MS Expedition

1972 (refurbished in 2009)
105 m / 344 ft
Gross Tonnage
6334 gt
19 m / 62 ft
Cruising Speed
15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island
Country Regions
Arctic / North Pole, Antarctica / South Pole

Ship Overview

MS Expedition was built as a cRo-Pax vessel (ar and passenger ferry) in 1972 under the name "MS Kattegat" for the company Jydsk Færgefart. The vessel was subsequently operated under the name "NF Tiger" (by P&O Normandy Ferries), "Tiger" (by Townsend Thoresen) and "Alandsfarjan" (by VIKING LINE), prior to its 2008 conversion into a cruise ship. The vessel's hull is ice-strengthened and ice-classed 1B. Only two higher ice classes exist - 1A Super and 1A).

The ship has a forward-looking sonar that increases its safety by reducing the risk of grounding accidents or collisions with uncharted rocks and reefs. The vessel is also equipped with 4 covered lifeboats (capacity 220 people / all passengers and crew) and 6 liferafts (capacity 150 people).

  • 360° Top Observation Deck
  • All cabins with private ensuite and outside views
  • Raised Forward Observation Deck
  • Large fleet of Zodiacs with four stroke engines
  • Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise
  • Complimentary destination guides for every passenger
  • Large headed Mud Room
  • Lonely Planet Library
  • Discovery Lounge
  • Fine dining – international cuisine in one sitting
  • Large aft deck with barbeque facilities
  • Polar Bear Pub
  • Gift Shop
  • Medical Clinic
  • Sauna
  • Computer Room with internet where available
  • Gym
  • Category 2 cabin


Staterooms / Suites

  • Double Cabins 320 ft² / 30 m² Cat. 4
  • Premier Twins 160 ft² / 15 m² Cat. 4
  • Superior Twins 160 ft² / 15 m² Cat. 3
  • Twin Portholes 160 ft² / 15 m² Cat. 1
  • Triple Portholes 160 ft² / 15 m² Cat. 1
  • Quad Cabins 160 ft² / 15 m² Cat. 1


  • Deck 4
  • Comfortable couch
  • Armchair
  • Coffee table
  • Desk
  • The separate sleeping area boasts a double bed
  • Private en suite facilities including steam shower, toilet and washbasin
  • Big floor-to-ceiling windows for superior views

Deck Plans

Deck Plan
Deck Plan
Deck 6
Deck 6
Deck 5
Deck 5
Deck 4
Deck 4
Deck 3
Deck 3
Deck 2
Deck 2


The dining room Albatross seats everyone at once and offers starboard, port and forward-facing views. It features buffet-style breakfast and lunch, while dinner is a served 4-course meal. Vegetarian options are available, and, when possible, onboard meals feature regional foods bought locally.
There is a vast outdoor observation deck (top deck 6), as well as other open-air areas (including the forward Observation Deck / raised viewing platform on deck 4) that provide panoramic views. The large aft-located sun deck (deck 5) has BBQ facilities for alfresco dining and is served with drinks by the Polar Bear bar.