MS Maud

A name and ship steeped in history, heritage, and charm. MS Maud is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen's 'Maud' from 1917. Today's MS Maud is equipped with advanced technology making her well-suited for polar expeditions.

A Small Ship, Big Adventure! From the moment you step onboard MS Maud, we want you to relax, discover new places, and learn fascinating facts. Whether you're ready to say hello to your inner scientist in our advanced Science Center or indulge your inner foodie in one of three restaurants onboard. This floating basecamp will be your home away from home as you explore the world around you.

This floating basecamp will be your home away from home as you explore the world around you. MS Maud has everything you need, ensuring you are ready to discover a world away from ordinary. It's the perfect size ship: big enough for a range of onboard facilities but small enough to sail close to the coast for breathtaking views and to access areas larger ships can't reach.


Accomodation Types

Expedition Suite

Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the suites feature seating areas with TV and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. Located on decks 6, 7, and 8. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Outside

Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Inside

Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Expedition Suite | Owners suite on upper deck

These exclusive suites are situated on the upper decks. The suites have two rooms, a seating area and dining table, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo, internet access, bathroom, minibar and private balcony. Travel the best way possible!

Expedition Suite | Grand suite on upper deck

These exclusive suites have a seating area, TV, kettle, tea/coffee, stereo, internet access, bathroom and minibar. The first minibar setup is included for each item, each replenishment is chargeable. Some of the suites also have bathtubs, and a private balcony or bay window.

Expedition Suite | Suite on upper deck

These elegant suites are on the upper deck with a seating area, bathroom, TV and minibar. Some have a private balcony.

Expedition Suite | Mini Suite on middle or upper deck

These comfortable suites on the middle or upper decks have double beds and most have sofa groups as well. The suites also have a TV, internet access, a bathroom and minibar. The first minibar setup is included for each item, each replenishment is chargeable. Some cabins have portholes and limited view, while the cabins on deck 7 have a full view.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Large cabin on middle deck

Most of these large, comfortable cabins with single beds on the middle or upper decks have sofa groups. They all have a private bathroom and TV. The cabins have limited or no view.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Upper deck for 2 travellers

These comfortable outside cabins for up to two people on the top/upper decks have a private bathroom and separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa.

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin - Middle deck for 2 travellers

These comfortable, outside cabins for up to two people on the middle deck have a private bathroom and separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa.

Arctic Superior | Wheelchair accessible cabin for 3 travellers

This is a wheelchair accessible cabin. The bed, bathroom and door are adjusted to wheelchair and have a private bathroom and separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa. The third bed is an upper berth.

(We have a limited number of wheelchair accessible cabins, so we ask that they are booked by guests who require these cabins. Please inform us in advance of your disability - you will find Hurtigruten contact information on the Booking Confirmation document.)

Arctic Superior | Outside cabin (Accessible)

Cabins on decks 6 that sleeps up to two people, with a double bed or a flexible sleeping arrangement, kettle and TV. These cabins are adapted for guests with disabilities.

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Middle deck for up to 3 travellers

These comfortable outside cabins for up to three people on the upper or middle decks have private bathrooms and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The third bed is an upper berth. The cabins have limited or no view.

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Middle and upper decks for 2 travellers

These standard outside cabins on the middle and upper decks have separate beds and private bathrooms.

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Upper deck for 2 travellers

These comfortable outside cabins for up to two people on the upper deck have private bathrooms and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The cabins have limited or no view.

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Middle deck for 2 travellers

These standard outside cabins for two people on the middle decks have separate beds and private bathrooms.

Polar Outside | Outside cabin - Lower deck for 2 travellers

These comfortable outside cabins for up to two people on the lower deck have private bathrooms and separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. The cabins have portholes, some with limited or no view.

Polar Inside | Inside cabin - Middle deck for 2 travellers

These comfortable, standard inside cabins for up to two people on the middle or upper decks have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. All cabins have private bathrooms.

Polar Inside | Inside cabin - Lower deck for up to 4 travellers

These comfortable, standard inside cabins for up to four people on the lower deck have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. All cabins have private bathrooms.


Deck Plans

Expedition Suite

Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the suites feature seating areas with TV and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. Located on decks 6, 7, and 8. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

Arctic Superior

Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Outside

Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Polar Inside

Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.

Deck 3

  • Expedition launch

Deck 4

  • Gangway
  • Reception
  • Luggage
  • Cabins

Deck 5

  • Aune restaurant
  • Shop
  • Lindstrom restaurant
  • Fredheim restaurant
  • Science center
  • Lecture Halls
  • Photo

Deck 6

  • Outdoor walking deck
  • Cabins

Deck 7

  • Cabins

Deck 8

  • Explorer Lounge & Bar
  • Library
  • Bar
  • Cabins

Deck 9

  • Observation deck
  • Hot tubs
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Seating Area


Dining

Wonderful meals await you aboard your expedition ship. Highly skilled chefs in our three onboard restaurants take pride in offering menus that draw inspiration from our destinations, while offering you a rich variety to choose from.

Aune

Experience cover · Cuisine varies

Welcome onboard to a culinary journey and our award-winning food sourcing program. On board you find restaurant Aune - our main dining room; Named after the Norwegian ship chandler and polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune.

Fredheim

Experience cover · Cuisine varies

The ships’ informal and social meeting place – named after a 1900s hunting station on Svalbard. Fredheim - with casual fast food and plant based alternatives.

Lindstrøm

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And our fine dining restaurant Lindstrøm, named after Polar Hero and Amundsen Chef Adolf Lindstrøm. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy.

Entertainment

A place of tranquillity and comfort to return to, MS Maud has the perfect blend of Scandinavian style and homely comforts to refresh you anew each time you return from your explorations.

Explorer Lounge & Bar

Enjoy the view with a drink in the Explorer lounge & bar.

Shopping

Selling souvenirs, knitwear, books, postcards, postage stamps and a limited supply of toiletries.

Library

The ship has a small selection of books on different topics that is available to guests while on board.

Observation Deck

The ship has spacious outdoor areas. They are perfect vantage points to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Resident photographers

Our on board photographer will be there to assist guests in the use of their photo equipment and to help improve their photo skills.

To enhance the experience of the places we explore, we use photography actively with our guests.

Slideshow shared on board before the end of the voyage and made available for all guests in an Expedition Log Book (includes a selection of photos as well as the Daily Programmes, Expedition Team biographies, Maps from the voyage and more for sharing/download).

Reception

Located on Deck 4.


Enrichment

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

Expedition Team on board

MS Maud has her own on-board Expedition Team and serve as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team will host a lecture and presentation programme 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 Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´ (outdoor life), and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey. Our dedicated Expedition Teams have one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage..

Science Center

The hub of onboard learning is our Science Center, an edutainment venue where guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore.

Lectures

The ship’s experienced lecturers’ command an in-depth knowledge of the areas in which we sail. They will conduct, on a regular basis, lectures on topics such as biology, history and geology throughout the voyage.

The lecturing schedule will be announced every day in the on board daily program.

Shore excursions

We offer a selection of excursions that can be pre-booked with only remaining places sold on board. We do advise that you book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment due to the excursion being fully booked.

Please note that registration is binding and once on board the Expedition Team will advise you of booking deadlines for excursions still available. Our excursions have English speaking guides unless otherwise indicated and other languages cannot be guaranteed.

Excursions are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions and dependent on number of participants. All excursions are subject to availability.

Along with the optional excursions available to book, the Expedition Team also arrange a variety of activities during the voyage. These will depend on location and season, but may include hiking, snowshoeing and kayaking. These activities are booked on board and subject to availability.


Health & Fitness

Gym

The MS Maud offers a complete gym.

Outdoor Hot Tubs

Relax in the outdoor hot tubs whilst floating past the scenery.

Wellness Center

After a day of exploring, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the hot tubs or the sauna, exercise in the gym, take in the scenery in the elegant Explorer Lounge & Bar, or browse in the on-board shop.

Kids & Teens

No Hurtigruten Expedition ships feature children’s playrooms.


Useful Information

Wi-Fi

We offer Wi-Fi on board, but coverage and speed may be very limited. Internet will be available via satellite when we are out at sea and too far away from mobile communication infrastructure on land. Due to capacity limitations, the included Wi-Fi is limited to browsing and not streaming. Please contact the reception desk if you have any questions related to the Wi-Fi usage.

Mobile phones will function in most places on shore. Check with your carrier for details. 

Lifesaving equipment, lifevests and safety on board

The ship complies with all safety requirements and is a modern vessel suitable for sailing in icy waters. Upon arrival on board all guests will be instructed in safety procedures, and the use and location of the safety equipment. There is a safety plan situated on the inside of the cabin door.

We stress the importance of becoming acquainted with the ships safety plan. Special safety regulations will apply on landings with the tender boats. Please follow the instructions given by the Expedition Leader and crew/ staff. Special lifejackets for use during landings will be handed out to all passengers before first landing. A mandatory briefing regarding the safety guidelines will also be given.

Smoking

On board, smoking is only permitted in designated areas on outside decks. Do not smoke in your cabin. Throwing cigarette butts overboard is strictly prohibited.

A cleaning charge of 1 500 NOK will be applied for smoking in your non-smoking cabin, to cover for the cost of cleaning linen and curtains to return it to a non-smoking standard.

E-Cigarettes, according to Norwegian law, are the equivalent of tobacco cigarettes and therefore smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking areas.

Special Requests

If you have special requests (e.g. dietary or medical) please inform us as soon as possible. We will do our best to meet such requests but cannot guarantee to do so and under no circumstance will any such request be accepted by us so as to form part of a contractual agreement.

Medical facilities

There is an English-speaking physician and nurse on board always. The ship has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and medication to handle small emergencies. In the event of a serious emergency, the nearest hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines will be charged to the passenger affected.

All guests must have personal travel/health insurance. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage, properly labelled, and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital medication, please inform the ship’s doctor upon arrival. Illness on board can lead to quarantine, and orders from the ship’s physician and captain must be followed.

Suite Service

A’la carte dining option

Suite guests are offered to eat their dinner here any day they wish. As the restaurant holds a limited amount of seats we encourage all guests to make their reservations on board.

Suite breakfast

Suite guests are offered to eat their breakfast in the A la Carte Restaurant. High-end breakfast for suite guests, served at the table.

Room service

Offered to all suite guests free of charge within the opening times.

Suite check-in

For suite guests, there will be an exclusive check-in in a separate area onboard the ship, where the guests may meet and greet some of the ships officers.

Welcome greeting

On embarkation day, the suite guests will find a carabiner watch, a bottle of champagne and a welcome greeting from the captain inside their suite after check-in.

Turn-down service

Daily turn-down, including fresh towels, chocolate or similar on the pillow, turn-down of the bed.

Food & Beverage

On board, we serve a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in accordance with your daily programme. Mealtimes will be announced in the daily programme. Due to Covid Regulations, we have limited Capacity in the Restaurants and we are working with time slots. We are asking kindly all guests to book their time slots with the Headwaiter. Please provide information regarding special requests for seating arrangements and dietary requirements to your sales office/travel agent before your cruise.

On the ships which have the à la carte restaurant Lindstrøm, our suite guests may enjoy their breakfast and lunch there. For dinner, Lindstrøm will be open for all guests, but there is an additional charge of 25 Euro per person for non-suite guests. Reservation is required and will depend upon availability.

Fredheim is the ship’s third dining option, offering casual dining in relaxed atmosphere, or a takeaway option during the opening hours. There will be no take away option on the last day of the cruise when you disembark the ship.

Soft drinks, beer, and the ship wine are included for all meals in our restaurants. Coffee, tea, and potable water that has been purified on board is included throughout the day. There is complimentary still and sparkling water for all meals. An upgraded beverage package is also available.

Seasickness

Seasickness pills are available for purchase in the reception. If you are prone to seasickness it is recommended that you bring pills that you are familiar with. You may also buy “sea bands” on board.

Wheelchair Access

We are happy to welcome guests with limited mobility. All ships have at least one cabin equipped for travellers using a wheelchair.

Disabled Cabins / Mobility

The ships are suitable for wheelchair users. Persons in need of special assistance must travel with a companion. Please note that the gangway must be used for wheelchair users to embark and disembark. In ports where tidal conditions or other circumstances require the use of a portable gangway, or during landings with expedition boats, it is not possible to use/take wheelchairs. Guests who use a wheelchair must bring their own standard size, foldable chair. Wheel chairs must be stored in the guest cabin.

What to Wear

On board dress is informal. For all expedition cruises, we advise you to bring breathable rain and windproof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf, and thermal clothing including thermal underwear can be useful, when sailing to cold destinations.. Sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and landings, and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful. For additional information about footwear, see separate point “Equipment loans”. 

Alcohol Policy

Guests are reminded that only beverages sold and/or provided in the restaurants, bars, cabins, and suites can be consumed on board. Any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports-of-call will need to be stored separately on board the ship by our crew. Your purchases will be returned to you and delivered to your cabin on the last day of your sailing.

Cruise Card

You will be issued a cruise card upon arrival on board as part of the check-in procedure in accordance with ISPS regulations. The card serves as a control system on the gangway. This card, in addition to being the key card for your cabin, is also your payment card on board. To activate the cruise card account, you must have cash, a Visa, Diners, or MasterCard.

Please note that there are no money exchange services or facilities for cash withdrawals on board.

Drones

Please note the use of passenger-operated drones is not permitted during your voyage. This is for general safety as well as the protection of the vulnerable wildlife and other guests’ personal security.

Hurtigruten App

The Hurtigruten APP is your digital guide onboard, it is recommended to download it before you come onboard, To be able to follow the activities on board, make restaurant reservation, book tours and find A-Z info here from the minute you step onboard. The App will only work while you are on board as it is connected to the ship’s Wi-Fi.  

Language

The working language on board is English. Announcements and written information are also given in German, and may also be given in French and Chinese on selected departures. In order to be able to accommodate lectures in a language other than English, we offer an “in ear” translation into German. Lectures will be streamed into the cabins. 

Laundry

There is no self-service laundry for guests. Instead, you will be provided with a laundry form that you need to fill out. Prices are listed on this form.  

Mail

You can hand in your mail at the reception, and for the cost of stamps we will forward the post in every port where possible. The time needed for delivery of mail may be relatively long. Hurtigruten Expeditions accepts no responsibility for lost mail.  

Smoking Policy

On board, smoking is only permitted in designated areas on outside decks. Smoking is not permitted in cabins or private balconies. Throwing cigarette butts overboard is strictly prohibited. A cleaning charge of approximately 150 EUR will be applied for smoking in the cabin, to cover the cost of cleaning linen and curtains to return it to a non-smoking standard. E-Cigarettes, according to Norwegian law, are the equivalent of tobacco cigarettes and therefore smoking these is only permitted in the designated smoking areas.

When the ship is refuelling smoking is prohibited. Announcements will be made on board accordingly.

Smoking is not allowed during nature landings in AECO and IAATO areas, except for city landings. 

Small Boat Landings

Guests are respectfully reminded that only our stable expedition boats enable both water-based exploration and safe landings in otherwise inaccessible areas. You will need to be fairly agile to board these, but there is otherwise no need to worry about travelling in them. The crew will show you what to do and as long as you follow their instructions, after a few times it will become second nature. On all landings in expedition boats, guests are expected to wear proper footwear. For additional information about the footwear, see separate point “Equipment loans”. Landing operations depend on favourable conditions. 

Walking on Board

We kindly remind you to take care when walking on board the ship while at sea, especially when venturing out on deck, observing the signs for warnings of wet and slippery decks. Be aware the doors toward the outer deck are potentially dangerous in windy conditions. Please adhere to the signs and announcements when it is not advised to go outside. While walking inside, hold on to railings but not to door frames, to avoid injury. 

Taking Sustainability Seriously

Exploring our blue planet for more than a century has taught us the importance of being green.

Meaningful Change

As a result, we are now supporting 41 environmental, cultural and social projects in 11 different countries. These range from helping endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest and protecting Galápagos seabirds, to securing safe spaces for vulnerable Greenlandic children and enabling community storytelling for the Itquamavit elders in Canada’s frozen north. We hope that the ripples we create today will one day turn into the waves of the future.

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as our compass, our cruises to the planet’s most stunning corners are where explorers can truly feel at home.

After all, it’s not about us, it’s about all of us.

Saying Goodbye to Plastic

We announced our war on plastics in 2018 when we were the first expedition company to ban non-essential single-use plastic throughout our entire operation. That means you won’t find items like plastic cups, plastic straws or plastic cutlery on board our ships. You also won’t see our shops selling microplastic-made fleeces but stocking natural wool clothing instead.

Absent too are plastic water bottles. We provide all our guests on an expedition cruise with a complimentary high-quality reusable bottle for use at water refill stations dotted around the ship. This simple act saves at least 1,000 plastic bottles a day on some of our larger ships.

Inspiring Environmental Ambassadors

Witnessing the beauty of our planet is sure to leave a lasting impression on you, and you’ll talk enthusiastically about these stunning destinations with friends and family for decades to come. To make sure you can speak informatively when you return home, every one of our expedition cruises has a focus on the environment.

The Expedition Team give lectures that raise awareness of climate change, ocean plastic, and the measures we can all take to help ease these issues. It is our hope that engaging with nature on our expedition cruises will inspire you to do all you can to cherish and protect the precious world we all share.

Connecting With Communities

We are dedicated to supporting the local communities we visit, and to creating beneficial ripple effects that continue long after we’ve left. By trading locally and sourcing services such as food produce and excursions from local suppliers, we contribute to the livelihood and welfare of people.

We strive not only to connect with these communities, but to share genuine friendship with them while always respecting their values and customs. As guests in their home, our emphasis is on appreciating their unique culture and ensuring our interactions are positive and upbuilding for all. You can therefore enjoy authentic experiences knowing your visit is doing good, both for you and for them.

A Footprint We’re Proud Of

You’ll likely encounter a range of wildlife during your expedition, doing so from a safe distance. We’ll be sure to never get too close to them, out of respect for their welfare as much as yours. By not disturbing wildlife with our presence, you’ll be able to observe their natural behaviour, in their natural habitat. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! In fact, in many of the areas we visit in Antarctica, we even specifically wipe out our footprints so as to prevent penguins tripping and falling into them.

Working Together As One

Sustainability isn’t something we can do alone. Everyone in our industry needs to work together for a greener future. We are therefore founding members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). These trade member organisations work to establish sustainable tourism in polar regions, fighting mass tourism by limiting ships and shore visits, and creating guidelines that protect fragile environments and rare wildlife.

We’ve also committed ourselves to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These guiding principles will take us steps ahead of current regulations to offer you greener and more sustainable expedition cruises on and for the planet.

Serving Planet-Friendly Plant-Based Food

We offer full menus of delicious plant-based dishes that will impress even those yet to be convinced by this way of eating. These meals not only have low or even zero CO2 footprints, they also promote healthier living and prove conclusively that vegan and vegetarian cuisine can still taste great. We’ve also put in place food management waste programmes on all our ships, aiming to reduce food waste by at least 30%.

Investing in Green Tech

Building our two new hybrid-powered expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, represents the biggest investment in our almost 130 years of history. They are packed with ground-breaking green technology, such as battery packs, heat recovery systems, and a cutting-edge hull design. These innovations combined reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 %, compared to other cruise ships of the same size.

Hurtigruten stopped using heavy fuel oil more than a decade ago and campaign for its worldwide ban. To set a new standard, we are also considering a range of new, green fuel options, including biofuels made from organic waste.

Doing Your Part

There are a range of simple things you can get involved in during your cruise to do your bit. Help out on a beach clean-up where the refuse we collect is brought back onto the ship to be recycled. Citizen Science projects get you to observe our natural world closely and contribute to current research.

Even hanging a tag on your cabin door to say your towels and bed sheets don’t need changing can save energy and water. You also have the option to donate to the Hurtigruten Foundation which funds projects around the world.

We are setting a new, more sustainable standard for expedition cruising. You can be sure we will continue with our commitment to sustainability; leading the way with green tech, protecting our planet, supporting local communities, and inspiring more to action.

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as our compass, our cruises to the planet’s most stunning corners are where explorers can truly feel at home.

Ship Facts
  • Ocean Cruise Ship
  • Medium Size
  • Expedition Style

  • Launched in 2002
  • Refitted in 2021
  • Currency NOK
  • 532 Passangers
  • 69 Crew
  • 7 Decks
  • 301 Cabins

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