MS Kong Harald

MS Kong Harald current position

MS Kong Harald current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 70.80753 N / 29.51977 E) cruising at speed of 11.9 kn (22 kph/ 14 mph) en route to BERGEN. The AIS position was reported 17 seconds ago.

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Current itinerary of MS Kong Harald

MS Kong Harald current cruise is 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes. The itinerary starts on 16 May, 2022 and ends on 22 May, 2022.

Specifications of MS Kong Harald

Year built1993  /  Age: 29
Flag state Norway
BuilderVolkswerft Stralsund GmbH (Stralsund, Germany)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
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 cabins4
Last Refurbishment2016
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises

MS Kong Harald Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Apr 24 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 Apr 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Molde Bergen
2022 Apr 30 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 May 05 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 May 05 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Molde Bergen
2022 May 11 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 May 16 4 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 May 16 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 May 16 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 May 22 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 May 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 May 27 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 May 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Molde Bergen
2022 Jun 02 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Jun 07 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Jun 07 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2022 Jun 07 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Jun 13 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Jun 18 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Jun 18 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 Jun 24 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Jun 29 3 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2022 Jun 29 5 days, one-way from Bergen to Berlevag Bergen
2022 Jun 29 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2022 Jul 05 4 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Molde Kirkenes
2022 Jul 10 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Jul 10 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 Jul 16 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Jul 21 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Jul 21 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Jul 21 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2022 Jul 27 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Aug 01 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Aug 01 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2022 Aug 01 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Molde Bergen
2022 Aug 07 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Aug 12 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Aug 12 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 Aug 12 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Aug 23 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Aug 23 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 Sep 03 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Sep 03 11 days, round-trip 10 Night Voyage of Discovery Bergen to Kirkenes and Trondheim Cruise Bergen
2022 Sep 09 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Sep 14 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2022 Sep 14 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2022 Sep 20 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Sep 25 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2022 Sep 25 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Oct 01 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Oct 06 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Oct 06 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Oct 06 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2022 Oct 12 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Oct 17 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Oct 17 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Oct 17 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2022 Oct 23 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Oct 28 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Molde Bergen
2022 Oct 28 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Oct 28 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Nov 08 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Nov 08 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Nov 08 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2022 Nov 19 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Nov 19 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Nov 19 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2022 Nov 25 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Nov 30 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Nov 30 7 days, one-way from Bergen to Mehamn Bergen
2022 Nov 30 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2022 Dec 06 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Dec 11 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Dec 11 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Dec 17 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2022 Dec 22 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2022 Dec 22 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2022 Dec 28 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Jan 02 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Jan 02 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2023 Jan 02 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2023 Jan 08 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Jan 13 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Jan 13 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2023 Jan 13 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2023 Jan 19 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Jan 24 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Jan 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2023 Jan 30 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Feb 04 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Feb 04 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2023 Feb 04 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2023 Feb 10 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Feb 15 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Feb 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2023 Feb 15 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2023 Feb 21 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Feb 26 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Feb 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2023 Feb 26 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2023 Mar 09 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Mar 09 4 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2023 Mar 09 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2023 Mar 15 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Mar 20 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Mar 26 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Apr 11 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Apr 11 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2023 Apr 11 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2023 Apr 17 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 Apr 22 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 Apr 22 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2023 Apr 22 9 days, one-way from Bergen to Ornes Bergen
2023 Apr 28 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 May 03 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 May 03 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2023 May 03 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Finnsnes Bergen
2023 May 09 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 May 14 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 May 14 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2023 May 14 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2023 May 20 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes
2023 May 25 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen
2023 May 25 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen
2023 May 25 11 days, round-trip 11 Night Classic Roundtrip Voyage Bergen to Kirkenes and Back Cruise Bergen
2023 May 31 5 days, one-way from Kirkenes to Bergen Kirkenes

MS Kong Harald Review

Review of MS Kong Harald

The 1993-built MS Kong Harald cruise ship is the first in a series of six “contemporary” Hurtigruten boats, together with Nordlys, Nordnorge, Nordkapp, Polarlys, Richard With. Together with these fleetmates, Kong Harald serves Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Voyages (NCV) program for cruiseferry travel by cargo-passenger ships.

The vessel (IMO number 9039119) is currently Norway-flagged (MMSI 257200000) and registered in Tromso.

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 600-passenger ship 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.

Decks and Cabins

MS Kong Harald staterooms (227 total, in 8 grades) include 2x Suites, 204x Outside, 21x Inside. Cabin sizes vary from 55 to 325 ft2 (5-30 m2). Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 3. Most staterooms are outside and sized 85-140-ft2 (8-14 m2). There are no balcony cabins.

Standard cabin amenities include lower and upper bunk beds, bedside reading lamps, foldable table with chair, LCDTV, radio, phone, mini-fridge, electronic safe box, wardrobe with dressers and cabinets, en-suite bathroom (WC-shower, bath products, hairdryer), individual air-conditioning, blankets (for sitting outside).

The boat has 7 decks, of which 6 are passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins.

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' 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.

Itineraries

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

Havila-Hurtigruten ferry route (Norwegian Coastal Express cruise ship itinerary map)

Kong Harald is mostly used as a ferry for both passengers and cars. However, some guests stay on board for roundtrip 12-day itineraries out of Bergen and Kirkenes.

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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).

Drydock refurbishments review

By 2023, 3x "Norwegian Coastal Express" ferryboats (Kong Harald, Nordlys, Richard With) are scheduled to complete drydocks for powerplant conversions (from diesel-only to diesel-electric / battery-hybrid), during which new low-emission diesel engines and large battery packs will be installed.

  • For this project, on May 11, 2021, Hurtigruten signed a contract with Kongsberg Maritime to deliver the hybrid equipment packages.
  • Each ship will be fitted with 2x SAVe Energy storage systems (1,120kWh lithium-ion batteries) controlled via SAVe CUBE (drive switchboards that control the thrusters) and 2x Bergen B33:45V diesel engines (diesel generator sets with SCR-Selective Catalytic Reduction to optimize CO emissions control). The Kongsberg's equipment also includes re-blading of the propellers, installing new thruster motors, AC (current switches), new safety and communication systems.
  • The drydocks will be conducted by Myklebust Verft AS (shipyard in Gursken, Norway).

All Hurtigruten ships now have shoreside-power capabilities (plugs for electricity supply at port berths).

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