MS Richard With - Photo Tour

Next in line in our series of photo tours on board the ships of Hurtigruten is MS Richard With.

Hurtigruten's fleet of cruise ships operates daily departures on the 11-day round trip from Bergen, calling at 34 ports along the coast of Norway. The route is popular with cruise tourists keen to experience 'the most beautiful voyage in the world', and also serves as a lifeline for many smaller communities in Norway's more isolated north.

Scroll down to see our full photo tour of her passenger decks.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With in Bergen, Norway
Hurtigruten's Richard With alongside in Bergen, Norway
Named after the Captain who founded Hurtigruten in 1893, MS Richard With entered the fleet 100 years after the opening of the coastal express route.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With in Bergen, Norway
Richard With
Built in Germany in 1993, she has a tonnage of 11,305 and can carry up to 623 passengers (464 in berths). She is one of the six '90s' ships in the Hurtigruten fleet; a group of near-sister ships with similar designs and passenger facilities.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With in Bergen, Norway
Richard With refuels whilst alongside
Hurtigruten MS Richard With in Bergen, Norway
Large doors in the ship's side lead to the car decks and cargo areas
After passing through check in at the Hurtigruteterminalen, passengers receive a safety briefing before boarding via a large glass walkway to the ship.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With in Bergen, Norway
A modern glass walkway leads to the ship
INTERIORS

Down one deck from the gangway are many of Richard With's main public rooms, which run the full length of Deck 4.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Los Holtes Cafe
A seating area in the Los Holtes Cafe
Just aft of the forward stairwell is the Los Holtes Cafe, which offers a selection of self-service food and drinks throughout the day. This relaxed area has a comfortable feel and ample seating.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Los Holtes Cafe
The service counter in the Los Holtes Cafe
Tucked into a corner of the cafe is the on board shop, which sells gifts and clothes.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Shop
The shop on board Richard With
Moving aft along Deck 4, the wide arcade leads to the main dining room. The mirrored ceiling may not be in line with modern tastes, but the large picture windows along one side of this space are the real focal point, offering incredible views throughout the voyage.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Arcade
The arcade links the main restaurant to the other public areas
The Polar Restaurant is Richard With's main formal dining venue where passengers can take breakfast, lunch and dinner in open seatings. The room has a pleasant atmosphere, despite decor that is busy and slightly dated. The large windows along 3 sides flood the room with light.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Polar Restaurant
The Polar Restaurant
Moving back to the forward end of Deck 4 brings you to the Draugen Troll Bar, an inviting room with warm decor and a cosy atmosphere.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Draugen Troll Bar
The Draugen Troll Bar on Deck 4
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Draugen Troll Bar
The bard opens onto one of the conference rooms
The forward part of this space leads into Richard With's conference facilities, with the larger lecture hall opening directly from the bar area (this can be screened off). Two smaller conference rooms are accessed via the port side of the bar.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Conference Facilities
Conference facilities on board
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Conference Facilities
One of the two smaller conference rooms on Richard With
The ship's relaxing library makes a great addition to this Deck. Considerably larger than the libraries on many of her sister ships it is well stocked with books and games.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Stokmarknes Library
The Stokmarknes Library is a very comfortable space
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Stokmarknes Library
The Library on board
The remainder of Richard With's public rooms are located up on Deck 7. The Syvstjernen Observation Lounge has a fully stocked bar and plenty of space to sit back and enjoy the trip.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Syvstjernen Observation Lounge and Bar
The Syvstjernen Observation Lounge
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Syvstjernen Observation Lounge and Bar
Seating in the observation lounge
Just aft of the Syvstjernen lounge is a small fitness room, with a decent selection of equipment. The space is clean, fresh, and light, and benefits from its position high on the ship with large windows along one wall.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Fitness Room
The Fitness Centre
The largest and most impressive public room is the Horisont Panorama Lounge, located all the way forward on Deck 7. This room is a standard feature on the majority of ships in the Hurtigruten fleet. The decor here is relatively simple, with the main focus being the views out from three sides of the room.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Horisont Panorama Lounge
The Horisont Panorama Lounge provides a fantastic vantage point
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Horisont Panorama Lounge
Large picture windows line three sides of the Panorama Lounge
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Horisont Panorama Lounge Dance Floor
A dance floor in the centre of the room can be used for evening entertainment
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Stairwell
Public stairwells have a nautical theme
OPEN DECKS

The main sun deck is located aft on deck 7, and is partially covered to ensure passengers can enjoy the fresh air whatever the weather.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Sheltered Deck
Richard With's funnel stands above the covered deck area
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Sun Deck
The main sun deck has loungers for use when the sun comes out
A full wrap-around promenade is situated on Deck 5, and offers the perfect place to stretch your legs and enjoy the views.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Promenade Deck
The promenade deck
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Lifeboats and Promenade Deck
Lifeboats are stored above the promenade
ACCOMMODATION

A range of cabins are available on board Richard With. Standard rooms offer clean and comfortable accommodation, an all have a small vanity desk and en suite facilities. Wheelchair accessible cabins are also available.


Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Standard Outside Cabin
A standard outside cabin on Richard With
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Standard Cabin En Suite
The en suite bathroom units are small but functional
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Wheelchair Accessible Cabin
A wheelchair accessible cabin provides a little more space
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Wheelchair Accessible Cabin En Suite Bathroom
The wheelchair accessible bathrooms are specially fitted
At the other end of the scale are the two suites, situated on Deck 5. These have been recently renovated, and the interiors here are a noticeable step above those in the main public areas. Each suite features a separate bedroom with double bed, a sitting area, mini bar and larger bathroom.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Suite Category M
The sitting room in a Suite (category M)
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Suite Category M
Suites offer large double beds and bathrobes
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Suite Category M
The bedroom windows give views out across the ship's bow
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Suite Category M
A bottle of champagne on ice awaits the new passengers
Also available are a number of mini suites. These also feature double beds and a sitting area, and offer considerably more comfort than the standard cabins. Occupants of all suites and mini suites are welcomed with a bottle of champagne on ice waiting upon arrival.

Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Mini Suite
The sitting area in a Mini Suite
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Mini Suite
A Mini Suite on Deck 6
Hurtigruten MS Richard With - Mini Suite
Mini Suites also feature a small vanity desk and flat screen TV
FINAL IMPRESSIONS

Richard With is typical of the six 90's ships that make up the majority of the fleet on the express route. She offers pleasant, comfortable surroundings which though a little dated in areas are clean and well-maintained. Her friendly crew complete the welcoming atmosphere on board. Those looking for a slightly more modern ship with a few more facilities may wish to consider Midnatsol or Trollfjord for their trip with Hurtigruten.

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