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    Thank you for sharing that image of Kong Olav in the ice, an image I had never seen before.

    It's in sharp contrast to the tropical heat which the ship enjoyed her shameful retirement years in.
    With kind regards,

    Jan-Olav Storli
    Administrator and Owner CaptainsVoyage Forum / CaptainsVoyage.com

    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
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      Flåm, May 4, 2016:

      This must be the most long lived cruiseship in the world. According to Wikipedia she is the worlds oldest oceangoing passenger ship in active service.



      Astoria (ex Azores, ex Athena and so on) is one of Seagulls favourites. She aquired her new name in March this year.



      Have a look at her CV:
      1946: Launched.
      1948: Delivered as Stockholm (Svenska Amerikalinjen). 25.7.1956 collided with Andrea Doria out of New York. 52 dead.
      1960: Völkerfreundschaft. Sold to DDR as the states cruise ship. In these years I saw her many times in Ålesund.
      1985: Volker.


      (As Völkerfreundschaft)

      1986: Fridtjof Nansen.
      1993: Italia I.
      1994: Italia Prima.
      1998: Valtur Prima.
      2002: Caribe.
      2005: Athena.
      2013: Azores.
      2016: Astoria.

      She is, of course, rebuilt many times. But she still looks like a ship and not like a box.

      The Pakarang view:

      Last edited by Sigve; May 5th, 2016, 07:21.
      Regards; Sigve.
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      IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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      • Tommi
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        Thank you for the photos and the history lesson.
        Impressive!

      • Seagull
        Seagull commented
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        Well I've sailed on her, and even here to Flåm! But I’m not sure she's really a "favourite". However you have for sure photographed the oldie with seemingly more lives than the proverbial cat from the best possible angles, Sigve! I especially like the 'through the leaves' photo.

      June 24, 2016: Nordlys calling.

      Friday was a misty day in Ålesund.



      I was on the Skansekaia when Nordlys was due from Geiranger.



      Nordlys is one of my favourites, always on time, always reliable, and her interior untouched.



      She was on time today as well, just as I had expected.



      This is The Pakarang view.



      Nordlys docking, mirroring herself in the new buildings at Skansekaia.



      Jan Arild Hagen was also there, a true hurtigruten enthusiast and a volunteer and veteran dock hand for several decades.

      Regards; Sigve.
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      IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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        Sigve, thank you for this very personal view on Hurtigruten. It seems quite hard to catch the old spirit, isn't it? But here it is!
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          Test from Flickr:
          SKV-17-0541 by Sigmund Krøvel-Velle, on Flickr
          Regards; Sigve.
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          IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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            Seen in Oslo June 24th: DFDS Crown Seaways docked at Vippetangen, and in front the Oslo City Cruise boat "Jomfruen".

            Oslo DFDS by Sigmund Krøvel-Velle, on Flickr
            Regards; Sigve.
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            IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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              So sad to see that "begging for more money message" from Photobucket... but thrilled to see that flickr is working as good as that!

              The images are great - the Vision of the Fjords is a very interesting vessel, and a former colleague of mine is one of the project innovators.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
              Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
              Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                She fills up the fjord; Queen Mary 2, leaving Ålesund the other day, The spray from "Brannsprøyta" gets tiny to her massive hull.

                Qm2 by Sigmund Krøvel-Velle, on Flickr
                Regards; Sigve.
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                IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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                • PoloUK
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                  Fantastic image Sigve - have you bought yourself a helicopter?

                • Sigve
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                  Thank you, no - the picture is taken from the roof terrace at Fjellstua, overlooking the city and the harbour.

                Beautiful image, Sigve - she sure is massive!

                Will never forget that day when we met her on the fjord here in Trondheim. My relatively large Korsfjord became so small as we sailed around her. The best part was when we blew our tiny whistle and she responded with all what she got.... talking about making us on the K feel small!
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
                Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

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