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MS Kong Harald

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
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)121 m / 397 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage11204 gt
Passengers622
Crew70
Passengers-to-space ratio23
Decks7
Cabins227
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2016

Current itinerary / position of MS Kong Harald

MS Kong Harald current cruise is 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage. Prices start from USD 1124 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 20 Jan, 2020 and ends on 31 Jan, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
20 Jan    Departing from Bergen, Norway hotels
21 Jan    Floro, Norway
21 Jan    Maloy, Vagsoy Island, Norway
21 Jan    Torvik, Leinoya Island, Norway(Morning)
21 Jan    Alesund, Norway(Morning)
21 Jan    Geiranger, Norway(By Tender)
21 Jan    Alesund, Norway
21 Jan    Molde, Norway
22 Jan    Kristiansund, Norway
22 Jan    Trondheim, Norway(Morning)
22 Jan    Rorvik, Norway
23 Jan    Bronnoysund, Norway
23 Jan    Sandnessjoen, Norway
23 Jan    Nesna, Norway
23 Jan    Ornes, Norway(Morning)
23 Jan    Bodo, Norway(Afternoon)
23 Jan    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
23 Jan    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
24 Jan    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway
24 Jan    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway
24 Jan    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway
24 Jan    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway
24 Jan    Finnsnes, Norway(Morning)
24 Jan    Tromso, Norway(Morning)
24 Jan    Skjervoy, Norway
25 Jan    Oksfjord, Norway
25 Jan    Hammerfest, Norway
25 Jan    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
25 Jan    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
25 Jan    Kjollefjord, Norway(Afternoon)
25 Jan    Mehamn, Norway
25 Jan    Berlevag, Norway
26 Jan    Batsfjord, Norway
26 Jan    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
26 Jan    Vadso, Norway(Morning)
26 Jan    Kirkenes, Norway
26 Jan    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
26 Jan    Batsfjord, Norway
26 Jan    Berlevag, Norway
27 Jan    Mehamn, Norway
27 Jan    Kjollefjord, Norway
27 Jan    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway(Morning)
27 Jan    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
27 Jan    Hammerfest, Norway
27 Jan    Oksfjord, Norway(Afternoon)
27 Jan    Skjervoy, Norway
27 Jan    Tromso, Norway
28 Jan    Finnsnes, Norway
28 Jan    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway(Morning)
28 Jan    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway(Morning)
28 Jan    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
28 Jan    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
28 Jan    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
28 Jan    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
29 Jan    Bodo, Norway
29 Jan    Ornes, Norway
29 Jan    Nesna, Norway(Morning)
29 Jan    Sandnessjoen, Norway(Afternoon)
29 Jan    Bronnoysund, Norway
29 Jan    Rorvik, Norway
30 Jan    Trondheim, Norway
30 Jan    Kristiansund, Norway(Afternoon)
30 Jan    Molde, Norway
30 Jan    Alesund, Norway
31 Jan    Torvik, Leinoya Island, Norway
31 Jan    Maloy, Vagsoy Island, Norway
31 Jan    Floro, Norway(Morning)
31 Jan    Arriving in Bergen, 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 on board. 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's 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 mini bar, 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 large ship setting. Enjoy plentiful food portions in the main restaurant or try a quick bite in ship’s 24-hour café. Hurtigruten dining boasts authentic Norwegian specialities and international cuisine.

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

  • Martha-Salen Restaurant (ship’s 240-seat dining room, with floor-ceiling windows and a large buffet station in the middle; offers buffet-style Breakfast 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. and Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner is in two fixed seatings - at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., waiter served, with a 3-course menu and a la carte menu with light snacks)
  • Roald Amundsen Cafe (24-hour open cafeteria with a la carte menu for hot/cold meals, snacks, beverages).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The total passengers capacity of MS Kong Harald is only 622. Guests on board 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 Leiv Eiriksson 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)
  • Conference Rooms (Helmer Hanssen and Tore Hund; host multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts, films about Norway; no onboard show program is offered)
  • Fridtjof Nansen Bar
  • Kids Playroom and Nursery (babysitting is offered); Video Games Arcade
  • The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs, Hurtigruten logo merchandise, jewellery, toiletries, clothing)
  • Promenade Deck (full-circle open-air deck space)
  • Ottar Viking Panorama Lounge (with floor-ceiling windows)
  • Internet corner/Internet Cafe (4 Internet computers and a printer, free of charge); Library
  • Leiv Eiriksson Observation Lounge and Bar
  • The Fitness (equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills, free weights); Saunas (for men/women)
  • 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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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
2019 Dec 29 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1124
2019 Dec 29 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2019 Dec 29 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Jan 04 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Jan 09 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1124
2020 Jan 09 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Jan 09 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Jan 15 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Jan 20 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Jan 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1124
2020 Jan 20 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Jan 26 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Jan 31 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Jan 31 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Jan 31 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1124
2020 Feb 06 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
2020 Feb 11 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Feb 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1290
2020 Feb 11 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
2020 Feb 17 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1204
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 22 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1286
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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