Why we like the MS Expedition cruise ship

  • Top quality, friendly expedition staff who are all committed to showing the best of the Arctic
  • Large, spacious public areas, as well as cabins, means everyone's got plenty of room
  • The front of ship bar is a popular place in the evening to reminisce about the day's action
  • For 360 degree views the Observation deck is hard to beat and a great place for wildlife sightings
  • As well as generously proportioned cabins, there's also a wide range of different cabin types, all en suite
  • Complimentary parka jackets and rubber boot loan

Trips aboard MS Expedition

Svalbard Wildlife Safari

Set sail under the midnight sun and search for bears, seals, walrus and whales amongst the ice. Spot reindeer and Arctic fox on the tundra and don't forget to look up for guillemots and king eiders. All the while you…

  • 11 Days
  • $5,018
Quest to Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

From wildlife-rich Svalbard, with its large polar bear population and diverse scenery, to East Greenland’s vast icebergs and ice choked fjords, this well balanced voyage offers great contrast and a strong sense of journey. Plus, good chances of seeing the…

  • 15 Days
  • $5,597
Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland to Svalbard

Join this spring journey from historic Edinburgh in Scotland all the way north to finish in Svalbard, deep inside the Arctic Circle. En route explore in depth Norway’s dramatic glacially sculpted coastline, UNESCO sites and the charming villages of the…

  • 15 Days
  • $5,146
Scottish Highlands to Norwegian Fjords and onto Svalbard

Set sail from Edinburgh and explore the Highlands and Orkney before delving into the fjords of Norway as you head north across the Arctic Circle. Stopping at the Lofoten Islands you'll be following whales and the spring migration north all…

  • 18 Days
  • $6,176
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Alex says

Standing on board the MS Expedition in Svalbard gave me a real sense of what a great ship she really is. Along with a very experienced expedition team, this ship sits in my top 5 favourite vessels list - perfect for the Arctic.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Technical Specifications

  • Passenger capacity: 134 passengers
  • Ice class rating: 1B
  • Size : 103m long x 18.9m wide
  • Refurbished: 2009
  • Other key features: gym, sauna and mud-bath, all cabins outward facing.

Cabin Categories

*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

The M/S Expedition's cabins are located on five different decks, all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window. There are five types of cabin to choose from:  quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites. Note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have 1 queen bed.

Doubles (cat. 5)

  • All four suites are on Deck 4
  • Living area offers a comfortable couch, armchair, coffee table and desk.
  • The separate sleeping area boasts a double bed
  • Private en suite facilities including steam shower, toilet and washbasin
  • 30m2 (320 sq ft) and big floor-to-ceiling windows for superior views

Premier Twins (cat. 4)

  • All 8 premier twins are located on Deck 4
  • Two lower berths
  • Private en suite facilities (shower, toilet, washbasin)
  • Approximately  15m2 (160sq ft) and larger windows for great views

Superior Twins (cat. 3)

  • Located on Deck 3.
  • Two lower berths
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Approximately 15m2 (160 sq ft) featuring a mid-sized window. 

Twin Portholes (cat. 2)

  • Located on Deck 2
  • Two lower berths
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Approximately 15m2 (160 sq ft) and includes a porthole view.

Triple Portholes (cat. 1)

  • Located on Deck 2
  • Two lower berths, one upper berth
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Approximately 15m2 (160 sq ft) and includes a porthole view

Quad Cabins (cat. 1)

  • Located on Deck 2
  • Two lower berthstwo upper berths
  • Private en suite facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin.
  • Approximately 15m2 (160 sq ft) and includes a porthole view

Communal Areas

Friendly common areas dotted around the ship showcase the breathtaking views of the vast landscapes you'll be sailing through. Spend a quiet, cosy morning in the library or kick back post-adventuring in the lounge or pub. Plan a barbecue night with use of the facilities on the aft deck, and treat loved ones back home in the gift shop.

Guests can also enjoy use of the computer room and gym, and look forward to some indulgent sauna sessions.

Deck Plan

MS Expedition - Arctic Ship

Onboard Communications & Facilities

If you wish to stay in touch, even in the Arctic, you can choose from the options below:

  • WiFi: you can connect your personal device from anywhere on the ship but the signal strength is best in the common areas or in the cabins on Deck 4
  • Internet: starting at $20/10mb, $50/30mb, $130/100mb, 
  • VoIP Telephone card: starting at $22 per 20-30min (depending on where you are calling)
  • Ship-based email: starting at $35

Please note that this is only for light data traffic and that the above prices are only approximate. The prices for these services vary from season to season due to our provider's pricing strategy. VoIP requires internet connection.

Other facilities include:

  • Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets
  • Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
  • Laundry service (additional cost)
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What our customers think of MS Expedition - Arctic Ship

The ship's naturalist team/guides were very knowledgeable and gave great lectures. The crew were very friendly and could not do enough for you. Read the full review

Travelled: July 2019

Beverley Fisher - United Kingdom

Very comfortable ship. Excellent crew. Staff friendly. Food plentiful, varied and tasty. Read the full review

Travelled: June 2019

Stevie Segal - United Kingdom

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A very comfortable ship with excellent facilities, making best use of all the space available. The Mud Room, enabling us to park our wet gear out of cabins, was particularly useful, and the comfortable lounge was plenty large enough for everyone to be there at once for briefings and lectures. Read the full review

Travelled: August 2018

Charles & Lesley Cook - United Kingdom


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