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Hurtigruten reveals plans to overhaul MS Fram ahead of 2020 cruise season

Hurtigruten reveals plans to overhaul MS Fram ahead of 2020 cruise season

Hurtigruten has revealed another large-scale refurb project.

Leading up the 2020 season, MS Fram will be completely upgraded with new suites, new cabins, more environmentally friendly engines and a total makeover of all public areas – including new restaurants and Hurtigruten’s signature, high-tech Science Centre.

“The original Fram was the most famous ship of its time and kept pushing the frontiers in the golden age of polar expeditions.

“Our MS Fram was built to embrace that legacy.

“With the upgrade she will keep setting the standard for expedition cruises, and deliver unparalleled, premium expedition experiences for her guests,” Hurtigruten chief executive Daniel Skjeldam explained.


MS Fram is custom built for exploring the Arctic, Antarctica and other destinations in Hurtigruten’s extensive expedition cruise program – spanning from pole to pole.

The keel-to-mast upgrade will bring several new features to the ship.

All cabins and suites will be fully refurbished.

Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, this will create a relaxed and stylish look and feel, and add to the premium on-board experience.

A brand new Hurtigruten signature Science Centre, which will be packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features will also be added.

The edutainment area will be the place guests and staff meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding for the areas MS Fram explores.

Re-emerging as brand new in the spring of 2020, MS Fram will offer guests unparalleled expeditions in premium surroundings, with breath-taking views and unforgettable encounters with wildlife, nature and culture on destinations like the Arctic, Antarctica, the Northwest passage, and warmer waters such as the Caribbean and South America.

“We take our guests where other ships can’t, closer to nature with the special Hurtigruten edge.

“I spend most of my free time exploring and know the value of an expedition base that is safe, flexible and still offers premium comfort and experience to explorers,” said Skjeldam.

The complete MS Fram upgrade is just the latest of several recently announced Hurtigruten news.

The company currently building the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, at Norway’s Kleven yard.

Debuting in 2019, she will be followed by MS Fridtjof Nansen and a third sister ship in 2021.

MS Richard also recently emerged as a brand-new ship after its own extreme makeover.