MS Nordstjernen

MS Nordstjernen Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Nordstjernen

Year built1956  /  Age : 62
Flag state Norway
BuilderBlohm+Voss (Hamburg, Germany)
Classcruise ferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsLongyearbyen (Spitsbergen Island)
OwnerMS Nordstjernen AS
OperatorVestland Marine / Hurtigruten Cruises
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)87 m / 285 ft
Beam (width)12.6 m / 41 ft
Gross Tonnage2191 gt
Passengers290 - 300
Crew40
Passengers-to-space ratio20
Decks4
Cabins150
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesDet Bergenske Dampskibsselskap, Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap, Hurtigruten, Vestland Rederi

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 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 Nordstjernen cruise ship

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 From 2010 to 2012 Nordstjernen operated on Hurtigruten coastal service, but in March 2012, the ship was withdrawn from coastal service and replaced by MS Finnmarken.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 new home port of the ship is 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.

Cabins

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 specialties. The restaurant is a cozy room with original Norwegian paintings. Reservations apply to dinner only. There is only one sitting, unless the ship is full.

MS Nordstjernen cruise ship

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  • 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 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.

MS Nordstjernen cruise ship

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 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 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).

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MS Nordstjernen Itineraries

The below listed MS Nordstjernen 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 May 21 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 May 24 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 May 28 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 May 31 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jun 04 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jun 07 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jun 11 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jun 14 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jun 18 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jun 21 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jun 25 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jun 28 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jul 02 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jul 05 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jul 09 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jul 12 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jul 16 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jul 19 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jul 23 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Jul 26 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Jul 30 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Aug 02 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Aug 06 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Aug 09 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Aug 13 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Aug 16 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Aug 20 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Aug 23 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Aug 27 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Aug 30 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Sep 03 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133
2019 Sep 06 5 days, one-way from Barentsburg to Longyearbyen Barentsburg$1236
2019 Sep 10 5 days, round-trip Polar Bears and an Arctic Adventure Longyearbyen$1133