MS Maud, previously MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsens “Maud” from 1917. The original “Maud” got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway. She also had her namesake in Hurtigruten’s 1925 flagship DS Dronning Maud (“DS Queen Maud”).
Today´s MS Maud is equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well-suited for expedition cruises in Norway.
Premium comfort, Science Center and gym
The interior of the ship features natural Scandinavian materials like granite, oak, birch and wool, to create a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. On deck 5, you can visit our Science Center, which is packed with state-of-the-art technology and interactive learning tools.
On deck 9, you can enjoy the spectacular views from the outdoor Observation deck, workout in the outdoor gym and soak in one of the hot tubs. And there´s no better way to enjoy the view than with a refreshment in the Explorer lounge & bar.
More sustainable voyages - powered with biofuel
Sustainability is the core of every detail of your Hurtigruten adventure. Hurtigruten is constantly pushing boundaries, and aim to become completely emission free. As the first cruise line in the world, Hurtigruten is permanently introducing biodiesel as fuel on a number of ships – including MS Maud.
Biodiesel reduces (CO2) emissions with up to 80 % (compared to regular marine diesel). Hurtigruten’s environmentally certified biodiesel is produced from waste from industries such as fisheries and agriculture – which means no palm oil is used in the biofuel production and no negative effects on rainforests. Hurtigruten will use biodiesel in combination with other low-emission fuel.
As the rest of the Hurtigruten fleet, single-use plastic is banned on MS Maud. This ship is also equipped for shore power, completely eliminating emissions when docked in ports with shore power facilities.
Facilities on board MS Maud
Cabins and public areas
Norway´s stunning scenery is reflected in the ship´s interior design. Comfortable cabins and suites feature natural Scandinavian materials, such as granite, oak, birch and wool. Our stylish and welcoming public areas create great places to watch the world´s most beautiful coastline pass by.
The hub of onboard learning is our Science Center, an edutainment venue where guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore.
Welcome onboard to a culinary journey and our award-winning food sourcing program - Norway's Coastal Kitchen. You will find ingredients from our local suppliers along the coast in all three restaurants. Restaurant Aune - our main dining room; Fredheim - with casual fast food and plant based alternatives; and our fine dining restaurant Lindstrøm, named after Polar Hero and Amundsen Chef Adolf Lindstrøm. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy.
Wellness and Relaxation
After a day of exploring, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the hot tubs, exercise in the gym, take in the scenery in the elegant Explorer Lounge & Bar, or browse in the on-board shop.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon and Shutterstock / Hurtigruten
Onboard Expedition Team
Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable, the Expedition Team will be your guides on your cruise, instructing you on safety, sustainability and science.
The team will present lectures and lead activities during the cruise to help you learn more about the natural and cultural treasures of Norway. They will also introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv’ (outdoor life) and encourage you to join in exciting activities during the expedition.￼ We provide all the gear you will need.