Spitsbergen Circumnavigation 2019 - Ship & Cabins
13 day escorted tour from £5,400pp
MV Fram is operated by the Norwegian coastal voyage company, Hurtigruten. Launched in 2007, she was designed for expedition cruises, spending May to September in Arctic waters, November to February in Antarctica, with some very interesting re-positioning cruises inbetween. Fram is named after the wooden sailing ship built in 1892 for Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. This ship was later used by Roald Amundsen during his successful South Pole expedition of 1911 and it now resides in Oslo’s Fram Museum.
Today’s Fram is compact and modern, boasting a Scandinavian style, with wood finishes and rich fabrics. With a focus on safety and the unique demands of polar travel, she is large enough to provide ample public space and comfortable accommodations, and yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas and get you close to the action. She can speed along at 16 knots which means you’ll spend less time getting from A to B, and more time exploring. Ship stabilizers assist with a smooth ride and a fleet of rigid zodiac style boats allows guests to get out and about.
Life on Board
On board there’s a spacious reception lobby, a glass-enclosed observation lounge, restaurant, café, lecture rooms, Internet facility and library, plus plenty of observation terraces and open deck space. Internet clearly depends on satellite coverage and can sometimes be slow or non-existent but is that really how you rate an expedition voyage circumnavigating Spitsbergen? On board leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym, sauna and heated Jacuzzis. Cabins all have private facilities with shower, washbasin and WC, refrigerator, hair-dryer and room safe. As a general rule, outside accommodations on the higher decks have a picture window while those on lower decks have large round windows. Most cabins have twin berths, one of which can be turned into a sofa. Suites and some superior outside cabins have a double bed. Cabins vary in size and location, sometimes within the same grade. Detailed cabin information is shown below. MV Fram typically accommodates 200-225 guests, so you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers.
The expedition team of naturalists and experts coordinate landings and give lectures and presentations during the cruise. These may feature topics such as the history of the area, wildlife and geology. The team are readily available throughout the voyage and often conclude lectures with a question and answer session.
On-board dress is casual. Guests rarely dress up for dinner, and ties and jackets are not required.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided in the Imaq Restaurant on Deck 4. The restaurant boasts large picture windows on three sides so there are great views. Breakfast and lunch are open-seating buffets with a wide choice of dishes. Breakfast normally consists of juices, cereals, eggs and bacon, smoked fish, cold meats, yoghurt and cheeses. Tea and coffee of course, and the fresh bread baked daily is always popular. Lunch features the typical Scandinavian smorgasbord with cold fish and cold meats, cheeses and salads, soup, and a selection of hot entrees. There is also a range of desserts, often including pastries, fruit pies and ice cream. Dinner is either a plated set three-course menu with an alternative entrée (which you choose at lunchtime), or a dinner buffet if for instance we’re in the middle of a landing. Allergies and special diets, including vegetarian, can be catered for but please tell us in advance. Wine and drinks are at extra cost and, being priced in Norwegian Krone they tend to be more expensive than the equivalent at home. However there are better-value wine packages that you may sign up for once on board. The ship’s café is open 24-hours and you may help yourself to complimentary tea, coffee and water whenever you wish.
I-Polar Inside: Inside cabin on decks 3, 5 or 6.
Approximately 118-140 sq ft. Two single beds, one can be a sofa for daytime use. Shower/WC, refrigerator, TV, hair-dryer.
N-Polar Outside: Outside cabin on deck 3.
Approximately 118-140 sq ft. Mostly with one large round window, some with 1 or 2 portholes. Two single beds, one can be a sofa for daytime use. Shower/WC, refrigerator, TV, hair-dryer. Cabin 352 is smaller than average and has an upper and lower bed. Cabins 342 and 346 are adpated for use for guests with disabilities.
U-Arctic Superior: Outside cabin on decks 5 and 6.
Approximately 118-140 sq ft. Large window. Two single beds, one can be a sofa for daytime use. Shower/WC, refrigerator, TV, hair-dryer. Cabin 526 is smaller than average and has an upper and lower bed.
FJ-Arctic Superior: Outside superior cabin (with limited or no view) on deck 5.
Approximately 190-215 sq ft. Large window, but limited or no view. Double bed only (except cabin 503 which has twin beds). Seating area, shower/WC, refrigerator, TV, hair-dryer.
F-Arctic Superior: Outside superior cabin on decks 3 and 5.
Approximately 190-215 sq ft. Large window. Double bed only. Seating area, shower/WC, refrigerator, TV, hair-dryer.
M-Suite: Outside suite on decks 5 and 6.
Approximately 300-322 sq ft. Large window. Double bed only. Seating area, shower/WC, minibar, TV, hair-dryer.
MG-Grand Suite: Outside grand suite on decks 5 and 6.
Approximately 375-400 sq ft. Some MG suites have a private balcony. Large window. Double bed only. Seating area, shower/WC, minibar, TV, hair-dryer.