All accommodation on board NorthLink Ferries ships have been built with your comfort in mind. Cabins are modern, clean and fully equipped with en-suite washbasin, toilet and shower facilities. All cabins are now equipped with an individual temperature control and tea & coffee-making facilities.
You can reserve a cabin for exclusive use or, under our sharing scheme, book a berth only at a very reasonable price.
Premium Outside 2-berth Cabin
These two-berth outside cabins are equipped with satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary shortbread and mineral waters. Passengers who purchase an Premium cabin will receive free admission to Magnus’ lounge.
Executive 2-berth Outside Cabin
Our executive cabins provide a little more space with a practical work desk, ideal for business travellers. These cabins are specially fitted with upper and lower bunks and are are equipped with satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary shortbread and mineral waters. Passengers who purchase an Executive cabin will receive free admission to Magnus’ lounge.
Cabin Outer Twin
A large window, providing natural light, gives a spacious feel to these cabins. They have two comfortable fixed beds, positioned side by side.
Cabin Inner Twin
ATwo-berth inside cabins sleep two in two comfortable beds. Please note that in some two-berth inside cabins, beds are positioned side by side, and in others there is one lower fixed berth and one pull down bunk. This cabin does not have a window, however it does have an en-suite toilet and shower, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Inside 4-berth cabin
With two lower fixed berths and two pull down bunks accessed by a fitted ladder, these cabins are great for families and visitors travelling in groups. Please note – inside cabins do not have windows.
Cabin inner four with TV
A four-berth equipped with a TV means that you watch satellite television or plug in your games console for in-cabin entertainment. Please note – inside cabins do not have windows.
Purpose-built cabins for those with restricted mobility
These are two and three berth cabins, that are generally more spacious, with easy access doors, bed hoists, toilet and shower facilities and assistance alarms. There are only a limited number of these cabins on each ship so an early enquiry is recommended. Please note – these cabins do not have windows.
Cabin share scheme – buy a bed rather than a whole cabin
For those happy to share either an outside or inside cabin with other travellers of the same gender, booking a bed rather than a cabin is a low cost option. We simply ask that those choosing this option show consideration for their fellow travellers. Infants cannot be booked into shared cabins and we would request that those wishing to book young children into shared cabins show appropriate consideration to fellow cabin passengers.
If you want a good night’s sleep without the cost of your own cabin then try our new exclusive use sleeping pods. Costing £18, they come with a large table, adjustable lighting and a USB socket to charge your iPad or any other mobile device. The seat reclines back to allow you to lie and sleep without intruding on the space of the person behind. The price includes a pack with a blanket, pillow and eye mask as well as a token for a free shower in the facilities next door exclusively for those purchasing a Sleeping Pod. This pack is to be picked up from the ship’s Reception desk and we would appreciate it if you could return the pillow, blanket and any unused shower tokens.
For passengers choosing to travel without overnight accommodation, there are reclining chairs available – please book your seats with your travel. Blankets and pillows can be hired from the Northern Isles Shop on board, for £3 with a £5 deposit.
Cabins on the Scrabster-Stromness route
There is a similar range of comfortable cabins available at a special price for the short crossing on the MV Hamnavoe between Scrabster and Stromness.
Passengers travelling on the first crossing from Stromness at 0630 can book a cabin on a bed and breakfast basis, boarding the previous evening between 2130 and 2330. For more information see our Hamnavoe B&B offer page.
How many cabins are there?
The larger ships have 117 cabins each, with M.V. Hamnavoe having 16.
What facilities are in the cabins?
Each cabin has either two or four berths and en suite facilities. There is a telephone to contact Reception for information and assistance. Outside cabins have windows. There are UK style power points for electrical equipment such as computers, phone chargers etc. There is a shaver socket and an integral hairdryer in the bathroom. The two-berth cabins have two single beds and the four-berth cabins have two additional upper bunks.
Are there televisions in the cabins?
There are a number of premium cabins on the routes from Aberdeen and Lerwick. These come equipped with remote controlled colour TV with free access to movies on demand, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary mineral waters.
Is there somewhere secure I can leave valuables?
Your cabins are secured by an electronic lock, however we recommend you leave cash and valuables in a safety deposit box at reception.
Are there lounges or general seating areas around the ship? Are they all noisy with television or music?
There are lounges at various locations. Some of these have television whilst others such as Magnus’ Lounge are designated ‘quiet areas’.
Are there seats suitable for sleeping in?
Reclining sleeper seats are available on longer journeys and can be booked in advance for a small charge. These seats are similar in design to aircraft seats, and are located in a quiet area of the ship. A pillow and blanket can be hired from the Northern Isles Shop onboard for £3 with a £5 deposit which will be returned when you return the pillow and blanket the following day.