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MS Nordlys

MS Nordlys Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Nordlys

Year built1994  /  Age : 26
Flag state Norway
BuilderVolkswerft Stralsund GmbH (Stralsund, Germany)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)121 m / 397 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage11204 gt
Passengers622
Crew70
Passengers-to-space ratio23
Cars45
Decks7
Cabins223
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2018

Current itinerary / position of MS Nordlys

MS Nordlys current cruise is 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim. Prices start from USD 2086 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 12 Jan, 2020 and ends on 22 Jan, 2020.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
12 Jan    Departing from Bergen, Norway hotels
13 Jan    Floro, Norway
13 Jan    Maloy, Vagsoy Island, Norway
13 Jan    Torvik, Leinoya Island, Norway(Morning)
13 Jan    Alesund, Norway(Morning)
13 Jan    Geiranger, Norway(By Tender)
13 Jan    Alesund, Norway
13 Jan    Molde, Norway
14 Jan    Kristiansund, Norway
14 Jan    Trondheim, Norway(Morning)
14 Jan    Rorvik, Norway
15 Jan    Bronnoysund, Norway
15 Jan    Sandnessjoen, Norway
15 Jan    Nesna, Norway
15 Jan    Ornes, Norway(Morning)
15 Jan    Bodo, Norway(Afternoon)
15 Jan    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
15 Jan    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
16 Jan    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway
16 Jan    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway
16 Jan    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway
16 Jan    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway
16 Jan    Finnsnes, Norway(Morning)
16 Jan    Tromso, Norway(Morning)
16 Jan    Skjervoy, Norway
17 Jan    Oksfjord, Norway
17 Jan    Hammerfest, Norway
17 Jan    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
17 Jan    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
17 Jan    Kjollefjord, Norway(Afternoon)
17 Jan    Mehamn, Norway
17 Jan    Berlevag, Norway
18 Jan    Batsfjord, Norway
18 Jan    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
18 Jan    Vadso, Norway(Morning)
18 Jan    Kirkenes, Norway
18 Jan    Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway
18 Jan    Batsfjord, Norway
18 Jan    Berlevag, Norway
19 Jan    Mehamn, Norway
19 Jan    Kjollefjord, Norway
19 Jan    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway(Morning)
19 Jan    Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)
19 Jan    Hammerfest, Norway
19 Jan    Oksfjord, Norway(Afternoon)
19 Jan    Skjervoy, Norway
19 Jan    Tromso, Norway
20 Jan    Finnsnes, Norway
20 Jan    Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway(Morning)
20 Jan    Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway(Morning)
20 Jan    Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
20 Jan    Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway(Afternoon)
20 Jan    Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway
20 Jan    Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
21 Jan    Bodo, Norway
21 Jan    Ornes, Norway
21 Jan    Nesna, Norway(Morning)
21 Jan    Sandnessjoen, Norway(Afternoon)
21 Jan    Bronnoysund, Norway
21 Jan    Rorvik, Norway
22 Jan    Arriving in Trondheim, Norway hotels

Review of MS Nordlys

Launched in 1994, ms Nordlys is one of the six “contemporary” Hurtigruten ships, together with Kong Harald, Nordkapp, 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.

MS Nordlys cruise ship

The 11,204-ton, 691-passenger cruise ship ms Nordlys (Norwegian for “Northern Lights”) was named after the spectacular phenomenon visible in northern waters between October and March. MS Nordlys was launched in 1994 and its colours, art and décor are all inspired by this magnificent natural phenomenon. The unique environment on board was created by Norwegian artists. Nordlys’ guests are encouraged to unwind and relax in the elegant maritime atmosphere, including comfortable reclining chairs and panorama lounges.

  • On September 2011 after a fire on board the cruise ship, two crew members perished, 260 had to be evacuated. Quick actions by rescue teams saved the vessel from tipping over.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Nordlys itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian's fjords. Nordlys 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 Nordlys has a total of 223 cabins (of which 6 Suite, 184 Oceanview, 30 Inside, 3 for disabled) in 8 grades. Most ms Nordlys staterooms are 75-140-sq. foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard ms Nordlys are the Suites (320 ft2). All staterooms include amenities like radio, telephone, writing desk and bath products. The Mini-Suites feature also a television, sitting area, large windows and mini bar.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Nordlys 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.

MS Nordlys cruise ship

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  • St Jernesalen 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)
  • Aurora Cafe (24-hour open cafeteria with a la carte menu for hot/cold meals, snacks, beverages).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The atmosphere onboard is personal and familiar. The Sun Deck offers breathtaking views. Try the saunas to unwind or choose the Sirilund Club Lounge and Bar for a cocktail. There is also a well-stocked library and Internet Cafe and fitness centre for ultimate relaxing. Crew members take their job seriously and try to provide the best service on board.

MS Nordlys cruise ship

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

  • The Car Deck (capacity of 45 cars)
  • Conference Rooms (Rosa and Benoni; host multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts, films about Norway; no onboard show program is offered)
  • Sirilund Club Lounge and Bar; Knut Hamsun Library
  • 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)
  • Orion Panorama Lounge (with floor-ceiling windows)
  • Internet corner/Internet Cafe (4 Internet computers and a printer, free of charge)
  • Sirius Observation Lounge and Bar
  • TRIM 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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The ship was christened on March 22, 1994, in Oslo Norway, and sailed to Stavanger, across the North Sea to the UK (stopping in Newcastle upon Tyne and London). On April 4, it started the Hurtigruten service on the Bergen-Kirkenes route. The ship is named after the natural phenomenon in these waters, seen each year between October and March. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is the meaning of "Nordlys" in Norwegian. The unforgettable phenomenon appears in the Northern Hemisphere's sky as green, sometimes red "waves".

Nordlys' onboard experience is marked by delicate interior design including only natural art, and inspired by the Northern Lights, with beautiful brass fittings and woodwork. Passenger cabins as sizes vary from 86 to 323 ft2. Three of the staterooms are designed for disabled guests. Cruise passengers are primarily 50+ Europeans. There might be some Americans as well. Announcements are made in English, Norwegian, German and any other language that is spoken by large groups on board.

MS Nordlys cruises along Norway’s coast departing from Bergen to Kirkenes (and the reverse) and stopping at 30 picturesque ports along the route. Many use the vessel as transportation (ferry). Cruise passengers stay onboard 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).

MS Nordlys Itineraries

The below listed MS Nordlys 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 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1377
2019 Dec 27 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Jan 01 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Jan 01 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Jan 07 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Jan 12 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Jan 12 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Jan 18 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Jan 23 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Jan 23 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Jan 29 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Feb 03 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Feb 03 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Feb 09 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Feb 14 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Feb 14 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Feb 20 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Feb 25 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Feb 25 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Mar 02 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Mar 07 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Mar 07 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Mar 13 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Mar 18 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Mar 18 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1290
2020 Mar 18 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Mar 24 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Mar 29 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Mar 29 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1290
2020 Mar 29 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Apr 04 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Apr 09 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Apr 09 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Apr 09 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1255
2020 Apr 15 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 Apr 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1470
2020 Apr 20 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 Apr 20 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 Apr 26 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 May 01 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1670
2020 May 01 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 May 01 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 May 07 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 May 12 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 May 12 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1670
2020 May 12 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 May 18 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224
2020 May 23 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen $1292
2020 May 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen $1896
2020 May 23 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen $2086
2020 May 29 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo $1224

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