MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Fridtjof Nansen Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built2020 new ship
BuilderMontex Shipyard (Gdansk, Poland), Kleven Shipyard (Ulsteinvik, Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 220 million
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)140 m / 459 ft
Beam (width)24 m / 79 ft
Passengers530 - 600
Decks with cabins6
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Review of MS Fridtjof Nansen

Launched in 2020, MS Fridtjof Nansen cruise ship is the second in a 2-ship series of hybrid-powered Hurtigruten expedition ships. The two newbuilds (Roald Amundsen and “Fridtjof Nansen”) were both named after the most influential Norwegian polar explorers from the time when the Hurtigruten company started to offer expedition cruise itinerariess.

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.

Hurtigruten new expedition cruise ship (bow view)

This cruise vessel class was purposefully designed for Norwegian coastal and Polar expedition cruises (Arctic and Antarctica itineraries). The Rolls-Royce company's Marine devision received a GBP 25 million (USD 33 million) from the shipyard to provide the vessel's design and equipment.

The new series Hurtigruten expedition vessels feature latest environmentally friendly marine technologies. The new hybrid technology allows cruising with fully electric propulsion for up to 30 min. The main gain is the total reduction in fuel consumption and CO2-emissions. The technology, along with the effective use of electricity onboard and the optimized hull design, reduces bad emissions by nearly 20%.

Hurtigruten new expedition cruise ship (aft view)

Each of these vessels offers 3 restaurants with menus that reflect local flavors and destinations. The pool deck has bars, infinity pools and Jacuzzis. Building materials used during construction were predominantely Norwegian, with extensive use of granite, oak and wool, among other.

Cruise itinerary program

The itinerary program of ms Fridtjof Nansen, the second next-generation expedition ship of Hurtigruten, includes Antarctica voyages ranging 11-21 days.


There are a total of 265 staterooms aboard Fridtjof Nansen, 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. The aft suites have private outdoor Jacuzzis with great views. All cabins are outside, with 50% of them featuring private balconies.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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 / Aune Main Dining which is named after the Norwegian polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune (dining room with large floor-ceiling windows, buffet station in the middle and outdoor seating area)
  • The Bistro / Fredheim is an informal social meeting place which is named after 1900s hunting station located on Svalbard (offers light snacks and drinks; has a separate buffet dining area).
  • Lindstrom speciality restaurant which is named after the favourite chef of Norwegian polar heroes, Adolf Lindstrom.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MV Fridtjof Nansen features innovative Scandinavian design, large observation platforms (on several decks), pool deck with infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars.

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.

Both ms Fridtjof Nansen and ms Roald Amundsen feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, such as a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, large inflatable Explorer Boats and kayaks. After completing their daily adventures, passengers are able to rejuvenate in the vessels' Wellness area, panoramic sauna, gym, or on the pool deck with an infinity pool, pool bar and jacuzzis.

Hurtigruten new expedition cruise ship

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.
  • 2-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck which is expected to be wrapped around the top of ship's raked bow
  • Nansen Science Centre. The immersive area, packed with high tech gadgets and state of the art technology like science equipment and touch screens, is the place where passengers and crew meet and mingle. The venue has a small library, lecture spaces, speciality areas for workshops in biology, photography, and more.
  • Observation Lounge (with panoramic windows for 270-degree ocean views; served by its own bar; lounge’s outdoor area is named ”Passenger Bridge”)
  • Deck 10 forward-facing Explorer Lounge
  • 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 Fridtjof Nansen wiki

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the second of Hurtigruten's new expedition cruise ships built in Poland (Montex Shipyard in Gdansk, hull and super structure) and Norway (Kleven Shipyard in Ulsteinvik, marine interior and outfitting). The company signed a letter of intent with the shipbuilder Kleven Verft In April 2016 for 2 vessels, with included option for 2 more ships of the same class / design. The shipbuilding contract was signed in July 2016. MS Roald Amundsen was scheduled for delivery in July 2018, and MS Fridtjof Nansen - in July 2019.

Fridtjof Nansen ship technology

  • The ship's design features an ice-strengthened hull, wave piercing bulbous bow, Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge (navigation consoles, software interfaces, etc) for safe and efficient performances.
  • The new ship integrates a DP0 (Bridge Mate dynamic positioning system), Aquarius 100 stabilisers, ACON (integrated automation and control) system.
  • The vessel's max draught / draft is 5,3 m (17 ft).
  • The ship's hybrid power plant combines electric power systems, which efficiency allows fuel reduction by approx 20% and approx 20% lower CO2 emissions (an equivalent of over 3000 tons3 CO2 per year).
  • The ship iss powered by all four "Bergen B33:45L" diesel engines (by Rolls-Royce) plus batteries. The engines are equipped with an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system to meet IMO Tier III NOx emissions limit.
  • The ship's fully electric propulsion includes two Azipull thrusters (powered by a permanent magnet motor) plus two tunnel thrusters. The permanent magnet motor delivers high efficiency at various speeds.
  • Scanship is the supplier of the ship's cleaning systems - food waste processing, garbage handling, wastewater treatment plants. The ship has "Jets Vacuum" systems (for toilets and wastewater collecting). Scanship's blackwater purification system is IMO Marpol certified.
  • Both new Hurtigruten cruise ships also feature underwater drones (ROV / remotely operated underwater vehicle) developed by Blueye Robotics (Norway). Each drone weights 7 kg and has 4 thrusters for propulsion. The ROV also features a wide-angle video camera (Blueye Pioneer) designed to work in limited-light conditions. It streams true-color live images to the ship's TV screens, to all cabin TVs and also to the digital diving masks of the passengers cruising on the ship's Zodiac boats.

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