Shrimps on deck
Onboard activities vary depending on the season and the locations we travel to Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

A-Z on-board guide

An A-Z guide of what to expect on-board a Norwegian coastal or Explorer voyage

Air-conditioning

All cabins are fully air conditioned, as are all public areas. You will find a temperature control gauge in your cabin, which will allow you to adjust the air temperature to your comfort.

Bureau de Change

There is a limited money exchange service on board our ships; organising foreign currency is advised before you travel

Cabins and ships

A number of our ships have been refurbished with a New Arctic Interior, with inspiration drawn from the wonderful surroundings we explore. 

Cabin categories

Our cabins are categorised into Polar Inside, Polar Outside, Arctic Superior and Expedition Suites, with various grades, depending on the ship - please refer here for more information.

From 1 April 2017, our Norwegian Coastal voyages will be priced according to three stages, BASIC, SELECT and PREMIUM - please refer here for more information. The table below shows the fare options for Classic Hurtigruten voyages (Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen, Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim, Bergen - Kirkenes and Kirkenes - Bergen). See what is included in the different fare options and choose the one that will make the perfect experience for your customer.  

Included

 

Basic

Select

Platinum

Free choice of route and ship

 

25% Early bird discount

 

5% 1893 Ambassador loyalty discount

 

Child discount

 

Northern Lights Promise

 

Full-board set-menu dining

 

Choice of cabin (1)

 

 

Expedition Suites available for booking

 

 

Choice of preferred dining time (2)

 

 

Complimentary tea and coffee

 

 

Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

 

Specialty dining in the À la Carte restaurant every night as you wish (3)

 

 

 

Inclusive drinks package with dinner

 

 

 

Dining with captain (from 1 April 2018)

 

 

 

Platinum breakfast (a la carte) (from 1 April 2018)

 

 

 

2 exclusive shore excursions included (4) (from 1 April 2018)

 

 

 

Activity outdoor clothing package (from 1 April 2018)

 

 

 

Turn down service (from 1 April 2018)

 

 

 

Norway's Coastal Kitchen welcome basket with Champagne 

 

 

 

Priority embarking/disembarking (from 1 April 2018)

 

 

 

Private airport transfers in Bergen and Trondheim

 

 

 

Airport transfer in Kirkenes

 

 

 

Visit to the ship's bridge (5)

 

 

 

Complementary use of binoculars

 

 

 

 
(1) Choice of exact cabin number on Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen and Bergen-Kirkenes-Trondheim only
(2) Subject to availability
(3) À la Carte dining not available on MS Lofoten, MS Vesterålen or MS Spitsbergen
(4) You may choose between all offered excursions, but shore excursions marked 'exclusive' are available for Platinum guests only 
(5) At the discretion of the captain and subject to safety restrictions

 

 

 

Special Cabins

With the exception of MS Lofoten, all our ships have at least one specially equipped cabin for disabled passengers. Special non-allergy cabins are available on MS Finnmarken. Please contact our reservations department for further information. Prices for cabins which can accommodate three or four people are available on request and inter-connecting cabins are available on some of our ships.

Currency

Norwegian Krone NOK are used on board all ships only. Visa, American Express, Master Card and Diners Card are all accepted.  A cruise card which acts as a credit card can be used for extras on board all ships.

Dining/Meals

Passengers are requested to go to the restaurant on embarkation to make their table reservation. The usual meal times are: breakfast from 7:30am (open seating); lunch from 12.00pm (open seating); dinner from 6.30pm (set seating). During high season, there may be several sittings, the times of which will be shown on board. Full board begins with a buffet dinner on departure from Bergen and ends with brunch on the arrival day back in Bergen.

The food is Norwegian, with our concept known as Norway's Coastal Kitchen. Breakfast is buffet style with a selection of cold meats, cheese, eggs, cereals and fruit. Lunch is the famous Cold Table with a choice of fish dishes, cold meats, salads, a selection of hot dishes, desserts and fruit. Dinner is a three-course set meal and there is not usually a choice of menu. Occasionally the Cold Table may be served in the evening and the set meal at lunch time.

Please note: dinner is typically served buffet style on our refurbished ships. Dining options may vary between ships, namely, MS Lofoten has its own dinner concept with a menu from the 60’s, while MS Vesterålen does not offer the À la Carte Menu. Customers are able to pay to upgrade to the  À la Carte menu and all vessels are fully licensed.

Dress Code

On board dress is informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner the dress code is “smart/casual” rather than formal. The weather in most of our destinations can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations we recommend the layered dress approach that enables you to adapt to changes in temperature, wind and precipitation conditions easily.  For voyages during the winter months, we advise you to take breathable rain and windproof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal clothing can be useful, together with thermal underwear.

On land, sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful. You should pack a pair of UV protective sunglasses, even during the winter as the reflections of snow and ice can be harmful to the unprotected eye. An additional list of recommended clothing and equipment is sent out on selected departures. Many ships offer a Jacuzzi on board, so take your swimsuit.  Where necessary excursions include use of appropriate clothing.

Duty Free

There are no duty free facilities on board any of our ships. 

Entertainment

The emphasis onboard is relaxation and getting away from the commercial entertainment which is so often apart of conventional cruises.  Our aim is to get closer to unique environments and share the experiences with fellow passengers.  Some musical entertainment on some stretches of the Norwegian voyage will be offered but there is no organised programme. Ships which offer daily programmes and expert advice from an Expedition Team, are those offering our Norwegian Coastal Expedition voyages. On our Explorer Voyages we offer lectures and a daily programme, as outlined for MS Nordstjernen, MS Midnatsol and MS Fram.

Excursions

Norway

A separate Excursions Booklet is available, detailing all the shore excursions. Pre-booking excursions, wherever possible, is recommended as only remaining seats will be sold on board. Excursions booked on board will be payable in Norwegian Krone and the price may vary as a result of exchange rate fluctuations or local changes. It is not possible to pre-book within 14 days of departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and local conditions. Excursions can be booked directly with our reservations team or via the agent booking engine. 

Explorer Voyages

A selection of excursions and landings are already included in some of our explorer holidays with additional optional excursions available to pre-book or book on-board. Where available we will supply you with excursion information with your travel documents. Otherwise you will receive full details and prices on-board. Excursions and their content are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and local conditions. 

Fitness Centre

All our ships except MS Lofoten and MS Vesterålen have a small fitness centre onboard.

Information

There will be an information and safety meeting on board on the evening of departure from Bergen and Kirkenes in Norway. You will also receive an information pack. In addition, a Daily Bulletin will keep you informed during your journey.

On the Explorer voyages the expedition team or lecturers on board will organise talks and information briefings on subjects relevant to the areas visited.

Internet

There is an internet café on board all ships except MS Vesterålen and MS Lofoten. Passwords can be purchased from reception, costs are currently 40NOK for 30 mins, 60NOK for 1 hour and 200NOK for 6 hours (subject to change).

Laundry Services

All our ships except for MS Lofoten and MS Vesterålen have washing machines and tumble dryers.  Tokens can be purchased at reception.  On the other ships, laundry services can be arranged by the crew.

Library

There is a library on all our ships except from MS Lofoten and MS Vesterålen.  The books are in a variety of languages including Norwegian, German and English.

Luggage Allowance

There is no luggage limitations on board our ships.  However the luggage allowance will depend on the airline carrier.  The baggage allowance for most airlines is 20kg per person.  Check with the airline for the latest information.

Post/Postcards

Postcards and stamps can be purchased in the ships shop and cafeteria.  There is a letterbox on board most ships and where this is not available the reception will be happy to send post.

Safety deposit boxes

Cabins are not equipped with a safety deposit box. Valuables may be handed in at the reception for safe-keeping in the ship’s safe. Hurtigruten Ltd. cannot accept liability for the loss of valuables.

Shopping

There is a shop on but all the traditional ships. They sell souvenirs, knitwear, books, postcards, postage stamps and a limited supply of toiletries. On MS Lofoten this service is handled by the coffee shop.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in cabins or public areas. It is allowed on open deck but prohibited at all times when the ships are in port. There is currently a smoking room on MS Midnatsol, MS Trollfjord and MS Vesterålen which will be closed whilst in port. The Explorer ships usually operate a non-smoking policy throughout the vessel and smoking may only be allowed on deck.

Swimming Pools

MS Finnmarken boasts a small swimming pool.  MS Fram, MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol, MS Nordnorge, MS Nordkapp and MS Richard With have a jacuzzi on board.

Stabilisers

With the exception of MS Vesterålen and MS Lofoten all of our vessels are equipped with stabilisers. On the coastal route the ships enter the open sea, for a few hours, on only a few occasions during the whole voyage. The majority of the time the ships sail between mainland Norway and the coastal islands where the sea is generally calmer.

Tea & Coffee

There are tea and coffee making facilities in most cabins on our refurbished ships and it can also be purchased on-board. Those with a coffee card receive their 6th free once they have purchased 5. Tea and coffee is available free of charge after dinner. 

Telephones

All ships have pay phones and phone cards can be purchased from reception. Private mobile telephones may be used on board. Note that the telephone and mobile reception may vary depending on the area of travel.

Tickets/Documentation

Travel documents are generally sent approximately between 7 and 14 days prior departure.

Tipping

Most vessels have a non-tipping policy. However, if you feel that any crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service this is entirely at your discretion. On the following Explorer voyages you will receive tipping guidelines with your travel documents or on board: 

  • MS Fram 
  • MS Midnatsol voyages from October 2016 to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Antarctica
  • MS Spitsbergen voyages to Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland and Canada

Voltage

A continental 2-pin adaptor is required for electrical items. 
Hairdryers are provided in all cabins except on board MS Lofoten and selected cabins on MS Vesterålen.

Wheelchairs & Mobility

We are happy to welcome passengers who are not fully mobile and all ships except MS Lofoten have at least one cabin equipped for travellers using a wheelchair. Passengers who use a wheelchair must bring their own, standard size, foldable chair and travel with a companion who is able to assist them. In mainland Norwegian ports there is a ramp for embarkation/disembarkation. Our reservations team will also try to book appropriate hotel rooms.

We regret that Hurtigruten Explorer holidays are not considered suitable for less able passengers as landings and sometimes embarkation are by PolarCirkel boats or tenders. A certain level of agility will be required to board but crew will be in attendance to ensure passenger safety.

Not all excursions have been adapted specifically for passengers with walking difficulties. Please check at the time of booking.  It is essential you advise us in writing of special requirements at the time of booking to enable us to make the necessary arrangements to ensure a trouble-free holiday.

Wildlife

Our brochures, websites and marketing materials include pictures and descriptions of wildlife which may be seen from our ships and during excursions but there is no guarantee of sightings.

Working Ships - Norwegian coast

Our ships function as working ships on the Norwegian coast, calling at ports around the clock. You can expect some noise and vibration in a few cabins during loading of goods. This varies depending on the location of your cabin and the type of ship. Also, noise affects people differently and what may be a problem for one person may not be a problem for others. Please ask our reservations team for advice on the best cabin location for you.