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MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen.

About MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´. MS Spitsbergen cruises along the Norwegian coast from September to May, and becomes part of our global Explorer sailings during the rest of the year.

After complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel’s fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and we plan further improvements that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

Ship Facts

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Accommodation

You’ll find a variety of stimulating and relaxing places aboard MS Spitsbergen, where you’ll quickly feel at home. It’s casual and comfortable, yet stylish and inspiring, with a fresh, Scandinavian chic.

Expedition Suite

Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the cabins feature seating areas with TV, and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. All cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Outside

Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most have double beds, while others offer separate beds (where one is a sofa bed) or upper berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Inside

Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most of the cabins have double beds, while some are equipped with separate beds where one doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite | Owners suite on upper deck

These exclusive suites on the upper deck have a double bed, a separated seating area, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo, minibar, bathrooms with shower/WC, and a spacious private balcony. The first minibar setup is included for each item, each replenishment is chargeable.

Please note that we have a wheelchair accessible cabin within this category, please contact us to book.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Expedition Suite | Grand suite on upper deck

These exclusive suites on the upper deck have one large room, a seating area, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo, bathrooms with shower/WC, complimentary internet access, minibar and private balcony. The first minibar setup is included for each item, each replenishment is chargeable.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Free Mini Bar
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Expedition Suite | Mini suite for 2 travellers

This mini suite for up to two people on lower deck have double bed, TV, window, and bathroom with shower/WC.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Expedition Suite | Mini suite for up to 3 travellers

This mini suite for up to three people on lower deck have a double bed with an extra sofabed, window, TV, and bathroom with shower/WC.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Expedition Suite | Mini suite for up to 4 travellers

This mini suite for up to four people on lower deck have a double bed, one sofabed and one single bed, TV, window, and bathroom with shower/WC.

Facilities

  • Double
  • One Single Bed
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Arctic Superior | Upper deck for 2-4 travellers

These large, comfortable cabins for two to four people on the upper deck have double beds and bathrooms with shower and WC. Some cabins also have upper and lower berths and have a TV. The cabins have limited or no view.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Double or Twin Configuration

Arctic Superior | Wheelchair accessible cabin for 2 travellers

This wheelchair accessible cabin on the upper deck has a wider door and adjusted bed. The cabin has a double bed, bathroom with shower and WC, and TV. This cabin has a limited view.

(We have a limited number of wheelchair accessible cabins, so we ask that they are booked by guests who require these cabins. Please inform us in advance of your disability - you will find Hurtigruten contact information on the Booking Confirmation document.)

Facilities

  • Double
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin for 2 travellers

Outside Arctic Superior cabin with double bed, TV and kettle. Window view is party obstructed.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Lounge Area
  • Vanity Area

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin for 2 travellers

Smaller Outside Arctic Superior cabin with double bed, TV, table and kettle for up to two people.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Outside | Outside cabin for 2 travellers

Outside cabin with double bed, TV and limited/no view for up to two people.

Facilities

  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Outside | Outside cabin for 2 travellers

Outside cabin with double bed, TV and window for up to two people.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Vanity Area

Polar Outside | Middle deck for up to 3 travellers

These comfortable outside cabins for up to three people on the middle deck have separate beds and bathrooms with shower/WC. The cabins have limited or no view.

Facilities

  • Twin
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Vanity Area

Polar Outside | Lower deck for 2 travellers

These comfortable outside cabins for up to two people on the lower deck have bathrooms with shower/WC. All cabins have upper and lower berths.

Facilities

  • Twin
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Outside | Middle deck for 2 travellers

These outside cabins for up to two people on the middle and upper decks have bathrooms with shower/WC, upper and lower berths, and a limited view.

Facilities

  • Twin
  • Pullman Bed
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Lower deck for up to 3 travellers

This comfortable outside cabin for up to three people on the lower deck have bathroom with shower/WC, separate beds, TV and a chair.

Facilities

  • Twin
  • Pullman Bed
  • Vanity Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Inside | Superior inside cabin for up to 4 travellers

Spacious inside cabin for four travellers, with one double bed and TV.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Inside | Larger inside cabin for 2 travellers

Spacious inside cabin with double bed and TV for up to two travellers.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service Available
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Polar Inside | Inside cabin for 2 travellers

Inside cabin with double bed and TV for up to two travellers.

Facilities

  • Double
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Entertainment

You’ll find a variety of stimulating and relaxing places aboard MS Spitsbergen, where you’ll quickly feel at home. It’s casual and comfortable, yet stylish and inspiring, with a fresh, Scandinavian chic.

Explorer Lounge

The Explorer Lounge offer large panoramic windows with ample and comfortable seats. There will be binoculars for sale in the onboard shop. And the Explorer Bar, also hosting daily multimedia presentations and professional lectures by expert scientists and wildlife experts.

Explorer Bar

Located on Deck 6. 

Shop

In our on board shop you can buy modern clothing suitable for Expedition cruis. Our Expedition Team will be happy to give you expert advice on how to dress properly in polar areas. We offer a great range of both warm and practical clothing, and we focus fabrics with natural fibres. We also offer souvenirs, handicrafts, and postcards. In addition, we also stock a small selection of soap, toothpaste and other personal effects.

Observation Decks

The ship has spacious outdoor areas. They are perfect vantage points to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Reception

The reception is located on deck 5.

Observation Lounge

The Observation lounges offer large panoramic windows with ample and comfortable seats. There will be binoculars for sale in the onboard shop.

Library

The ship has a small selection of books that are available to guests while on board.

Dining

Aune

On board, we serve a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in accordance with your daily programme. Mealtimes will be announced in the daily programme.

You are welcome to enjoy an Aune meal in your cabin.

Enrichment

Enjoy a lecture on the ship's deck or in one of the conference rooms and learn something new. You will be joined on the Norwegian coast and on expedition voyages by expert Expedition Teams, all hand-picked due to their knowledge and experience. They will give lectures and lead activities all designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the areas you're sailing in. Learn about the history, cultures and wildlife. 

Lectures

The ship’s experienced lecturers command an in-depth knowledge of the areas in which we sail. They will conduct, on a regular basis, lectures on topics such as biology, history and geology throughout the voyage. The lecturing schedule will be announced every day in the on board daily program.

Expedition Team

The onboard Expedition Team is composed of the Expedition Leader, the Assistant Expedition Leader, the Expedition Coordinator plus several lecturers and experts. Your Expedition Leader will regularly update you on the progress of the trip as well as the different points of interest and wildlife sightings that may occur. Biographies of the Expedition Team can be found on board. In the ships science center, you will be able to find information regarding the trip and book optional excursions and activities.

Shore Excursions

We offer a rich and varied programme of optional shore excursions. In many ports, we offer an included excursion, which can be reserved for no additional charge. In many cases, the included excursion can be combined with other optional excursions in the port. Most excursions can be pre-booked, but may also be bookable onboard if capacity remains.

We advise that you book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment due to the excursion being fully booked. Please note that registration is binding, and once on board the Expedition Team will advise you of booking deadlines for excursions still available. Our excursions have English speaking guides unless otherwise indicated and other languages cannot be guaranteed unless specified. Excursions are subject to change and possible cancellation due to weather conditions. They are also dependent on the number of participants.

In addition, the Expedition Team also arrange a variety of activities during the cruise. These will depend on location and season, but may include hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking. These activities are booked on board and subject to availability. 

Health & Fitness

Fitness Centre

A small Fitness Room is located aft. This is a modern gym, equipped with treadmills, exercise bikes, a rowing machine, a ping pong table, free weights. Gym's back door leads out onto Pool Deck.

Sauna

On top of the ship you can get warm and cosy in the sauna.

Hot Tub

For a nice relaxing time our two hot tubs with capacity for 5 guests each. Located on the Expedition deck are ideal.

Deckplans

Deck 8

  • Observation Deck

Deck 7

  • Hot Tubs 
  • Sauna
  • Gym
  • Polar Inside Cabins
  • Polar Outside Cabins
  • Arctic Superior Cabins

Deck 6

  • Explorer Lounge & Bar
  • Polar Outside Cabins
  • Polar Inside Cabins 
  • Arctic Superior Cabins
  • Expedition Suites 

Deck 5

  • Aune Restaurant
  • Science Center
  • Reception
  • Explorer Lounge & Bar
  • Observation Deck
  • Shop

Deck 4

  • Polar Outside Cabins
  • Polar Inside Cabins
  • Expedition Suites
  • Luggage
  • Gangway
  • Medical Center

Deck 3

  • Expedition Launch Pad

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