OPEN DECKS and PUBLIC AREAS ....Page Two
BARS and DINING ................................Page Three
Fram is an expedition-style cruise ship designed with arctic cruising in
mind. Accordingly, she bears the name of the late 19th Century
wooden sailing ship that was used by polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen
and Roald Amundsen.
The ship is operated by Hurtigruten, formerly known as Norwegian
Coastal Voyages, which is no stranger to cold weather sailing. The
company began in 1893 providing transportation between the coastal
communities in Norway. Its ships still provide that service but in recent
years the company has branched out and gone further a field in its
During the summer months, Fram cruises around Greenland and
northern Norway. As the Northern Hemisphere winter approaches, the
ship repositions to the tip of South America from where she does cruises
to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. The ship has an ice-hardened
hull that enables her to sail in amongst the ice flows of those regions.
The focus of the cruises on Fram is nature. There are guides onboard
who lecture and answer questions about the wildlife and natural
wonders of the places that the ship visits. Because these places are
undeveloped, passengers use Zodiac rigid-inflatable boats to go ashore.
There is a door built into the side of Fram to facilitate getting into and
out of the boats.
Since the focus is on nature, there is relatively little in the way of
organized entertainment or activities onboard. However, there are
facilities such as hot tubs, a fitness center, a small library, an Internet
café, and two bars for passengers to use.
Life onboard is casual. Hurtigruten tells guests to leave the dinner suits
and cocktail dresses at home.
Since Hurtigruten is well known in Europe, passengers on Fram tend to
be a mix of Europeans, British and Americans. Therefore, the menus,
programs and lectures are done in several languages, typically English,
German and Norwegian.
The décor of the ship is contemporary international with a slight
Scandinavian flavor. After all, she is a Norwegian ship. Also,
consistent with the fact that the ship does a substantial amount of
cruising around Greenland, there is art work onboard that is by
Sculptures in the shape of icebergs mark each floor. One
can tell what floor it is by the color of the ice.
Upper left: Fram has
a door built into the
side of the hull to
make it easier for
passengers to enter and
exit the Zodiac boats
used in tendering.
Right: Some of the
awards and memorial
plaques given to Flam.
Below left: A rescue
The recption desk on Fram.
The artwork on Fram often relates to polar