MS Spitsbergen

About MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is a ship purpose-built for polar explorations and offers a range of expeditions in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Arctic Circle. Named after Norway’s Arctic crown – the Spitsbergen archipelago – MS Spitsbergen underwent a full-scale refurbishment in 2015 and provides a warm comfortable base in which to relax after a day of adventure.

Throughout any expedition on MS Spitsbergen you will have the opportunity to enjoy many landings and excursions by Zodiac. Led by the ship’s Expedition Team, Zodiac trips grant easy access to some of the Arctic region’s hidden bays and inlets and dovetail nicely with the excursion programme which will run throughout the duration of your expedition. The programme includes numerous highlights, including trips to visit isolated communities, areas heavily populated by wildlife as well as landmarks noted for their historical and cultural importance.

To further enhance your experience during your voyage, guests are invited to join the Expedition Team in the ship’s Main Lounge for daily briefings, recaps and lectures.

There are four main categories of accommodation on MS Spitsbergen, comprised of Polar Inside Cabins, Polar Outside Cabins, Arctic Superior Suites and the Expedition Suite. All grades are pleasingly decorated and relatively spacious with en-suite facilities. The smaller Polar Inside Cabins have two single beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, while the larger grades have double beds and a separate sitting area.

MS Spitsbergen has one main restaurant which serves a combination of international cuisine and locally-sourced Norwegian delicacies. Here you can enjoy breakfast and lunch, served buffet-style, and evening meals which is served in two fixed sittings. The ship also has a Bistro where you can purchase light bites and snacks 24 hours a day.

After dinner, guests are invited to relax in the Explorer Lounge which serves a variety of beverages in a light, airy setting. As the night draws in, the Explorer Lounge provides the perfect environment in which to reflect on the day’s events and catch-up with your fellow travellers.

While there is no specific evening entertainment programme on MS Spitsbergen, one event that should not be missed is the special Arctic Circle Baptism Ceremony which takes place on the ship’s Sun Deck and gives you the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights when they are at their most prominent.

MS Spitsbergen’s other facilities include a fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi deck and laundry room.

Built
2009
Refurbished
2015
Tonnage
7,025
Length
9705 METRES
Beam
18 METRES
Guest Decks
4
Guest Capacity
335
Total Berths
243

Destinations

Arctic

Ship Highlights

  • Fleet of Zodiacs for excursions and shore landings
  • Excellent vantage points for wildlife sightings provided by the Sun Deck
  • Spacious theatre for lectures, daily briefings and presentations
  • Great range of accommodation options
  • International and regionally influenced cuisine served in two dining venues

 

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