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The Murmansk shipping company operates two passenger ships. The Klavdiya Elanskaya travels between Murmansk and Ostrovnoy. Considering that Ostrovnoy is a closed city, this is probably not an accessible tourist destination (although it also appears to serve Chapoma and Arkhangelsk). Considerably more spectacular appears the route of the Polaris, which supposedly serves Murmansk, the Solovetsky islands, Franz-Josef Land, Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. This sounds rather unlikely and I really wonder if it's true.

Route of the MSCO Polaris?
Route of the MSCO Polaris? Source: MSCO Polaris

What is the nature of the MSCO Polaris? Is this a passenger ship that ordinary travellers can book travel with? Is it a regular ship with a timetable? Some kind of cruise-ship? Or is this map just a proud display of "look where we've been"?

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I think I'll find something, but only tomorrow. –  VMAtm Feb 10 '13 at 20:55
    
Knowing Russian might help (: –  gerrit Feb 10 '13 at 20:58
    
Unfortunately, no luck now. Officials are not answering, and no info about schedule even in Russian version. I think currently this ship is out of sea. Still investigating. –  VMAtm Feb 11 '13 at 12:03

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While this may be out of date but there is bad news:

Polaris is moving to Sakhalin, so whatever routes it used to run are no longer being serviced by MSCO

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Yes, this boat appears to take passengers, and seems quite luxurious!

Have a look at this page for information and details on how to book: http://en.fleet.msco.ru/passenger/polaris/#2

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The question already included this link, so this adds no information. –  graup Feb 9 '13 at 22:28
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Exactly. The information is all there. –  Rory Alsop Feb 9 '13 at 22:30
    
@RoryAlsop I'm looking for more information, such as Is this a passenger ship that ordinary travellers can book travel with? Is it a regular ship with a timetable? Some kind of cruise-ship? Or is this map just a proud display of "look where we've been"?... –  gerrit Feb 10 '13 at 10:24
    
The ship is a cruise ship for passengers, yes. And there are various photos online taken from/of it on various cruises, but it seems that since about July last year it has not been active, unlike its sister ship. Haven't been able to find out whether it is just undergoing maintenance. –  Rory Alsop Feb 10 '13 at 11:13

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