MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Spitsbergen

Year built2009  /  Age : 9
Flag state Norway
BuilderEstaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo SA (Portugal)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph
Length (LOA)98 m / 322 ft
Beam (width)18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage7025 gt
Passengers180 - 320
Crew80
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks8
Cabins180
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2015
Former namesMS Atlantida (ferry ship)
Christened byCecilie Skog

Current itinerary of MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen current cruise is 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen. Prices start from USD 980 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 14 Nov, 2018 and ends on 20 Nov, 2018. This voyage is also offered as flycruise deal.

Date / TimePort
15 Nov     Oslo, Norway(flight)   
15 Nov     Kirkenes, Norway   
16 Nov     Hammerfest, Norway   
16 Nov     Tromso, Norway   
17 Nov     Vesteralen Islands, Sortland, Norway   
17 Nov     Lofoten Islands, Norway   
18 Nov     Sandnessjoen, Norway   
19 Nov     Trondheim, Norway   
19 Nov     Kristiansund, Norway   
20 Nov      Arriving in Bergen, Norway   

Review of MS Spitsbergen

Launched in 2009 as mv Atlantida (ferry ship), MS Spitsbergen cruise ship is among the newest Hurtigruten vessels. The ship was temporarily named “Norway Explorer” in order to receive her identification numbers, after the 2015 purchase by the Hurtigruten company. Cruise operations for the line started in July 2016.

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 Spitsbergen cruise ship

The 6,820-ton, 320-passenger cruise ship ms Spitsbergen is the newest addition to the fleet of Hurtigruten. Her name was selected by fans of the line in a Facebook contest. Erlend Baldersheim from Baldersheim (near Bergen) was the lucky winner to be Captain’s guest aboard the ship on a very special sailing. Spitsbergen took her name after the largest island in Svalbard Archipelago: the northernmost part of Norway, where Richard With – the founder of Hurtigruten, started Arctic explorer tourism business in the far away 1896. MS Spitsbergen was christened on July 8, 2016 in Svolvaer, fishing village located in Lofoten. Norwegian explorer Cecilie Skog served as godmother.

The vessel was built in 2009 in Portugal, and was designed as a ferry ship (originally named “Atlantida”). After the 2015-2016 rebuilt to become a cruise ship, Spitsbergen has 180 berths and is able to accommodate a maximum 320 Hurtigruten cruise passengers. The line’s newest vessel features modern-design public areas, a big-capacity restaurant, spacious lounges (used also for expert lectures and observation), arcade games, library, a kids facility.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Spitsbergen itinerary program is based on Arctic polar expeditions and Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian's fjords. Spitsbergen 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.

In 2016 Fall, the ship Spitsbergen replaced Midnatsol, which started its inaugural season for Patagonia and Antarctica cruises in South America. In 2017-2018, on MS Spitsbergen were also introduced new itinerary routes for Hurtigruten - in Iceland and Greenland and New England (Canada).

Cabins

MS Spitsbergen has a total of 180 cabins (of which 8 Suites and 22 Inside staterooms) in 10 grades. Most ms Spitsbergen staterooms are 85-140-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (158). The largest aboard ms Spitsbergen are the Grand Suites (400 ft2). Passengers may take advantage of some staterooms amenities such as telephone, bath products, radio, heated floors, and a writing desk.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

MS Spitsbergen features various dining venues. Dining in the main restaurant is relaxed and informal. All menus are planned around seasonal fresh ingredients and benefit from local produce to satisfy guests' healthy appetites stimulated by the sea air. The 24-hour Bistro offers drinks and snacks. There are also a selection of lounges and bars with drinks available.

MS Spitsbergen cruise ship

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

  • Restaurant (ship’s 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)
  • The Bistro (midship location, selling light snacks and drinks; 24-hour).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MS Spitsbergen was built in 2009 in Portugal by Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo, and was designed as a ferry ship (originally named “Atlantida”). After the 2015-2016 rebuilt to become a cruise ship, Spitsbergen has 180 cabins and is able to accommodate a maximum 320 Hurtigruten cruise passengers. The line’s newest vessel features modern-design public areas, a big-capacity restaurant, spacious lounges (used also for expert lectures and observation), arcade games, library, a kids facility.

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

  • Main Lounge (hosts daily multimedia presentations and lectures by wildlife experts and expert scientists)
  • Kids Playroom and Nursery; Video Games Arcade
  • The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs, Hutigruten logo merchandise, jewelry, toiletries, clothing)
  • Observation Lounge (offers 270-degree scenery views; served by its own full bar)
  • Promenade Deck
  • Internet corner/Internet Cafe (4 Internet computers and a printer, free of charge); Library
  • The TRIM Fitness (equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills, free weights); Sauna; Two outdoor whirlpools
  • Helipad (used mainly for medical emergencies)
  • 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 Spitsbergen wiki

  • Spitsbergen cruise ship (built as MV Atlantida ferry) is the newest expedition cruise ship in the fleet of the Norwegian company Hurtigruten. The vessel's name was selected after a contest organized by the company on its Facebook page. The ship is named after the biggest island from the Svalbard Archipelago (northernmost Norway).
  • This Hurtigruten ship was originally designed and built as a ferry cruise ship to operate in the Azores Islands (Portugal). After the purchase in early 2015, the vessel was renamed "MS Norway Explorer" and given its identification numbers (IMO, MMSI, call-sign). During the extensive drydock refit and refurbishment, MS Spitsbergen was remodeled in order to serve the Hurtigruten's Arctic cruise expedition program, and also the regularly operated Norwegian Coastal Voyages along the country's coast.
  • The Spitsbergen ship was originally constructed for car and passenger ferry service in the Azores. During its 2015 drydock reconstruction, the vessel's hull was ice-strengthened. Adaptions to the marine diesel engines were also made to reduce its fuel consumption and bad emissions.
  • On July 6, 2016, was held the vessel's christening ceremony. For the first time in the company's history, the new vessel was christened under the midnight sun - one of Nature's most spectacular phenomenons. The naming took place near port Svolvaer Norway. The port town is located on Austvagoya island (Lofoten archipelago). The ship's godmother Cecilie Skog smashed the champagne bottle into the hull. For the Spitsbergen's naming eceremony, two other Hurtigruten ships were also present  in Svolvaer- Richard With and Midnatsol.
  • The ship's godmother Cecilie Skog is a professional adventurer, tour guide and expert lecturer from Ålesund Norway. She is famous for being the only woman who participated in expeditions to the North and South poles, also in Antarctica, Greenland, even to Mount Everest. She is also the world's only "Seven Summits" woman (standing on top the highest mountain on each of the continents).
  • MS Spitsbergen cruises in Norway exclusively. Its itineraries visit the North Cape and the Norwegian fjords Geirangerfjord, Lyngenfjord, Holandsfjord, with traditional one-way and round-trip departures from port Kirkenes (southbound) and port Bergen (northbound).
  • The ship's inaugural cruise was on July 24, 2016, leaving from Bergen.

Itineraries

Hurtigruten's official announcement said the Spitsbergen ship starts operations in May 2016. It parallels the MS Lofoten ship's itinerary schedule, having the same dates of departure as Lofoten. The ship visits all the regular Norwegian coastal route ports, but doing only daytime calls. It means that all night calls in ports are excluded from its itinerary. This is done to allow the Hurtigruten cruise passengers more daytime for shore explorations in all the key ports along the Norwegian Coastal Voyage itinerary. All regularly operated by Hurtigruten excursions are available for booking. An additional port of call for MS Spitsbergen is Geiranger (on all northbound itineraries across the calendar).

Follows the list of all ports of call:

  • 7-day (northbound itinerary) leaving from Bergen (day 1), Alesund (day 2), Trondheim (day 3), Arctic Circle & Lofoten Islands (day 3), Tromso (day 5), North Cape (day 6), Kirkenes (day 7)
  • 6-day (southbound itinerary) leaving from Kirkenes (day 1), North Cape, Lyngenfjord & Tromso (day 2), Lofoten Islands (day 3), Arctic Circle (day 4), Trondheim (day 5), Bergen (day 6)
  • 11-day (one-way combined itinerary) leaving from Bergen and Kirkenes
  • 12-day themed "Northern Lights Promise" itinerary
  • 11-day "Classic Round Voyage" - ends in Trondheim, with included Dovre Railway travel to Oslo
  • 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 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 Spitsbergen Itineraries

The below listed MS Spitsbergen 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 14 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Nov 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2018 Nov 19 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2018 Nov 25 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Nov 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2018 Nov 30 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2018 Dec 06 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Dec 11 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2018 Dec 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2018 Dec 17 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2018 Dec 22 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2018 Dec 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2018 Dec 28 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Jan 02 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Jan 02 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Jan 08 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Jan 13 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Jan 13 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Jan 19 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Jan 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Jan 24 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Jan 30 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Feb 04 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Feb 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Feb 10 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Feb 15 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Feb 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Feb 21 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Feb 26 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Feb 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Mar 04 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Mar 09 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Mar 09 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Mar 15 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Mar 20 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Mar 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Mar 26 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$980
2019 Mar 31 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1870
2019 Mar 31 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2000
2019 Apr 06 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$719
2019 Apr 11 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1414
2019 Apr 11 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$815
2019 Apr 17 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$719
2019 Apr 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1414
2019 Apr 22 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$815
2019 Apr 22 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1414
2019 Apr 28 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$719
2019 May 08 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Reykjavik Bergen$3092
2019 May 18 11 days, round-trip Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes of Iceland Reykjavik$3607
2019 May 29 11 days, round-trip Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes of Iceland Reykjavik$3607
2019 Jun 09 11 days, round-trip Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes of Iceland Reykjavik$3607
2019 Jun 20 11 days, round-trip Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes of Iceland Reykjavik$3607
2019 Jul 01 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen Reykjavik$4638
2019 Jul 11 9 days, round-trip In the Realm of the Polar Bear Longyearbyen$4330
2019 Jul 27 11 days, round-trip Circumnavigating Svalbard Longyearbyen$5257
2019 Aug 06 11 days, round-trip Circumnavigating Svalbard Longyearbyen$5257
2019 Aug 16 13 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Tromso Longyearbyen$5154
2019 Aug 29 14 days, round-trip Norway, Murmansk and Franz Josef Land Tromso$5463
2019 Sep 12 14 days, round-trip Norway, Murmansk and Franz Josef Land Tromso$5463
2019 Sep 26 10 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik Tromso$3607
2019 Oct 06 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Bergen Reykjavik
2019 Oct 20 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2019 Oct 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2019 Oct 20 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$744
2019 Oct 26 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2019 Oct 31 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2019 Oct 31 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2019 Nov 06 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2019 Nov 11 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2019 Nov 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2019 Nov 17 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2019 Nov 22 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2019 Nov 22 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2019 Nov 22 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1008
2019 Nov 28 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2019 Dec 03 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2019 Dec 03 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2019 Dec 03 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1008
2019 Dec 09 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2019 Dec 14 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2019 Dec 14 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2019 Dec 14 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1008
2019 Dec 20 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2019 Dec 25 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1377
2019 Dec 25 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2019 Dec 25 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2019 Dec 31 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Jan 05 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Jan 05 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Jan 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2020 Jan 11 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Jan 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2020 Jan 16 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Jan 16 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Jan 22 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Jan 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1124
2020 Jan 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Jan 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Feb 02 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Feb 07 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Feb 07 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Feb 07 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Feb 13 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Feb 18 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Feb 18 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Feb 18 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Feb 24 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Feb 29 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Feb 29 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Feb 29 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Mar 06 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Mar 11 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Mar 11 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1290
2020 Mar 11 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Mar 17 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Mar 22 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Mar 22 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Mar 28 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Apr 02 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Apr 02 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1255
2020 Apr 02 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Apr 08 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Apr 13 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Apr 13 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Apr 13 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1674
2020 Apr 19 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 Apr 24 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1470
2020 Apr 24 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 Apr 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 Apr 30 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 May 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1670
2020 May 05 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 May 05 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 May 11 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 May 16 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 May 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1896
2020 May 16 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 May 22 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$722
2020 May 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1286
2020 May 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1470
2020 May 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1896