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12-night Adventure to Antarctica - Highlights of the Frozen Continent Cruise

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Hurtigruten Voyages of Exploration: MS Midnatsol

Each Hurtigruten ship has something unique to offer. Despite their differences, they all provide the same intimate travel experience, with their own informal atmosphere. Comfortable lounges and ample deck space afford perfect views as you glide through some of the world's most beautiful and untouched coastal scenery.

Tipping Policy

It is not common practice to tip on Hurtigruten ships on the coastal voyage, but if a guest feels that crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service, tip boxes and envelopes can be found in the restaurant.

Public Rooms
  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)
  • Conference Room/Conference Center
  • Internet Café
  • - There is an internet café onboard. Wireless access is available in most public areas for use with guests' laptops or mobile devices. Please note that the bandwidth is narrow and reception intermittent.
  • Library
Entertainment
  • Educational/Enrichment Programs
  • - As a part of Hurtigruten’s seasonal product concepts, they offer some interesting onboard activities, demonstrations, and presentations during the voyages. The activities, which take place both inside the vessels and outside on deck, have relevance to the season they are sailing in. It is up to the guest to join and the activities will be announced in the day-to-day programs or announced on board.

  • Evening Entertainment
  • - The emphasis on board is on relaxation and getting away from the commercial entertainment which is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hurtigruten's aim is to get closer to unique environments and share the experience with fellow passengers.
Other Facilities
  • Boutique(s) (duty-free)
  • - There is an onboard shop selling souvenirs, knitwear, books, postcards, postage stamps, and a limited supply of toiletries.

  • Communications
  • - Private mobile telephones may be used on board although reception may vary. Check with your provider for costs when using your phone abroad.

  • Self-Service Laundromat
  • - Laundry rooms with washing machines, dryers, and irons are available onboard. Tokens can be purchased at reception.
Sports, Health and Fitness
  • Fitness Room
  • Sauna
  • Whirlpool(s)
Dining
  • Café/Coffee Bar
  • - Hot and cold drinks and snacks may be purchased in the cafeteria, usually open 24 hours a day. During the winter, times are advised on board.

  • Meals Onboard
  • - All onboard meals are comprised of Norwegian cuisine. The usual meals and seating times are as follows:

    • Breakfast - Open seating from 7:30am to 10am
      • Buffet style with a selection of cold meats, cheese, eggs, cereals and fruit.

    • Lunch - Open seating from Noon/1pm
      • Lunch is the famous cold table with a choice of fish dishes, cold meats, salads, a selection of hot dishes, desserts and fruit. Occasionally a cold table may be served.

    • Dinner - Assigned seating from 6:30pm/7pm
      • Dinner is a three-course set meal, please note there is not usually a choice of menu. Occasionally a cold table may be served.

    On the evening of departure day from Bergen a buffet dinner with open seating is served. Table assignment information for the remainder of the voyage can be found in the information envelope provided at check-in. During busy periods, there may be two seatings, and times 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.

    All vessels are fully licensed and prices on board are the same as in mainland Norway.

    Please note that tap water is not available in the restaurant, although still and sparkling mineral water - as well as soft drinks, wine and coffee/tea - is available for purchase. Tap water is available in the café and the bar area. Wine packages are also available for purchase and include one bottle of the ship’s purified water every day.

Shipboard Policies
  • Currency
  • - Norwegian currency is used on board. Most major currencies may be exchanged. Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Diners Card are all accepted. A cruise card can be obtained and used for payment for extras and settled at the end of your voyage. This may be subject to change.

  • Electrical
  • - Electrical outlets on the vessel are 220v AC. – 2 pin Continental-type, for which an adapter is required. Guests needing an adapter/converter, must bring their own.

  • Internet Access
  • - There is an internet café onboard. Wireless access is available in most public areas for use with guests' laptops or mobile devices. Please note that the bandwidth is narrow and reception intermittent.

  • Language
  • - Norwegian and English are the official onboard languages. The personnel at the reception and some of the service crew may also speak German. Tour Leaders speak Norwegian, English, and German.

  • Medical Emergencies
  • - There is no doctor or pharmacy on board. However, officers are trained in first aid and can provide emergency medical assistance. The ships are also close to land.

  • Safety Information
  • - Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable. The ships carry goods, vehicles, and passengers between ports, by night and day, as an integral part of Norwegian daily life. Hurtigruten ships are calling at ports around the clock.

    It is a safety requirement that all Hurtigruten passengers attend a compulsory safety briefing in Bergen before the ship leaves port. After check-in, and prior to embarkation, please go to the first floor of the terminal building where the safety briefing will be given at regular intervals by Hurtigruten staff. This briefing will last between 10 – 15 minutes with the first taking place at 3:45pm (embarkation is from 4pm, also from the first floor). The talk will include a demonstration of how to put on a life jacket, and the instructions to be followed in the unlikely event of an evacuation or other emergency during the voyage. The briefing is compulsory for all passengers including those who have traveled with Hurtigruten on previous occasions. There will be an opportunity to ask questions if you have any concerns. Guests may embark immediately upon completion of the safety briefing. The last briefing will take place at 7:30pm. Guests arriving after this time will be required to attend a safety meeting on board at 8pm, before the ship leaves Bergen.

    Please take time to familiarize yourself with the emergency procedures as shown in the cabins (there is a diagram on the cabin door and in public areas), and ask at reception if in doubt.

    In many ports there may be a good deal of activity on the quay with cars joining/ leaving the ships, and/or goods being loaded or unloaded. Please be alert to such traffic when embarking and disembarking. Take care during winter months when it is icy underfoot, particularly on the outside decks and when disembarking the ship or alighting from coaches. Ice spikes and other winter clothing can be purchased in the ship's store. Do not carry large amounts of cash and keep valuable items, including mobile telephones and cameras, out of sight.

  • Smoking Policy
  • - Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on the outside decks. It is not permitted when the ships are in port and fueling. The staff will advise when it is not allowed to smoke outside. Smoking in the cabins is prohibited and subject to a fine.

  • Special Dietary Needs - Advance Notice Required
  • - If you have special dietary requests, please inform Hurtigruten at the time of booking. They will do their best to meet such requests but cannot guarantee they will be able to do so. Special requests will not be accepted by Hurtigruten as part of the contractual agreement. Passengers on strict diets, such as vegan/vegetarian, may find that there is a limited choice.

  • Wheelchair Access & Special Needs
  • - Hurtigruten is happy to welcome guests who are not fully mobile. All ships (except MS Lofoten) have at least one cabin equipped for travelers using a wheelchair. Guests who use a wheelchair must bring their own, standard sized, foldable chair. Guests who need assistance in order to get around may need to travel with a companion. Those who are able to navigate around the ship unaided in a wheelchair need not have a travel companion. Please discuss this matter with your booking agent.

    In mainland Norwegian ports there is a ramp for embarkation/disembarkation.

    Excursions have not been adapted specifically for passengers with walking difficulties. Please contact Hurtigruten, or the Tour Leader once onboard, for additional information regarding suitable excursions . It is important that you notify Hurtigruten of special requirements at the time of booking so they may be able to make the necessary arrangements for you.

Offer ID

1277744

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