As the ship is all ours, and with only 12 guests and 2 experienced expedition staff, each trip will be unique to the people on board. The Captain can arrange bbq’s on the shore or on deck depending on your whim…. and the weather of course! Kenth said he will personally be captaining the ship for our trip in 2015, and having been on over 140 cruises he has never missed a polar bear, so we are confident our guests are in good hands. Also, with two brand new zodiac boats for tundra landings and zodiac cruises, full body flotation suits for these outings, and a specially recommended wildlife guide to give lectures on everything from ornithology to history, we can’t help getting excited about our future arctic adventures with these guys.
We also got a chance to have a look at the MS Origo, the Malmo’s slightly bigger sister ship. This has space for 24 people and is used more for educational or photography trips. We were very impressed with extra mess/ bar area with log burning stove, and the steaming hot tub on the upper deck! In fact definitely watch this space as we hope to be lucky enough to obtain a special charter of this ship in the future.
We say thank you and goodbye to Gunnel and Kenth, and after a day of arctic stories and maritime discussions I can just imagine how thrilling it would be to be voyaging in the high arctic on board this beautiful vessel the MS Malmo. To finish a day of exploring by indulging in hearty fish stew in the company of like-minded wildlife enthusiasts, before venturing out on deck to spot puffins circling as we cruise past icy peaks glistening in the sunshine. I’ll be having arctic dreams tonight for sure!
Join us on the MS Malmo on the Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer itinerary.