MS Polarlys

MS Polarlys Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Polarlys

Year built1996  /  Age : 22
Flag state Norway
BuilderFosen Mekaniske Verksteder (Rissa, Norway)
Classcruise ferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)123 m / 404 ft
Beam (width)19 m / 62 ft
Gross Tonnage11341 gt
Passengers619
Crew70
Passengers-to-space ratio25
Cars35
Decks7
Cabins225
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2018

Review of MS Polarlys

Launched in 1996, MS Polarlys is the last of the six “contemporary” Hurtigruten ships, together with Kong Harald, Nordlys, Nordkapp, Nordnorge and Richard With. Together with its fleetmates, Polarlys serves Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Voyages (NCV) program for cruiseferry 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 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 Polarlys cruise ship

The 11,341-ton, 737-passenger cruise ship ms Polarlys (translated from Norwegian as “polar light”) is the third Hurtigruten vessel with this name. The ship is quite stylish, furnished with polished brass, mahogany panelling, and a selection of contemporary Norwegian art. All public areas feature extensive use of wood, which creates the unique maritime atmosphere.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Polarlys itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian's fjords. Polarlys 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 Polarlys has a total number of 225 cabins (of which 6 Suite, 195 Oceanview, 21 Inside rooms) in 8 grades. Passenger cabins as sizes vary: from 193 to 322 ft2 (Suites), from 86 to 139 ft2 (Oceanviews) and from 64 to 107 ft2 (Interior staterooms). Three are wheelchair-accessible. Most ms Polarlys staterooms are 75-140-sq.foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard ms Polarlys are the Suites (322 ft2). For the comfort of the passengers on board are included amenities in the staterooms such as telephone, writing desk, heated floors, hair dryer, bath products, vast wardrobe. Suites feature a queen size bed, separate sitting area, television, and mini bar.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The main restaurant offers relaxed informal atmosphere in the evenings, and all menus use local fresh ingredients. There is a 24 hour cafe for drinks and snacks, as well as a selection of lounges and bars with drinks available.

MS Polarlys cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Polarlys restaurants and food bars.

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

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The entertainment onboard ms Polarlys does not focus on big shows, as the evenings are often spent discussing the events of the day with fellow passengers. Occaisionally, there may be live music in the evenings. A small fitness room and a pool are also available.MS Polarlys cruise ship

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

  • The Car Deck (capacity of 45 cars)
  • Conference Rooms (Folda, Loppa, Stad and Vestfjorden; host multimedia presentations, lectures by scientists/wildlife experts, films about Norway; no onboard show program is offered)
  • Midnatsol Lounge and Bar; Library
  • Kids Playroom and Nursery (babysitting is 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 (with floor-ceiling windows)
  • Internet corner/Internet Cafe (4 Internet computers and a printer, free of charge)
  • 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.

MS Polarlys wiki

  • Polarlys cruise ship belongs to the fleet of the Norwegian coastal voyage operator Hurtigruten (cruise and ferry services). It joined the fleet in 1996. It is the company's third vessel to have this name, with the word "Polarlys" meaning "polar light" in Norwegian.
  • The ship boasts extensive use of wood in all public areas, polished brass and mahogany panelling, and Norwegian contemporary art selection (sculptures, carvings, paintings, glass art).
  • The ship has rich art collection by Norwegian authors (paintings, sculptures, carvings, glass art).
  • MS Polarlys cruises along the Norway's coast - from Bergen (southern coastal parts) to Kirkenes in the north. Most use the vessel as transportation (ferry). Cruise passengers stay for the full roundtrip, booking it as a cruise ship. 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).

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MS Polarlys Itineraries

The below listed MS Polarlys 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 Nov 18 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Nov 23 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2018 Nov 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2018 Nov 23 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2018 Nov 29 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Dec 04 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2018 Dec 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2018 Dec 04 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2018 Dec 10 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Dec 15 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2018 Dec 15 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2018 Dec 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2018 Dec 21 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Dec 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2018 Dec 26 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2018 Dec 26 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Jan 01 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Jan 06 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Jan 06 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Jan 06 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Jan 12 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Jan 17 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Jan 17 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Jan 17 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Jan 23 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Jan 28 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Jan 28 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Jan 28 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Feb 03 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Feb 08 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Feb 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Feb 08 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Feb 14 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Feb 19 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Feb 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Feb 19 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Feb 25 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Mar 02 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Mar 02 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Mar 02 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Mar 08 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Mar 13 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Mar 13 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Mar 13 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Mar 19 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Mar 24 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1000
2019 Mar 24 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Mar 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2200
2019 Mar 30 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Apr 04 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Apr 04 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Apr 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1207
2019 Apr 10 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Apr 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Apr 15 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Apr 15 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1414
2019 Apr 21 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Apr 26 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1414
2019 Apr 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Apr 26 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 May 02 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 May 07 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1606
2019 May 07 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 May 07 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 May 13 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 May 18 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1823
2019 May 18 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 May 18 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 May 24 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 May 29 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 May 29 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 May 29 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1823
2019 Jun 04 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jun 09 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2133
2019 Jun 09 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jun 09 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Jun 15 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jun 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2222
2019 Jun 20 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jun 20 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Jun 26 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jul 01 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 01 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 01 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Jul 07 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jul 12 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 12 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Jul 12 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 18 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jul 23 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 23 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Jul 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 29 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Aug 03 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Aug 03 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Aug 03 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1963
2019 Aug 09 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Aug 14 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1963
2019 Aug 14 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Aug 14 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Aug 20 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Aug 25 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1911
2019 Aug 25 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Aug 25 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Aug 31 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Sep 05 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Sep 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1739
2019 Sep 05 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Sep 11 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Sep 16 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Sep 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1470
2019 Sep 16 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Sep 22 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Sep 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1470
2019 Sep 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Sep 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Oct 03 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Oct 08 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Oct 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1255
2019 Oct 08 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Oct 14 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Oct 19 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Oct 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2019 Oct 25 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Oct 30 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Oct 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2019 Oct 30 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Nov 05 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Nov 10 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Nov 10 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2019 Nov 10 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Nov 16 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Nov 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1008
2019 Nov 21 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Nov 21 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Nov 27 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Dec 02 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Dec 02 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Dec 02 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1008
2019 Dec 08 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Dec 13 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1008
2019 Dec 13 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Dec 13 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Dec 19 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Dec 24 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1377
2019 Dec 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Dec 24 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2019 Dec 30 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Jan 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2020 Jan 04 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Jan 04 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Jan 10 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Jan 15 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Jan 15 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2020 Jan 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Jan 21 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Jan 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Jan 26 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Jan 26 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2020 Feb 01 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Feb 06 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Feb 06 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Feb 06 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Feb 12 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Feb 17 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Feb 17 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Feb 17 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Feb 23 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Feb 28 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Feb 28 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Feb 28 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Mar 05 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Mar 10 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Mar 10 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Mar 10 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Mar 16 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Mar 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Mar 21 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Mar 21 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Mar 27 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Apr 01 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1255
2020 Apr 01 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Apr 01 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Apr 07 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Apr 12 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Apr 12 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1255
2020 Apr 12 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Apr 18 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 Apr 23 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 Apr 23 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 Apr 23 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1470
2020 Apr 29 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 May 04 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 May 04 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 May 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1670
2020 May 10 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 May 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 May 15 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 May 15 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1896
2020 May 21 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2020 May 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2020 May 26 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1049
2020 May 26 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1896