The ultimate in polar exploration, this boutique Svalbard polar bear cruise offers something unique to the modern day explorer.
The M/S Malmö was initially built as a research vessel in the 1950s for the Swedish Maritime Administration. The ship was rebuilt in 2013 for the purpose of cruises and has now been ice-strengthened in order for the ship to explore difficult-to-reach areas. The M/S Malmö is small enough to navigate to places few other ships can get to - which happen to be prime polar bear territory. We have seen up to 25 polar bears on some trips! A classic and intimate expedition ship with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
There are four twin cabins with two lower berths and a private bathroom. These cabins have an optional upper berth which can also be used as triples. There are a further two twin cabins with upper and lower berths and a private bathroom. As well as a fully stocked bar, guests will have the added luxury of a sauna to relax in after a long days searching for polar bears in the icy seas of the Svalbard Archipelago.
The M/S Malmö is certified with a 1A ice class which means it has been built for polar waters and can handle ice up to 80 centimetres thick.
There are seven passenger cabins available, most being twin cabins, with one triple cabin on board. The bedrooms include upper and lower bunks. Five cabins have their own private facilities including showers. All cabins have a porthole which can offer incredibly unique photo opportunities and means you may not have to leave your cabin to witness a sighting.
All meals are included during your stay on the M/S Malmö, which will be a range of European style dishes. Almost any dietary requirements can be catered for as long as you have given sufficient notice to your destination specialist.
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