MS Nordstjernen Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Nordstjernen
|Year built||1956 / Age : 63|
|Builder||Blohm+Voss (Hamburg, Germany)|
|Class||cruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen Island)|
|Owner||MS Nordstjernen AS|
|Operator||Vestland Marine / Hurtigruten Cruises|
|Speed||15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph|
|Length (LOA)||87 m / 285 ft|
|Beam (width)||12.6 m / 41 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||2191 gt|
|Passengers||290 - 300|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Vestland Rederi, Hurtigruten, Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskap|
Current position of MS Nordstjernen
Review of MS Nordstjernen
At the time of her withdrawal from coastal service in 2012, ms Nordstjernen was the oldest operational ship in the fleet of Hurtigruten. Nordstjernen is also the vessel with the longest Hurtigruten ferry service ever. In 2012, this unique ship was protected as Norway's national heritage.
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 2,191-ton, 290-passenger cruise ship ms Nordstjernen was built in 1956 for Coastal Voyage and is currently operated by Hurtigruten. In 2000 Nordstjernen was extensively modernised for exclusive Arctic sailing. Today the vessel takes explorers on sea adventures in the waters around Spitsbergen.
MS Nordstjernen was mainly used for Hurtigruten coastal service and cruises to Svalbard archipelago. In 1980 she was extensively refitted. From 2010 to 2012 Nordstjernen operated on Hurtigruten coastal service, but in March 2012, the ship was withdrawn from coastal service and replaced by MS Finnmarken. In November 2012, ms Nordstjernen was purchased by Vestland Rederi AS.
The ship's new home port is the port of Bergen. From the end of 2012 until July 2013, Nordstjernen underwent an extensive renovation in Gdansk, Poland, subsidized with 2,5M Norwegian Krones by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren). The ship left Gdansk on November 9, 2013, but on her way back to Norway ran aground in Karmsund strait on November 11. There was damage to ms Nordstjernen and she was repaired at a dockyard in Olensvag. She left the dockyard at the end of January 2014. In 2015 and 2016, Hurtigruten chartered the ship they formerly owned and operated it again for Svalbard sailings in summer.
MS Nordstjernen is named after Stella Polaris or the North Star, famous for helping the Vikings to navigate the north and seafarers find out their way back home.
Cruise itinerary program
MS Nordstjernen itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Nordstjernen 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.
The ‘old lady’ Nordstjernen is incomparable. Her cabins are plain, but cosy, with lower and upper berths. Less than a half provide private bathrooms, and slightly more than a half are outsides, featuring portholes. MS Nordstjernen has a total of 150 cabins (of which 16 Inside, 134 Outside) in 6 grades.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
All meals in Nordstjernen's restaurant, which spans the width of the vessel, are included in fare if booking the full one-way sailing between Bergen and Kirkenes or a complete round-trip cruise. The food is good mid-level cooking, with choices including standard international cuisine and Norwegian specialities. The restaurant is a cosy room with original Norwegian paintings. Reservations apply to dinner only. There is only one sitting unless the ship is full.
Follows the complete list of ms Nordstjernen restaurants and food bars.
- The Restaurant (offers buffet-style Breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Lunch 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Dinner 7:30 p.m. - reservations-only, waiter served, with one fixed sitting)
- The Cafe (aft of the dining room, 24-hour open cafeteria with a la carte menu for hot/cold meals, snacks, beverages).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
MS Nordstjernen attracts her passengers with an intimate informal atmosphere, panoramic decks and unique lounges. This extraordinary vessel is a perfect choice if you want to sail on a small ship with well-trained crew and pleasant accommodations. Despite modernisation, Nordstjernen still retains the aura of old Atlantic ship, restored with classic wooden interiors, new brass and all her original art, to her former splendour. Out on deck passengers come close to the untouched nature of Polar Arctic. With roofs over most of the deck space, they can enjoy being outside, even in severe weather.
Follows the complete list of ms Nordstjernen lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Bar (after-dinner spot for cocktails)
- The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs and Hurtigruten logo merchandise)
- Saloon Deck’s Lounge (with 270-degree views)
- The Panorama Lounge (with 270-degree panoramic views and comfortable seating)
- 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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Nordstjernen cruise ship was mainly used for Hurtigruten coastal service and cruises to Svalbard archipelago. The ship is named after Stella Polaris or the North Star, famous for helping the Vikings to navigate the north and seafarers find out their way back home.
MS Nordstjernen attracts with an intimate informal atmosphere, panoramic decks and unique lounges. This extraordinary vessel is a perfect choice if you want to sail on a small ship with well-trained crew and pleasant accommodations. Despite modernisation, Nordstjernen still retains the aura of old Atlantic ship, restored with classic wooden interiors, new brass and all her original art, to her former splendour.
By nationality, the ship's officers are all Norwegian, while the hotel staff and crew are Filipino. MS Nordstjernen cruises to the Norwegian fjords. Nordstjernen is mostly used as a ferry for both passengers and cars. The ship is powered by Burmeister&Wain marine diesel engines (7-cylinder), generating a total power output of 2500 kW. 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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