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  • Hurtigruten-Richard-With-in-Norway - Hurtigruten's expedition ship Richard With sails down the Raftsundet strait in Nordland, Norway, into a winter sunset.
  • Hurtigruten-Richard-With-in-port - Hurtigruten's expedition ship Richard With pulls into the port town of Svolvær as she makes a journey along the  coast of Norway.
  • Hurtigruten-Richard-With-in-Norway-2 - Explore the coast of Norway aboard the Hurtigruten ship Richard With during the summer, making the most of the extended daylight to enjoy the views.
  • Hurtigruten-Richard-With-in-Norway-3 - Sailing through Norway's Raftsundet strait on a glorious autumn day aboard the Hurtigruten expedition ship Richard With.
  • hurtigruten-cruise-norwegian-fjords.jpg - The Northern Lights over the Norwegian fjords, as seen on a Hurtigruten cruise.

Hurtigruten's Richard With: Cruising coastal Norway, celebrating Norwegian maritime history

Have you sailed on Hurtigruten's ms Richard With? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.


The ms Richard With is named for the founder of Hurtigruten, Captain Richard With. His establishment of the Norwegian Coastal Express in 1893 had an enormous impact on life along Norway's coast. The ms Richard With launched in 1993, 100 years after the founder completed his first Hurtigruten voyage. The ship's interiors beautifully reflect its Norwegian heritage with artwork by the famous Harr family. The panorama lounges, Horisont and Syvstjernen, treat passengers to views of the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the far north. While the scenery outside is often wild and remote, ms Richard With's interiors are warm and comfortable. In addition to standard cabins there are eight junior suites, and Jacuzzis provide their own special place from which to view the passing scenery.  

Who will like sailing on ms Richard With

If you're an adventure-cruise enthusiast looking for a one-of-a-kind cruise vacation in the evocative regions of the north, but with all the creature comforts of home, Hurtigruten’s ms Richard With is an excellent choice.

Where Richard With sails

Richard With cruises offer itineraries that explore Norway’s  fjords and coastal communities. Passengers can embark in Kirkenes, Tromso or Bergen. 

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Cruises on this ship

Cruising on ms Richard With combines a spirit of adventure and exploration with a destination rich in history, culture and stunning natural scenery. It's all experienced from comfortable, modern accommodations and public spaces. 


One dining highlight on ms Richard With is the addition to the menu of seasonal, locally sourced food. There is one main restaurant onboard and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the cost of meals is included in the cruise fare. In addition to the dining room, there is also a 24-hour cafe with snacks and drinks available for additional cost.

Lille Lungegårdsvannet in Bergen, Norway.
Vidar Flak / Creative Commons BYLille Lungegårdsvannet in Bergen, Norway.


While there's not much organized entertainment aboard Hurtigruten ships, that’s not a problem. Instead, passengers are treated to the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the north and the personal connections they have a chance to make. There are plenty of comfortable places to relax, alone or with newfound friends. Inside are cozy lounges with views and there's space outside to roam and take in the surroundings. Hurtigruten's working ships provide transportation and services to local communities along the route, giving international passengers unique insight into the Norwegian people and culture.


Staterooms on ms Richard With are comfortable, functional and offer a variety of configurations, from standard cabins to mini-suites and suites.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Hurtigruten's expedition ship ms Richard With
  • Where: Arriving at the port town of Svolvær as she makes a journey along the coast of Norway

  • What: Hurtigruten's expedition ship ms Richard With
  • Where: Sailing down the Raftsundet strait in Nordland, Norway, into a winter sunset.

  • What: Hurtigruten's expedition ship ms Richard With
  • Where: Long summer daylight hours on the Norwegian coast provide endless photo ops
  • Hurtigruten’s ships visit 34 ports of call on the Norwegian coast, with stops of 30 minutes to 6 hours.
  • These are destinations rich in history and culture set against a backdrop of unspoiled nature.
  • Itineraries take in more than 1,100 miles of Norwegian coastline between Bergen and Kirkenes.
  • All Hurtigruten ships cross the Arctic Circle, a thrilling experience whether the first or 15th time.
  • The ethereal Northern Lights and midnight sun are among the sights passengers might see.
  • Because these are working ships providing transportation and services for local residents, cruise passengers experience Norway's people and culture in a uniquely personal way.

Fast facts

623 Passengers [?]
70 Crew
6 Decks
1993 Maiden voyage
11,205 Tonnage [?]
399 Length in feet
19 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed mph

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