MS Fram Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Fram
|Year built||2007 / Age : 13|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||114 m / 374 ft|
|Beam (width)||20 m / 66 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||11647 gt|
|Passengers||200 - 318|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Christened by||HRH 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. Prices start from USD 8056 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 10 Feb, 2020 and ends on 04 Mar, 2020. This voyage is also offered as flycruise deal.All Itineraries Current Position
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, Midnatsol (Eirik Raude), Trollfjord (Maud) and Finnmarken (Otto Sverdrup). 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.
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 Aune 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 four seatings, depending on how full the cruise ship is.
Follows the complete list of ms Fram restaurants and food bars.
- Aune Restaurant (Aune Main Dining) is the ship's complimentary Dining Room (capacity 234 seats) with floor-ceiling windows, buffet station in the middle, self-service beverage station (for coffee-tea-juices), an outdoor seating area (alfresco terrace). The Galley / Kitchen is adjacent to the Restaurant. Aune Restaurant serves complimentary Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Breakfast is buffet-style (bacon, eggs, sausages, cold meats, cheeses, seafood, bread selection, cereals, fruits, porridge). Lunch is also buffet-style (salads, soups, hot/cold meats, seafood, vegetables, desserts). Dinner is 4-seating and waiter-served (3-course menu, including traditional Scandinavian dishes). Wine by the bottle is offered at extra cost. Hurtigruten has a wine package available for purchase at the Restaurant.
- Lindstrom Specialty Restaurant is located aft-portside on Deck 4. Suite-category passengers dine complimentary at Lindstrom daily (all-inclusive breakfast and dinner). Other cabin grade passengers can also dine at Lindstrom (breakfast and/or dinner) but at extra charge (a la carte priced menu, premium wine list).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
From the moment passengers step on board 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.
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)
- Lobby (with floor-ceiling windows, reception, expeditions booking, and information)
- Shop (selling hand-made souvenirs, special occasion gifs, Hurtigruten logo merchandise)
- Observation terraces and Promenade Deck (open-air deck spaces)
- Explorer Lounge hosts daily media presentations and lectures by wildlife experts and expert scientists. It is served by its own bar and has an outdoor terrace (Passenger Bridge).
- Fitness Room (with treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machine, ping pong table, free weights); two whirlpools with shower section; two separate Saunas (unisex)
- 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.
Fram Science Centre (deck 4 forward, on the below photo) is a large "scientific lounge" (research lab) packed with high-tech gadgets (including microscopes and touch screens) and latest digital technology equipment. The venue consists of Library, Lecture Halls, Photo Center (photo- and video-processing studio), Conference Room, Expedition Team Room, dedicated areas for themed educational activities (workshops in biology, marine life, geography, photography, etc). Hurtigruten's Expedition Team provides here passengers with scientific information and technology assistance.
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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 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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|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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