Named after the North Star, Hurtigruten's MS Nordstjernen sails exclusively in the arctic region. If it’s fjords, glaciers and polar bears you’re hoping to see, then she’s the cruise ship for you.
A smaller ship with capacity for 290 guests, MS Nordstjernen houses cosy interior and exterior cabins which – like the decks themselves – still feature original wood from the launch of the vessel in 1956. An extensive refurbishment in 2000 modernised this ship to make it one of the leaders of the pack in arctic sailing.
Offering shorter and mid-length cruises of one to two weeks, MS Nordstjernen doesn’t have the vast, flashy features of some of the round-the-world voyagers. What she does still have however is fantastic cruise cuisine and a choice of great relaxation zones.
Between shore excursions, you can relax in the panorama lounge or seek out a holiday read from the onboard library. There’s a bar and café to unwind in once dinner is over, and outdoor sheltered spaces for guests wishing to get some fresh air whilst enjoying the breathtaking views.
Like all Hurtigruten ships, the vessel itself is comfortable and well-designed, yet it’s the places you’ll be taken that are really worth dazzling at. Not wasting much time at sea, explore the fjords and mountains of Bergen, taking the funicular railway up to the top of Mount Floyen. See the Art Noveau architecture of Alesund and marvel at the walruses and polar bears on Moffen Island. In three words, simply ‘prepare for adventure.’
The facilities in Huritgruten cabins vary between ships and the various cabin grades. Towels and shower gel/liquid soap are provided in all cabins, in addition to this all cabins also have a hair dryer. Tea/Coffee making facilities are available in suites only.
The Polar Outside cabins are situated on lower deck and they all have bathrooms with shower/wc. Most of them offer separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
The Polar Inside cabins are situated on lower deck and offer a cosy atmosphere. All cabins have access to a shared bathroom and wc found in the hall). Most of the cabins have separate beds where one can be turned into a sofa, and others offer upper and lower berths. Some of the cabins have more facilities than others.
Visiting 34 ports, Hurtigruten have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers everyday. This means delicious new and fresh ingredients, both from coastal and inland areas.
Based on the season's best ingredients, the chefs create either three-course dinners or lavish buffets. Being a coastal voyage, seafood dominates the menu, accompanied with fresh vegetables and delicately flavoured sauces. Each dinner ends with traditional desserts, like home-made cakes, puddings, berries or sorbet. Breakfast and lunch is served buffet style, while dinner is a set dinner.
Passengers are requested to go to the restaurant on embarkation to make their table reservation. The usual meal times are: breakfast from 08.00 to 10.00 hours (open sitting); lunch from 13.00 hours (open sitting); dinner from 18.00 hours (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 and 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; 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. All vessels are fully licensed.
The à la carte menu is a dining experience out of the ordinary - a dinner made from ultra-premium produce from our local suppliers. For those who are taking a classic voyage, full board is included in the price, and you can upgrade to the à la carte option for a small fee.
Even if you don’t have full board, you are still welcome to order tge à la carte menu. On most of Hurtigruten ships, the à la carte menu will be served in separate areas of the restaurants. Enjoy two-, three, four- or five-course dinners, and choose from four different starters, five main courses, four desserts and our famous cheese. Additional wine and drinks packages are also available. You can only book the à la carte menu when you are on board.
The emphasis onboard is on relaxation and discovery, and not the commercial entertainment that is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hertigruten’s aim is to get you closer to unique environments and to allow you to share the experience with your fellow travellers. Occasionally there may be some musical entertainment onboard in the evenings.
Here you find large panoramic windows, ample comfortable seats and even a pair of binoculars so you can view the wildlife and details of the ever changing landscape.
Enjoy a lecture on the ship's deck and learn something new.
There are often lectures and presentations held on deck out in the fresh air. These lectures and presentations are related to marine and coastal life. For example, there is a performance of "Arctic Circle Ceremony" or "Leaving the Arctic" rituals when crossing the Arctic Circle, cod tongue-cutting demonstrations and training on how to fillet a fish, all of which are led by local fishermen. There are other activities on board, such as hunting for the Northern Lights in winter or sleeping on deck under the midnight sun.
Of course, all of these activities and lectures are voluntary. If you wish to simply relax and enjoy the view of the ever-changing scenery, you are more than welcome to do so.