MS Nordstjernen was built in 1956 for service on the Hurtigruten route. This traditional working ship is rich in character and is another from favourite for many a Hurtigruten enthusiast. Having been modernised during the 1980s it has been used latterly for voyages around the Spitsbergen Archipelago. The cabins vary in size and location, sometimes within the same grade. As a general rule, outside accommodation on the higher decks has a picture window while lower decks have portholes. Meals are served at set times in the dining room. Open seating, buffet-style for breakfast and lunch. The ship has a centrally placed bar on the top deck. Large windows ensure best possible view.
The ship has a panorama lounge on the top deck with comfortable chairs and panoramic view. You will find a casual atmosphere on board and there is no dressing up for dinner – their aim is to sail calmly through the crisp clean air, close to the ever-changing environment. Open seating for the buffets at breakfast and lunchtime creates a relaxed setting in which to contemplate the sights you have already seen and anticipate those still to come.
Inside cabin (I), 6–10 m2, separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa. Some with upper/lower berths. Outside cabin (A), upper and lower berths. Outside Cabin(L), 7–13 m2, with portholes, separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa. Outside Cabin (J), 7–13 m2, with limited/no view, separate beds, one bed can be turned in to a sofa. Some with upper/lower berths. Outside Cabin (N), separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa (some with upper/lower berths). Middle/lower decks. Outside cabin (U), separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa, table. Upper decks. Outside cabin (P), 8-13m2, separate beds, one bed can be turned into a sofa. Upper and middle decks. Mini suite (QJ), with limited view or no view, seating area, TV, mini-bar. Mini suite (Q), 18–20 m2, seating area, TV, mini-bar. Suite (M), 28–30 m2, one or two rooms, TV, mini-bar, some with private balcony. Grand suite (MG), one or two rooms, seating area, TV, stereo, internet access, mini-bar, private balcony.
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The restaurant is located astern on deck D. Large windows enable you to enjoy both your meal and the view at the same time. The bar is the place where passengers often meet after dinner for a coffee or a drink.
The emphasis on board is on relaxation and getting away from the commercial entertainment which is so often a part of conventional cruises. Their aim is to get closer to the unique environments and share the experience with fellow travelers. Films and presentations may be shown to illustrate the history and culture of Norwegian coastal life.
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