enter drydock for an extensive refurbishment. Following the refit, the ship will have large windows in most venues, new open spaces, new restaurants, completely overhauled staterooms and public areas, new Science Center, new dual-fuel engines.

The dining room will be redesigned and renamed Restaurant Aune. A new speciality restaurant (Lindstrom) will be added. The fine dining venue will offer traditional Norwegian specialities and will have a separate bar lounge.

The new Science Center is an "edutainment area" where passengers meet and mingle with the ship's staff and crew. The fore-located Qilak Observation Lounge will be redesigned and renamed "Explorer Lounge and Bar".

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
2019 Nov 18 23 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires $8056
2019 Dec 09 23 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires $8056
2019 Dec 30 23 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires $8056
2020 Jan 20 23 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires $8056
2020 Feb 10 23 days, round-trip Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia Buenos Aires $8056
2020 Mar 02 20 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso Buenos Aires $7216

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