MS Vesterålen

MS Vesterålen is one of the oldest and smallest ships, named an archipelago in Nordland country, to the north of Lofoten. Vesterålen was also the name of the first Original Coastal Express steamship from 1893.

About the Ship

  • Year built 1983
  • Year of refurbishment 2022
  • Shipyard Kaarbø Mek. Verk.
  • Passenger capacity 490
  • Beds 301
  • Gross tonnage 6,261
  • Length 108.55 m
  • Beam 16.5 m
  • Speed 17.5 knots

Fresh and lightly refurbished in 2019 and again in 2022, MS Vesterålen has bright, informal public areas and lounges throughout. The last refurbishment included upgrading 32 outside cabins to Arctic Superior standard with double beds, rebuilding 4 cabins into 2 mini suites, upgrading the restaurant, the café, the reception area, and the gym, in addition to giving Trollfjord lounge a new look and feel.  

On a journey with MS Vesterålen, we will have a "behind the scenes" focus where the guests will get an opportunity to get closer to the Hurtigruten heritage, emphasizing maritime operations, logistics and hotel operations. With a focus on edutainment and engaging activities, we will provide guests with an in-depth knowledge of the different departments and the interaction between them.

 

Authentic heritage

MS Vesterålen provides passengers an authentic heritage experience. In its exciting programme you will learn more about the ship´s maritime operations, logistics and hotel operations. You will get an opportunity to get closer to the Hurtigruten operation and to learn more about the operation along the Norwegian coast. The programme includes the following:

  • Different topics every second day, related to Hurtigruten´s operations. Evening talks hosted by the ship´s tour leader, including interviews with different crew members who share their insights about work and life on board.
  • A short film and/or presentation during the evening talk programme about the engine room, bridge, galley, cargo deck, and more.
  • Practical courses within relevant topics, including "Learn to read and use marine charts" and "Make the Norwegian traditional dinner Fårikål". Due to limited capacity, these courses are available for a fee and can be booked on board .
  • Operational and historical `points of interest´/ fun facts presented on deck along the sailing route.
  • Exhibition about Hurtigruten´s  history, ship design and construction, route planning, navigational facts and operational development.
  • A logbook of the entire journey available for purchase at the end of the trip. 

MS Vesterålen has bright, informal public areas and lounges throughout. The extensive on-board art collection adds an air of sophistication.  The ship´s limited passenger capacity contributes to making a voyage aboard MS Vesterålen truly special.

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Special features: 

  • Panorama lounge
  • Smaller lounges in the front and back of the ship
  • Café 
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Conference facilities
  • Bar
  • Children's play area
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness room
  • Lift
  • Car deck

Parking spaces on board

Please note the following dimensions for vehicles:

Max Length: 540 cm/ 17.7 ft
Max Width: 230 cm/ 7.5 ft
Max Height: 190 cm/ 6 ft
Max Weight: 2800 kg/ 6,173 lbs
Campervans, minivans and trailers cannot be accepted.

Contact

Tel: +47 48 01 80 00
E-mail: [email protected]

Related cruises

Cabins

  • Expedition Suite

    Our Expedition suites are the most luxurious cabins on the ship. Situated on the upper deck of the ship, the cabins feature double beds, seating areas with TV, and bathrooms with shower/WC.

    An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

    • Mini suite for up to 2 travelers

      These refurbished suites situated on the upper deck have separate bedroom, double bed, sofa, chair, TV, and coffee and tea facilities.

      Cabin code: Q

      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
  • Arctic Superior

    Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic superior cabins. Situated on the upper deck, these suites have double beds, bathroom with shower and WC, and tea and coffee-making abilities.

    • Upper deck for up to 2 travelers

      These comfortable, refurbished outside cabins for up to 2 people on the upper decks have a double bed, a small desk, a chair, TV, and coffee and tea facilities.

      Cabin code: U

      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • TV
      • Double bed
  • Polar Outside

    Our Polar outside cabins on the middle or lower decks all have bathrooms with shower/WC. Most of the cabins offer separate beds (one of which is a sofa bed) or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

    • Middle deck for 2 travelers

      These standard outside cabins for up to 2 people on the middle decks have bunk beds, one of which converts into a sofa, and a chair.

      Cabin code: N

      • 9 - 11 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • Bunk beds
    • Middle deck for 2 travelers

      These comfortable outside cabins for up to 2 people on the upper or middle decks have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, and a chair. Some cabins have limited or no view.

      Cabin code: J

      • 9 - 10 m2
      • Limited view
      • Bathroom
    • Upper deck for 3 travelers

      These comfortable outside cabins for up to 3 people on the middle decks have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa

      Cabin code: O

      • 9 - 10 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • 1 twin bed/1 couch
    • Lower deck for up to 4 travelers

      These comfortable outside cabins for up to 4 people on the middle or lower decks have bunk beds and a chair. Some have a double bed and bunk beds, sofa, and a chair. The cabins have portholes with limited view.

      Cabin code: L

      • Porthole
      • Bathroom
      • Bunk beds
    • Accessible suite on lower deck

      Two wheelchair accessible rooms for up to 5 people on deck 3. These spacious cabins have wider doors, and accessible WC. One has double bed, pullman and a single bed. One has bunk beds, sofa, and chair.

      Cabin code: SD

      • 20 m2
      • Porthole
      • Bathroom
      • Varied bed types
  • Polar Inside

    Our cosy Polar inside cabins are on all decks and include bathrooms with shower/WC, separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All the cabins have individual specifications.

    • Upper or middle deck for up to 2 travelers

      These comfortable, standard inside cabins for up 2 people on the middle or upper decks have separate beds or bunk beds, one of which converts into a sofa, and chair. Some have a hairdryer.

      Cabin code: K

      • No window
      • Bathroom
      • Bunk beds
    • Lower deck for up to 3 travellers

      These comfortable, standard inside cabins for up to 3 people on the lower decks have separate beds or bunk beds, one of which converts into a sofa, and chair. Some have a hairdryer.

      Cabin code: I

      • 7 - 12 m2
      • No window
      • Bathroom
      • Bunk beds

Decks

  • 1 Deck 1
  • 2 Deck 2
  • 3 Deck 3
  • 4 Deck 4
  • 5 Deck 5
  • 6 Deck 6
  • 7 Deck 7
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