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MS Kong Harald

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MS Kong Harald Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Kong Harald

Year built1993  /  Age : 27
Flag state Norway
BuilderVolkswerft Stralsund GmbH (Stralsund, Germany)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph
Length (LOA)122 m / 400 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage11204 gt
Passengers590
Crew70
Passengers-to-space ratio23
Beds498
Decks7
Cabins227
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2016

Current itinerary / position of MS Kong Harald

MS Kong Harald current cruise is 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim. Prices start from USD 2086 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 26 Mar, 2020 and ends on 05 Apr, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
26 Mar    Departing from Bergen, Norway hotels
27 Mar    Floro, Norway
27 Mar    Maloy, Vagsoy Island, Norway
27 Mar    Torvik, Leinoya Island, Norway(Morning)
27 Mar    Alesund, Norway(Morning)
27 Mar    Geiranger, Norway(By Tender)
27 Mar    Alesund, Norway
27 Mar    Molde, Norway
28 Mar    Kristiansund, Norway
28 Mar    Trondheim, Norway(Morning)
28 Mar    Rorvik, Norway
29 Mar    Bronnoysund, Norway
29 Mar    Sandnessjoen, Norway
29 Mar    Nesna, Norway
29 Mar    Ornes, Norway(Morning)
29 Mar    Bodo, Norway(Afternoon)
29 Mar    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
29 Mar    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Finnsnes, Norway(Morning)
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Tromso, Norway(Morning)
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Skjervoy, Norway
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Oksfjord, Norway
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Hammerfest, Norway
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Kjollefjord, Norway(Afternoon)
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Mehamn, Norway
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00    Berlevag, Norway
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Batsfjord, Norway
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Vadso, Norway(Morning)
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Kirkenes, Norway
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Batsfjord, Norway
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Berlevag, Norway
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Mehamn, Norway
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Kjollefjord, Norway
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway(Morning)
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Hammerfest, Norway
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Oksfjord, Norway(Afternoon)
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Skjervoy, Norway
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Tromso, Norway
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Finnsnes, Norway
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway(Morning)
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway(Morning)
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
03 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
04 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Bodo, Norway
04 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Ornes, Norway
04 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Nesna, Norway(Morning)
04 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Sandnessjoen, Norway(Afternoon)
04 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Bronnoysund, Norway
04 Apr 01:00 - 01:00    Rorvik, Norway
05 Apr 01:00    Arriving in Trondheim, Norway hotels

Review of MS Kong Harald

Launched in 1993, ms Kong Harald is the first in a series of six “contemporary” Hurtigruten ships, together with Nordlys, Nordnorge, Nordkapp, Polarlys and Richard With. Together with her fleet mates, Kong Harald serves Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Voyages (NCV) program for cruise ferry travel by passenger-cargo ships.

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 Kong Harald cruise ship

The 11,204-ton, 622-passenger cruise ship ms Kong Harald was named after Harald, the King of Norway, but other famous Norwegians can also be found onboard. The bar is named after the Norwegian polar pioneer and Nobel Peace Laureate Fridtjof Nansen, the cafe – after the explorer Roald Amundsen. MS Kong Harald was introduced in 1993 and marked Hurtigruten’s centenary. Decorative details of King’s Crown emblem are to be seen in the ship’s interior.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Kong Harald itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Kong Harald 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.

Cabins

MS Kong Harald has a total of 227 cabins (of which 2 Suite, 201 Oceanview, 21 Inside) in 8 grades. Finnmarken's cabins as sizes vary from 75 to 322 square feet. Three are wheelchair-accessible. Most ms Kong Harald staterooms are 75-140-sq. foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard ms Kong Harald is the Mini-Suite. A more detailed look at the staterooms reveals amenities like a minibar, hairdryer, in-room safe, fridge, television, and blankets for sitting outside.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Kong Harald features some qualities which separate her from the traditional cruise ships. The everyday conveniences are offered in a large ship setting. Enjoy plentiful food portions in the main restaurant or try a quick bite in the ship’s bistro. Hurtigruten dining boasts authentic Norwegian specialties and international cuisine.

Follows the complete list of ms Kong Harald restaurants and food bars.

  • Brygga Bistro offers cafe-style food and is perfect for a light lunch. It serves beverages, sandwiches, and burgers throughout the day.
  • Kysten Arctic Fine Dining offers a more private, intimate setting. This exquisite restaurant serves some of the world's best seafood, exotic meat and other produce directly sourced from the Arctic.
  • Torget Restaurant is the ship’s dining room (capacity 240 seats, nonsmoking) with floor-ceiling windows, buffet station and Galley / Kitchen. The dining room offers buffet-style Breakfast (incl bacon, eggs, sausages, cold meats, selection of cheeses, seafood, bread, also cereals, fruits, porridge, a self-service station for coffee-tea-juice) and Lunch (incl salads and soups, hot/cold meats, pate, seafood, vegetables, desserts). The 4-seating Dinner is waiter-served (with 3-course menu /Scandinavian-Norwegian specialties). Wine by the bottle costs extra (a wine package is available for purchase at the restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The total passenger capacity of MS Kong Harald is only 622. Guests onboard the cruise ship are able to enjoy a voyage revealing the full beauty of the fjords of Norway. Many small elements part of the cruise like the Explorer Lounge, onboard saunas, the Sun Deck with panoramic views, fitness centre, a bar for after-dinner drinks, make the stay more pleasant. Cruising onboard MS Kong Harald is exciting, but more exciting are the shore excursions available in each port of call.

MS Kong Harald cruise ship

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

  • The Car Deck (capacity of 45 cars)
  • Lecture Halls / Meeting rooms generally host multimedia presentations and expert lectures by scientists and wildlife experts. They are also used for business-, a large group- and private meetings, conferences at sea, special events, etc.
  • Information Desk is for booking Hurtigruten tours/shore excursions, featuring dog sledding, bus tours to small towns (embarkation in the next port along the Kong Harald itinerary), “Northern Lights” and “North Cape” themed excursions. The Info Center also provides printed daily onboard program schedule.
  • The Shop is selling mostly traditional Norwegian souvenirs and gifts, also toys and Hurtigruten logo merchandise.
  • Kompass Adventure / Reception Desk (24h guest services, assistance, offers a reduced variety of drinks, snacks, sandwiches)
  • The fore-located Explorer Lounge & Panorama Bar has a comfortable seating indoor area and offers 270-degree panoramic views from floor-ceiling windows, as well as bookcrossing and board games.
  • Multe Bakery & Ice Cream (patisserie with knitting corner and puzzles) offers freshly-baked cakes and pastries along with a range of local ice creams and coffee beverages. Guests can try the stockfish, brown cheese, and cloudberry ice cream.
  • The Fitness room is a small gym, equipped with treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights.
  • Infirmary (Hospital and Pharmacy) is a small medical facility not served by a resident doctor or nurse. 
  • Outdoor Explorer Deck (Sun Deck) is an open-air space with the best vantage points. There is an outdoor seating area by the ship’s funnel with plenty of tables and chairs. This is also the place for the Hurtigruten Polarlys’s special ceremony called “Arctic Circle baptism”, which includes a Neptune-costumed crewmember, ice-cold seawater, and a free shot – for warming up.
  • The fore-located Navigation Bridge and the adjacent Captain’s Suite and officers quarters are inaccessible for passengers. The Kong Harald ship has two outdoor whirlpools (aft-located hot tubs).
  • The full-circle Promenade Deck is an open-air deck space perfect for daily observation and strolling.
  • 6 service boats, of which 4 are used for passenger tendering and 2 lifeboats.

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Named after the King of Norway, the majestic Kong Harald cruise ship pays tribute to famous Norwegians - the Amundsen Cafe and Nansen Club Bar. Distinctive works of many local artists are displayed throughout. The crew varies in size on each sailing to maintain a ratio of 1 crew member for every 3 passengers. Most of the cruise passengers are 50+ Europeans, with some Americans who travel as individuals or in organized groups.

Fun fact is, that the ship doesn't have stabilizers to prevent movement in case the weather gets rough.

The Kong Harald ship offers voyages along the coast of Norway. Many passengers use the vessel as transportation (ferry for both cars and passengers). Departing from port Bergen, Finnmarken sails to port Kirkenes roundtrip. This is an Arctic outpost near Russia’s border with Norway. Norwegian coastal cruise passengers can opt for 5-11 nights stays, with the full 12-day sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes, then going back southbound. In most ports of call are offered Hurtigruten-sponsored excursions and tours. A ceremony "Crossing the Arctic Circle” welcomes newcomers.

On Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyages, the line offers flight-cruise package deals. Bookings are protected with ATOL Certificate. ATOL stands for "Air Travel Organisers' Licensing" (Civil Aviation Authority, UK).

MS Kong Harald Itineraries

The below listed MS Kong Harald 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
2020 Feb 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1290
2020 Feb 22 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Feb 28 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Mar 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1290
2020 Mar 04 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Mar 04 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Mar 10 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Mar 15 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Mar 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Mar 21 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Mar 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Mar 26 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Apr 01 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Apr 06 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Apr 06 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Apr 12 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Apr 17 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Apr 17 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Apr 23 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Apr 28 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Apr 28 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 May 04 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 May 09 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 May 09 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 May 15 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 May 20 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 May 20 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 May 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1896
2020 May 26 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 May 31 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 May 31 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286

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