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 10 days, round-trip The Treasures of Portugal. Prices start from USD 3292 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 17 Sep, 2018 and ends on 27 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
17 Sep      Departing from Lisbon, Portugal   
18 Sep - 19 Sep     At Sea   
20 Sep     Santa Maria Island, Vila do Porto, Azores   
21 Sep     Santa Maria Island, Vila do Porto, Azores   
22 Sep     Santa Maria Island, Vila do Porto, Azores   
23 Sep     At Sea   
24 Sep     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
25 Sep     Porto Santo Island, Madeira, Portugal   
26 Sep     At Sea   
27 Sep      Arriving in Lisbon, Portugal   

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 May 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2918
2018 May 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 May 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2367
2018 Jun 02 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1851
2018 Jun 07 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3478
2018 Jun 07 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Jun 07 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2884
2018 Jun 13 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1926
2018 Jun 18 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$4442
2018 Jun 18 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Jun 18 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2946
2018 Jun 24 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$2466
2018 Jun 29 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3306
2018 Jun 29 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Jul 05 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1738
2018 Jul 10 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3228
2018 Jul 10 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Jul 10 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2692
2018 Jul 16 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1833
2018 Jul 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2986
2018 Jul 21 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Jul 21 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2433
2018 Jul 27 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1646
2018 Aug 01 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Aug 01 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2410
2018 Aug 07 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1683
2018 Aug 12 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2734
2018 Aug 12 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Aug 12 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2246
2018 Aug 18 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1502
2018 Aug 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2728
2018 Aug 23 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$3300
2018 Aug 23 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$2241
2018 Aug 29 5 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1545
2018 Sep 09 8 days, one-way from Bergen to Lisbon Bergen$2643
2018 Sep 17 10 days, round-trip The Treasures of Portugal Lisbon$3292
2018 Sep 27 8 days, round-trip The Southern Charm of Algarve and Andalucía Lisbon$1498
2018 Oct 08 14 days, one-way from Belem to Montevideo Belem$3694
2018 Oct 22 16 days, one-way from Montevideo to Buenos Aires Montevideo$6568
2018 Nov 07 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2018 Nov 18 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2018 Nov 29 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2018 Dec 10 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2018 Dec 21 13 days, round-trip Christmas Adventure in Antarctica Buenos Aires$6195
2019 Jan 03 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2019 Jan 14 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2019 Jan 25 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2019 Feb 05 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2019 Feb 16 11 days, round-trip Highlights of the Frozen Continent Buenos Aires$6184
2019 Feb 26 15 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Montevideo Buenos Aires$5829
2019 Mar 31 14 days, round-trip Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands - Atlantic Islands Lisbon$2098
2019 Apr 14 9 days, one-way from Lisbon to Amsterdam Lisbon$2922
2019 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Bergen Amsterdam$2008
2019 May 14 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2409
2019 May 25 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2734
2019 Jun 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3200
2019 Jun 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3333
2019 Jun 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3333
2019 Jul 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3129
2019 Jul 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3129
2019 Jul 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$3129
2019 Aug 10 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2866
2019 Aug 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2866
2019 Sep 01 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2608
2019 Sep 12 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2608
2019 Sep 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2205
2019 Oct 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1882
2019 Oct 15 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1686
2019 Oct 26 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1686
2019 Nov 06 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1686
2019 Nov 17 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1686
2019 Nov 28 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1512
2019 Dec 09 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1512
2019 Dec 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2066
2019 Dec 31 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1686
2020 Jan 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1686
2020 Jan 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1686
2020 Feb 02 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1935
2020 Feb 13 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1935
2020 Feb 24 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1935
2020 Mar 06 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1935
2020 Mar 17 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1935
2020 Mar 28 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1935
2020 Apr 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1882
2020 Apr 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2205
2020 Apr 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2205
2020 May 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2505
2020 May 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2844