The newly refurbished MS Richard With has its own Expedition Team, and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside as well as out on the sun deck of the ship make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters Hurtigruten sail in. The Expedition Team hosts both a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena you’ll encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´, and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.
The ship is proudly named after the line’s founder, Captain Richard With, who established the Norwegian Coastal Express back in 1893. Connecting villages, towns and cities, his line had an incredible impact on life along the Norwegian coast. Adorned with beautiful art by the famous Harr family, guests can expect a relaxed and informal atmosphere on board MS Richard With, and the promise of stunning scenery, and frequent wildlife and seabird sightings.
In December 2018 MS Richard With underwent an incredible refurbishment, adding more comfort, advance technology and even more spectacular views. All cabins and suites have been fully upgraded and there has been a full makeover to the aft-facing main restaurant, Torget which offers spectacular views with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Hurtigruten have also introduced the brand-new Activity Center, where you will find the on board expedition team and acts as the hub of the ship. You will also find Kysten, offering fine dining, two new lecture halls, shopping area, Multe Bakery and enhanced and larger gym with upgraded sauna and two new outdoor hot tubs.
Guests can choose from three cabin categories: Inside, Polar Outside and Arctic Superior; and two suite categories: Expedition Mini Suites and Expedition Suites. All cabins and suites have recently been transformed and on deck 6 you will see the introdution of 14 larger suites, all accomodating large bay windows for those spectacular views of the Norwegian Coast Line. Relax in the ship´s panorama lounges and take in the unforgettable views of remarkable coastal scenery, much of it the same as when the first Hurtigruten boats sailed by more than a century ago. Beautiful art throughout the ship´s interior adds elegance to the vessel´s maritime ambience.
Experience authentic Norwegian cuisine and eat like a true local with Hurtigruten’s unique dining concept, Norway's Coastal Kitchen. Guaranteeing seasonal, fresh food from the local area, the talented chefs proudly tell the story of the local coastline through their delicious dishes. Take a visit to Kysten, for innovative dishes created from high quality local produce, such as the freshest seafood. You can even stop by here for a al carte lunch. In the evening, take a visit to the ships main restaurant, Torget for mouth-watering cuisine, full of flavour and will inspire your sense just as much as the views that will be passing by. If you're looking for an informal quick bite to eat, the Multe Bakery is the place to be serving freshly baked cakes and pastries, smoothies and an impressive range of local ice cream with homemade toppings and premium coffee.
Hurtigruten proudly emphasise the spectacular beauty of the natural environment and the relaxing ambience on board their ships. As such, the Panorama Lounge is a favourite day time venue. One of the delights of cruising aboard the MS Richard With is that you are rarely out of sight of land and there are many opportunities to stop and explore along the way.
The on board expedition team will be available throughout your cruise and will offer a number of fascinating lectures, presentations and activities inside and outside on the Sun deck. Topics discussed will be tailored to your voyage, discussing the waters your will be navigating and out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn about the nature and culture that you will encounter on your voyage. The Expedition team have one mission, and that is to enhance your experience and allow you to connect with the destination as much as possible whilst on your voyage.