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Cruise Ship Information

M/V Polar Star was built in Finland and served in the Swedish Maritime Administration's fleet of icebreakers under the name of Njord. In 2000 she was purchased by Polar Star Expeditions, a company of Karlsen Shipping, and underwent complete retrofit and upgrades. She was renamed M/V Polar Star after her namesake that served Karlsen's Arctic cruise program. Today the ship is operated by Polar Star Expeditions formed in 2000. Karlsen Shipping, the parent company, is an old Norwegian family business originally from the northwestern coast of Norway and now headquartered in Halifax, Canada. With over 100 years experience in many aspects of the marine industry, Karlsen has operated primarily in the Polar Regions.

Atmosphere on board

The M/V Polar Star is large enough to voyage to remote areas in comfort and small enough to enter out of the way destinations that other vessels can only sail by. We explore nature's most breathtaking wonders up close and our voyages offer magnificent wildlife on a journey that is spirited with adventure.

Family with Kids/Teens

The rating for children is Unsuitable. There are no special arrangements for children although they are welcome.

Past Passenger Programs

Fitness And Spa

The facilities onboard include a fleet of Zodiacs (inflatables) for shore excursions, coastal trips and wildlife watching. A fitness facility is provided.

Food & Dining

The single sitting dining room offers a varied international menu prepared fresh onboard.


Relaxation and sightseeing are the entertainments onboard but there are occasional bands during the summer. In addition the ship offers informal lectures a panorama lounge, lecture room, library and bar.

Fellow Passengers



The generally accepted guideline is $8 to $10 per passenger per day - distributed amongst the crew.

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