Introducing the MS Malmo
With the exciting news that Natural World Safaris have secured an exclusive charter of the wonderful MS Malmo for the next 4 years of summer Svalbard safaris, MD Will Bolsover and I set off to Gothenburg to investigate the vessel and its two sister ships the MS Stockholm and MS Origo.
In the morning we met up with Captain Kenth and his wife Gunnel who own two of the ships, and they took us for a look around. Obviously passionate about what they do and having organised polar cruises together for 25 years, it was an honour to be taken into the warm cozy bows of their pride and joy and talk about what was in store for our clients.
Built in 1943 as a maritime vessel with heritage listing, the MS Malmo is a charming ship full of traditional brass and wooden flooring.
We were shown the gorgeous mess area, where the guests enjoy traditional home cooked Swedish meals. It has a small bar area and is surrounded by windows and doors to the upper deck, useful for any sudden wildlife sightings. There is also a separate saloon area on the lower deck for relaxing with a good book or watching presentations on the TV screen, and a huge galley with sea views where all the culinary magic happens. The cabins have been tastefully refurbished so that they haven’t lost any of the old ships character, but have new dark wooden beds with huge thick comfy mattresses. All rooms have portholes so you can gaze out to sea, a surprising amount of space, and all the bathrooms are newly fitted.