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Specifications of MS Nordkapp
|Year built||1996 / Age: 24|
|Builder||Kleven Verft AS (Ulsteinvik, Norway)|
|Class||cruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Bergen-Kirkenes|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||123 m / 404 ft|
|Beam (width)||20 m / 66 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||11386 gt|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Christened by||HM Queen Sonja of Norway|
MS Nordkapp Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Nov 17||11 days, round-trip Northern Lights Norwegian Classic Coastal Voyage||Bergen||$1980|
|2020 Nov 28||11 days, round-trip Northern Lights Norwegian Classic Coastal Voyage||Bergen||$2005|
|2020 Dec 09||11 days, round-trip Northern Lights Norwegian Coastal Voyage||Bergen||$1754|
|2020 Dec 20||11 days, round-trip Christmas Northern Lights Norwegian Coastal Voyage||Bergen||$2005|
|2020 Dec 31||11 days, round-trip New Years Northern Lights Coastal Voyage||Bergen||$1629|
|2021 May 01||11 days, round-trip Spring Norwegian Classic Round Voyage||Bergen||$2507|
MS Nordkapp Review
Review of MS Nordkapp
Launched in 1996, ms Nordkapp is one of the six “contemporary” Hurtigruten ships, together with Kong Harald, Nordlys, Nordnorge, Polarlys and Richard With. Together with her fleet mates, Nordkapp 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.
The 11,386-ton, 691-passenger cruise ship ms Nordkapp was built in 1996 for Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab by Kleven Verft AS, Norway, for use in ferry service along Norway’s coast. MS Nordkapp is a sister ship of MS Nordnorge and MS Polarlys, one of the 11 ships sailing the Norwegian coast. MS Nordkapp was named after North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, which has always attracted explorers after being named in 1553 by Richard Chancellor. The ship is part of the built in the 1990s ship class and has been upgraded with Jacuzzis and junior suites. Norway’s Queen Sonja is the godmother of Hurtigruten’s Nordkapp.
- 29 November 2001: MS Nordkapp just outside Henningsvær, in Lofoten, suffered both main engine failure. In order to avoid running aground, both anchors were dropped. People on board were prepared for evacuation. Happily, 2 hours after the incident ship engineers started the engine and the vessel was able to reach Bodø, Norway.
- 2005: It was decided MS Nordkapp change its route out of the Norwegian coast and enter service in the Baltic Sea before cruising Antarctica to Chile.
- 2005-2006: The cruise ship took the western coast of Norway during spring, summer, and part of fall before going back to the Chile/Antarctica route in the winter (summer in the southern hemisphere).
- May 2007: MS Nordkapp went again to Norway's coastal route.
- January 2007: Incident history, MS Nordkapp ran aground off Deception Island without injured passengers.
Cruise itinerary program
MS Nordkapp itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Nordkapp 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.
MS Nordkapp has a total of 218 cabins (of which 10 Suite, 184 Oceanview, 21 Inside) in 8 grades. Most ms Nordkapp staterooms are 75-140-sq. foot Oceanview rooms. Passenger cabins as sizes vary from 66 to 323 ft2. Three of the staterooms are designed for disabled guests. The largest aboard ms Nordkapp are the Suites. All staterooms include amenities like radio, telephone, writing desk, and bath products. The Suites feature also a television, sitting area, large windows, and minibar.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
MS Nordkapp features some qualities which separate her from the traditional cruise ships. The everyday conveniences are offered in a large ship setting. The main restaurant offers a relaxed informal atmosphere in the evenings, and all menus use locally-sourced fresh ingredients. Hurtigruten dining boasts authentic Norwegian specialties and international cuisine.
Torget Restaurant (Deck 4) is the Nordkapp ship’s Dining Room with floor-ceiling windows and a large buffet station in the middle. Here are offered buffet-style Breakfast (7-10 am) and Lunch (11:30 am - 2:30 pm). Dinner is waiter-served, with 4 seatings, a 3-course menu (plus a la carte menu with light snacks). In the Torget Restaurant are also sold Hurtigruten wine packages.
Multe Bakery (Deck 7 midship) is a patisserie/ice cream bar with a knitting corner and jigsaw puzzles. It offers freshly baked cakes and pastries along with a range of local ice creams. Guests can try the stockfish, brown cheese, and cloudberry ice cream.
Brygga Bistro (Deck 4) offers cafe-style food and is perfect for a light lunch. It serves beverages, sandwiches, and burgers throughout the day.
Kysten Arctic Fine Dining (Deck 4) 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.
Unlike most Hurtigruten ships, Polarlys has no 24-hour open Cafe Restaurant (Cafeteria with a la carte menu for hot/cold meals, snacks, beverages). The only 24-hours open venue is the Reception, offering guest assistance and information, along with a reduced variety of beverages, packed snacks, and sandwiches.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The onboard entertainment is low-key as most of the time is spent in discussions with fellow passengers. Occasionally, there may be live music performances in the evenings at the Bar Lounge. The ship has a small Fitness (gym room), two spa pools (outdoor jacuzzies), Infirmary. However, the small hospital is not served by a resident doctor/nurse. In cases of emergencies, the crew asks among passengers if there is medical personnel, and the ferry is always navigating close to land to deliver sick passengers to a hospital if needed.
Follows the complete list of ms Nordkapp lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- The Car Deck (capacity of 45 cars)
- Two Lecture Halls / Conference Rooms (Deck 4) host multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts, Norway-themed films. A show program is not offered.
- Explorer Lounge and Bar (Deck 7 forward) is a Panorama Lounge (with scenic bow views from floor-ceiling-windows) that also serves as Library (shelved books, board games and cards playing).
- The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs, Hurtigruten logo merchandise, jewellery, toiletries, clothing)
- Promenade Deck (full-circle open-air deck space)
- Observation Lounge and Bar
- TRIM Fitness (equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills, free weights); 2 Saunas (separate 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.
The cruise ship doesn't have Kids Playroom (indoor playground), Nursery (babysitting facility), Video Games Arcade, Internet Cafe.
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Nordkapp cruise ship was christened on March 23, 1996, and named after the North Cape (cape on Mageroya Island) in Northern Norway. North Cape (71°N) is the northernmost point of mainland Europe and has attracted explorers since 1553 when named by Richard Chancellor. Godmother of the Nordkapp ship is Norway's Queen Sonja. The vessel was built as part of a class series created in the 1990s. Nordkapp's onboard experience is marked by varied themes of coastal culture. The ship is just like a floating art gallery (including artworks by the famous Norwegian artist Karl Erik Harr).
MS Nordkapp cruises along Norway’s coast departing from Bergen to Kirkenes (a mining town near the border with Russia) and the reverse, visiting 35 ports along the route. Many use the vessel as transportation (ferry). Cruise passengers stay on board for full round trips booking it as a cruise ship. 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).
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