MS Kong Harald

MS Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. There is a comfortable bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink.

The vessel also has a large compass area were you find the reception, the Expedition Team, conference room and shop. The top deck of the boat features a sun deck, observation saloon and panorama lounge, all of which provide splendid views of spectacular coastal scenery.

Specifications
  • Size small
  • Style Expedition
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 1993
  • Year of last refit 2016
  • Gross tonnage 11204t
  • Length 121.8m
  • Width 19.2m
  • Speed 17kts
  • Decks 6
  • Language Norwegian & English
  • Currency Norwegian Krone (kr)
  • No. of passengers 590
  • No. of crew 70
  • No. of cabins 227
  • -wheelchair access 3
Gratuities

It is not common practice to tip on Hurtigruten ships on the coastal voyage, but if you feel that crew members should be rewarded∘ for providing exceptional service, tip boxes are placed in the restaurant together with envelopes.

Facilities
No
Yes
Designated areas only
Not available
Accommodation

The facilities in Hurtigruten 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 hairdryer. Tea/Coffee making facilities are available in suites only.

Decks
Dining

On board our ships you can choose between different menus - all based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. While you’re relaxing on board or enjoying excursions, local fishermen are out securing the day’s catch, such as Arctic char from the deep, cold waters of Sigerfjord in Vesterålen.

Chef Eirik is confident that the fresh local ingredients they serve enhances the experience of sailing Norway´s coastline:

‘Procuring, preparing and serving fresh, locally produced food is vital to the coastal experience. Our local interaction also generates positive ripple effects and good stories from the communities we visit. Our passengers experience an authenticity few others can offer. They can even buy some of the local products on board the ship. That way they get to savour their Norwegian coastal experience a little longer,’ chef Larsen says smiling.

Food blogger Anders Husa on the menu on board:

It is the artful combination of tastes and contrasting textures that make these dishes so delicious and exciting. Also, when you know that the animals had good lives, the food tastes even better!

Entertainment

The emphasis onboard is on relaxation and discovery, and not the commercial entertainment that is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hurtigruten’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.

Health and fitness

A sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs.

Enrichment

Enjoy a lecture on the ship's deck or in one of the conference rooms and learn something new.

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