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Hurtigruten Announces Upgrade Of Its Coastal Fleet

Hurtigruten has announced a refurbishment programme that will see four of its coastal ships under-going a total transformation in 2016. The company is already undertaking a complete refurbishment of the newly acquired MS Spitsbergen.

The Norway experts have also announced plans to operate MS Spitsbergen as an additional ship on the Norwegian coastal route next summer, before she officially takes the place of MS Midnatsol in autumn 2016.

Four coastal ships to be given new ‘Arctic interior’

MS Polarlys will be the first ship to be refurbished in January 2016, during a 22 day programme of round the clock works. Upgrading of MS Kong Harald, MS Nordkapp and MS Nordnorge will follow.

The ships will be fitted with a modern Scandinavian interior, reflecting the coastal landscapes of the Arctic and all public areas of the ships will see changes with the reception areas, cafes, bistro areas and the aft deck all being renovated.

One of the highlights of any Coastal voyage with Hurtigruten is the local Norwegian cuisine served in the onboard restaurants, with menus changing every day to reflect the specialities of the area the ship is sailing through. The new, stylish restaurants with a modern Nordic feel, will provide an ideal setting for the menus. A range of fresh pastries baked onboard will be served and a new feature will be barbecue stands out on deck.

Facilities on MS Spitsbergen will be similar to those already offered across the Hurtigruten fleet and she will offer suites with a private balcony and full length windows - offering passengers their own private space from which to watch the northern lights or midnight sun.

MS Spitsbergen to operate new ‘cruise’ concept for Summer 2016

Passengers won’t have to wait long until they can enjoy the newest addition to the fleet as MS Spitsbergen will operate from 8 May.

For the first few months of operation, MS Spitsbergen will plot a parallel route alongside the MS Lofoten. However, while MS Lofoten will follow her regular schedule, MS Spitsbergen will not stop overnight, leaving her more time to spend in selected ports during the daylight hours. All of the regular excursions such as rib boat rides, whale watching, horse-riding and sea eagle safaris will all be on offer.

She will also be the latest ship to offer Hurtigruten’s new Coastal Expedition concept, with a lecture programme, regular hikes and expedition team onboard. The new product, which was announced earlier this year, will operate on three other coastal ships from 1 January 2016.

From September, MS Spitsbergen will take the place of MS Midnatsol, who is heading south to Antarctica for the winter season. At that point she will operate the traditional Hurtigruten schedule, as a working ship.

For more information on voyages with Hurtigruten, please contact one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.