MS Midnatsol

MS Midnatsol Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Midnatsol

Year built2003  /  Age : 15
Flag state Norway
BuilderFosen Mekaniske Verksteder (Rissa, Norway)
Classcruise ferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)136 m / 446 ft
Beam (width)21 m / 69 ft
Gross Tonnage16151 gt
Passengers1000
Crew75
Passengers-to-space ratio24
Cars45
Decks9
Cabins301
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017

Current itinerary of MS Midnatsol

MS Midnatsol current cruise is 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent. Prices start from USD 4123 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 Nov, 2018 and ends on 01 Dec, 2018. This voyage is also offered as flycruise deal.

Date / TimePort
20 Nov     Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   
20 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
21 Nov - 22 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
23 Nov     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
24 Nov     Deception Island, Antarctica   
25 Nov     Greenwich Island, Antarctica   
26 Nov     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
27 Nov     Petermann Island, Antarctica   
28 Nov     Cuverville Island, Antarctica   
28 Nov     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
29 Nov - 30 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
01 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
01 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina(flight)   

Review of MS Midnatsol

Launched in 2003, ms Midnatsol is the third and last of three “Millennium-class” Hurtigruten ships, together with ms Finnmarken and ms Trollfjord.

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.

MS Midnatsol cruise ship

The 16,151-ton, 1,000-passenger cruise ship ms Midnatsol sailed her maiden voyage in April 2003 along the Norwegian coast. Her name means Midnight Sun and this magnificent ship has become a favourite with bright interior (decorated with a celestial theme), colourful décor and modern art of Norway on display. Together with MS Trollfjord, her sister ship, she is one of the newest in Hurtigruten fleet. This has been the 4th cruise ship to be named ms Midnatsol since the creation of the company.

Cruise itinerary program

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

In 2016 Fall the Hurtigruten expedition ship Spitsbergen replaced Midnatsol, which started its inaugural Antarctica cruise itinerary program in South America.

Cabins

MS Midnatsol has a total of 301 cabins (of which 23 Suite, 213 Oceanview, 61 Inside) in 11 grades. Cabins as sizes vary from 64 to 484 square feet. Four are wheelchair-accessible. Most ms Midnatsol staterooms are 75-140-sq.foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard ms Midnatsol are the Owner’s Suites. Passengers may take advantage of some staterooms amenities such as telephone, bath products, radio, heated floors, and a writing desk.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Midnatsol features various dining venues. Dining in the main restaurant is relaxed and informal. All menus are planned around seasonal fresh ingredients and benefit from local produce to satisfy guests' healthy appetites stimulated by the sea air. The 24-hour cafe offers drinks and snacks. There are also a selection of lounges and bars with drinks available.

MS Midnatsol cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Midnatsol restaurants and food bars.

  • Midnatsol Restaurant (ship’s 335-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).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Onboard MS Midnatsol you can have an unforgettable cruising experience. What would you say about 35 ports of call in seven days? This unique ship is a combination of a cargo ship, car and passenger ferry, expedition vessel and a luxury cruise ship. Many passengers use Hurtigruten’s ships as transportation, point-to-point, along the Norwegian coast, up to 50 travel with their automobiles.

MS Midnatsol cruise ship

Evenings cannot be boring with the existence of the Mysterier Bar, a full-service bar with unforgettable views. If passengers do not like noisy places, they can go to some quiet place like the Sun Deck and star gaze or watch the Northern Lights. Except staying all the time on board the MS Midnatsol, guests could benefit from exciting shore excursions and lectures by historians and naturalists about Norwegian culture, the Northern Lights, and Norwegian Christmas traditions.

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

  • The Car Deck (capacity of 45 cars)
  • Conference Rooms (Stjerne and Sol; host multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts, films about Norway; no onboard show programis offered)
  • Mane Amphitheatre (hosts multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts)
  • Midtsommer Cafe (24-hour cafeteria, with a la carte menu for snacks; has a separate seating area “Cafe” used for reading)
  • Kids Playroom (no organized activities/babysitting are offered); Video Games Arcade
  • The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs, Hutigruten logo merchandise, jewelry, toiletries, clothing)
  • Promenade Deck (full-circle open-air deck space)
  • Panorama Lounge (2-deck high, with floor-ceiling windows)
  • Paradis Bar (a seating area served by the Mysterier Bar)
  • Mysterier Bar (with floor-ceiling windows; features a selection of Norway’s Aquavit liquors)
  • Internet corner/Internet Cafe (4 Internet computers and a printer, free of charge); Library
  • The Hamsun Room (decorated with wood-panels and paintings by Norwegian artist Kenneth Blom; great to use the free Wi-Fi)
  • Horisont Hall and Horisont Gallery (indoor observation lounge with panoramic windows, served by the Polar Bar)
  • Polar Bar (12-seat, with great views of Atrium levels below)
  • The TRIM Fitness (equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills, free weights); Saunas (for men/women); 2 jacuzzis
  • 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 Midnatsol wiki

  • Midnatsol cruise ship (name means "Midnight Sun") is from the fleet of the Norwegian coastal voyage operator Hurtigruten (cruise and ferry services). The vessel joined the fleet in 2003 as sister to Trollfjord. It is the fourth Hurtigruten ship to bear this name. One of the previous namesakes was the Lindblad Expeditions ship National Geographic Explorer.
  • Fun fact is, that in August 2004, the "Hurtigruten 365" series was recorded by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation aboard ms Midnatsol. The result was 20 episodes shown on television.
  • The Midnatsol ship boasts colorful decor, Norwegian modern art collection on display, large, 2-story panorama lounge above the bow, as well as large glass expanses which allow natural light to enter and provide extraordinary views. 
  • MS Midnatsol cruises along the Norway's coast. Some use the vessel as transportation (ferry). Other are cruise passengers booking the full 12-day round trip itinerary. Departing from port Bergen, the ship sails to port Kirkenes roundtrip. This is an Arctic outpost near Russia's border, stopping at uniquely picturesque 34 ports along the way. 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 voayges, the line offers flight-cruise package deals. Bookings are protected with ATOL Certificate. ATOL stands for "Air Travel Organisers' Licensing" (Civil Aviation Authority, UK).
  • (December 14, 2003 accident) Midnatsol ship was between Alesund and Maloy on a southbound course, when main power supply failed and all engine power was lost. The vessel was approaching a reef and the anchors tried to stop the drift, but failed. Passengers (102 at that time) were ordered to the lifeboats, but one of the anchors caught and the main engines were restarted. The cause of the accident was an overgrown inlet to the coolant systems.

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MS Midnatsol Itineraries

The below listed MS Midnatsol 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
2018 Nov 18 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2018 Nov 29 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2018 Dec 10 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2018 Dec 21 15 days, round-trip Christmas Adventure in Antarctica Buenos Aires$4130
2019 Jan 03 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2019 Jan 14 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2019 Jan 25 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2019 Feb 05 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2019 Feb 16 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4123
2019 Feb 26 17 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Montevideo Buenos Aires$3886
2019 Mar 31 14 days, round-trip Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands - Atlantic Islands Lisbon$1399
2019 Apr 14 9 days, one-way from Lisbon to Amsterdam Lisbon$1948
2019 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Bergen Amsterdam$1339
2019 May 14 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1606
2019 May 25 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1823
2019 Jun 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2133
2019 Jun 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2222
2019 Jun 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2222
2019 Jul 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2086
2019 Aug 10 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1911
2019 Aug 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1911
2019 Sep 01 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1739
2019 Sep 12 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1739
2019 Sep 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1470
2019 Oct 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1255
2019 Oct 26 17 days, one-way from Montevideo to Buenos Aires Montevideo
2019 Nov 11 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4948
2019 Nov 22 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4948
2019 Dec 03 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$4948
2019 Dec 14 17 days, round-trip Antarctica - White Christmas with Penguins Buenos Aires$6083
2019 Dec 29 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Jan 09 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Jan 20 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Jan 31 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Feb 11 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Feb 22 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Mar 04 13 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires
2020 Mar 15 17 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Montevideo Buenos Aires
2020 Apr 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1255
2020 Apr 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1470
2020 Apr 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1470
2020 May 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1670
2020 May 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1896