This is a relaxed, informal ship, with little or no dressing up. The dress code is very casual, and the key is to be comfortable for hiking and exploring. No need to bring your own hiking boots for Antarctica as all passengers are required to wear the ship's own rubber boots for landings, and everyone also receives a free, waterproof expedition jacket. Sun protection (for skin and eyes) is essential, as are some waterproof trousers, thermals and lots of woollen layers. Summer in Norway is usually T-shirt weather, but bring layers -- the onboard shop sells high-quality knitwear, if you haven't packed enough -- as weather can be changeable in Antarctica and Norway. In Bergen it rains one out of every four days.
MS Midnatsol Inclusions
The basic fare includes all meals -- breakfast, lunch and dinner-- taken in the main dining room on Deck 5. It also includes sparkling and still water at lunch/dinner, but no other soft drinks, except for juice, tea and coffee at breakfast. Tap water in cabins is drinkable too.
In the Antarctica and Portugal expedition sailings, tea and coffee are available for free from Deck 5's Bistro throughout the day, as well as from the bars on Decks 8 and 9. Additionally, a light tea (soups and cakes) is served in Deck 8's bar from 3–5pm, but only on the above expedition sailings.
The sauna, hot tubs, fitness room and expedition lectures are all free, but that's about it for inclusions. There's a fee for Wi-Fi access and the self-service laundry (on Deck 4). Drinks packages are available in Norway, but these are only worthwhile if you get through at least a bottle of wine a night.
The currency used onboard is the Norwegian krone, but other cash currencies are accepted, including the U.S. dollars ($), pounds (£/GBP), euros and the Danish and Swedish krones. Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Diners Card are all accepted onboard, and you can also get a cruise card to pay for extras and settle the bill at the end of the voyage.
On Norwegian coastal voyages, MS Midnatsol also offers Select and Platinum fares which come with additional benefits. Select fare passengers are able to choose their cabin number (on voyages longer than seven days) and get complimentary Wi-Fi and tea and coffee. Platinum fare passengers also benefit from included a la carte dining, a drinks package, a welcome basket, some shore excursions and private transfers.