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m/s Kong Harald

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Services & Amenities
  • FREE Wi-fi throughout the ship
  • Early riser breakfast available daily
  • Free coffee, tea & hot chocolate available 24 hours a day; cookies and snacks every afternoon
  • Fitness room with treadmill, stationary bicycle, free weights, plus walking/jogging track on Solaris deck
  • Souvenirs and sundries available
  • Reading room offering a selection of books and magazines. See our reading list
  • Playing cards and selection of games available
  • Cocktail lounge serving from noon until last guest retires
  • Nightly entertainment featuring onboard pianist, with local performers coming aboard in select ports
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown
  • Beauty Salon on board
  • Elevator between Navigator, Explorer, and Odyssey decks, plus hydraulic chairlift to the open-air Solaris deck

Enjoy this vessel on this Vantage trip:

Ship Statistics:

  • Built: 1993; Refurbished: 2016
  • Gross Tonnage: 11,204
  • Passengers: 590
  • Berths: 498
  • Length: 400 ft
Welcome Aboard:
Join us on an unforgettable voyage aboard the ms Kong Harald. In addition to cruising some of the most spectacular vistas on Earth, the ms Kong Harald serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations, and activities both inside the ship and out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Onboard Expedition Team hosts a lecture and presentation program and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck, you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture, and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the onboard Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of “friluftsliv” (outdoor life), and encourage you to take part in the various nature hikes and activities during the cruise.

MS Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. Onboard are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna, and a fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. Fancy a drink? Visit our comfortable bar at the front of the ship, named after famous Norwegian polar pioneer Fridtjof Nansen.

The top deck of the boat features a sun deck, observation salon and panorama lounge, all of which provide splendid views of spectacular coastal scenery. The vessel also has a large compass area with reception, conference facilities, and shop.

Special features:
  • Onboard Expedition Team
  • Refurbished in 2016
  • Three restaurants
  • Bar
  • Panoramic lounge
  • Wi-Fi (for payment)
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Elevator
  • Conference room
  • Hot tub

Frequently Asked Questions About Coastal Voyage Cruising

Q: Are Coastal Voyage ships like other cruise ships?

Though they are working ships as well as passenger ships, most of the Norwegian Coastal ships look and feel like cruise ships. Unlike traditional cruises, however, there is no organized entertainment on board. Mother Nature is the entertainer!

Q: What are the cabins like?

Cabins aboard the ships are comfortable and cozy.  The sizes of the rooms are similar on all cabin categories (except suites).  The majority of double cabins have 2 lower berths while some may have upper / lower (separate and cannot be moved together). All have private baths. Only suites (not all) have televisions.

Q: Are the ships suitable for physically challenged passengers? 

The Contemporary class vessels have elevators and cabins specially equipped for physically challenged guests. 

Q: Is smoking permitted on board?

There is one designated smoking area on board; however, smoking is not permitted in the dining rooms or cabins. Smoking allowed only outside deck, not allowed inside areas of ship, or public areas.

Q: Are there laundry facilities? 

The ship is equipped with self-service laundry facilities including irons, ironing boards, and detergent, at nominal fee.

Q: Is there a doctor on board?

Although the ships don't have medical facilities or doctors on board, they are regularly in sight of land. Should a medical emergency arise, the reception staff will contact a doctor at the nearest port. In addition, onboard officers are trained in first aid and can provide emergency assistance.

Q: Are there travel guides on board?

You'll find a tour manager on board to clarify practical details. Also, as a Vantage customer, you'll have an experienced English-speaking Vantage Program Manager from the area to accompany you throughout your journey.

Q: What will the climate be like? 

The west coast of Norway is warmed by the Gulf Stream, so you can expect temperatures to be similar to those found in New England. Though temperatures vary from south to north, average temperatures range between 20 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and in the summer between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Q: Will I experience the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights? 

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can be seen above the Arctic Circle during the winter months only. Unlike the Midnight Sun, which can be seen above the Arctic Circle from mid-May to late-July, the Northern Lights can be seen only when the right atmospheric conditions prevail.

Q: What clothes should I bring?

There is no dress code on the Hurtigruten ships. Most passengers wear comfortable, casual clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate the changes in weather. The average temperature in the far north in summer is just over 50 degrees. A warm sweater, hat, gloves, rain gear, warm jacket, and a wind breaker are suggested, and good walking shoes are vital. A helpful hint: you may want to bring an extra pair of waterproof walking shoes for comfort!

Q: What is the tipping policy?

Hurtigruten has an official non-tipping policy. However, if you feel that the crew members should be rewarded for providing exceptional service, this is entirely at your discretion.

Q: Is the onboard electricity 110 or 220?

All vessels have an electrical supply of 220 volts. An adapter and converter are required and are available at most U.S. department stores. 

Q: What kind of meals are served on board?

All meals are included and are served at set times in the dining room. Meal times may vary if there are several seatings. If you love fish and seafood as the Norwegians do, you'll love the food on board.  7:00 - 10:00 am: A breakfast buffet with a wide selection of food 12:00 - 2:30 pm: Large lunch buffet with hot and cold dishes and dessert 6:30 - 9:00 pm: Three-course dinner.

Q: What about special dietary requirements?

The ship's staff does its best to meet special dietary requirements. All requests for special meals must be made at the time of booking, so that they can be passed on to the ship.

Q: What currency is accepted on board?

American Express®, Visa®, and MasterCard®. Most currencies can be changed at reception. Norwegian Kronor is the recognized currency onboard. A cruise card can be used for payment for extras and settled at the end of the voyage.

Q: Is there internet on board?

All ships offer internet access for a small charge. There are at least two internet cafe PC's on board and at least one wireless zone. Wireless coverage on board may vary from ship to ship and can only be guaranteed in the conference area. There is no internet access in the cabins. Please contact Reception if you wish to purchase access to the internet. Please note: Fees for Internet access aboard Hurtigruten ships vary for standard and premium access and range from $6-$50; fees subject to change as determined by Hurtigruten.

Q: Is there telephone & fax access on board?

All ships have payphones and fax. There is generally good coverage for mobile telephones.

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