The MV Malaspina is named after the Malaspina Glacier, located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the largest piedmont glacier in the world. The glacier was named after Captain Don Alessandro Malaspina, Italian navigator and explorer in the service of Spain, who explored the Northwest coast of North America in 1791. The vessel was designed by Phillip F. Spaulding and Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock in Seattle in 1963. The MV Malaspina was one of three sister ships that made up the original AMHS fleet. After nine years in operation, the ship underwent lengthening and renovation at the Willamette Iron and Steel Company in Portland, Oregon.
MV Malaspina is 408 feet long and 74 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 2,928 and a service speed of 16.5 knots. The MV Malaspina is designed to carry 450 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 1,675 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 83 twenty-foot vehicles. There are 45 four-berth and 26 two-berth cabins, as well as 1 wheelchair-accessible cabin. View our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.
The MV Malaspina onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated lockers, writing and quiet lounges, and a child's play area. Fresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. Coin operated ice machines and microwaves are also available. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the MV Malaspina.
Cabin Types & Descriptions
Two Berth Cabins: The MV Malaspina is equipped with 2-berth cabins as well as at least one 2-berth accessible cabin. ADA cabins are modified to accommodate wheelchair access in the entire cabin space. Click here to to see the layouts of the 2-berth cabins on MV Malaspina.
Four Berth Cabins: The MV Malaspina is equipped with 4-berth cabins as well as 4-berth cabins that have an area for sitting. Click here to to see the layouts of the 4-berth cabins on MV Malaspina.