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    Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

    According to this article, NRK writes that the Hurtigruten have now become a "pure cruiseship" - and is no longer a local ship for the coast.

    http://nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nordland/1.10986645

    What is your opinion on this?
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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      Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

      I actually thought about that during my winter journey.
      I think that more than 95% of the passengers were pure tourists. Some of them on a round trip, some of them transporting themselves to Lofoten and other places of great interest.
      On some few stretches there were apparently more Norwegians traveling from port to port, Bod° - Lofoten to take one example.

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        Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
        According to this article, NRK writes that the Hurtigruten have now become a "pure cruiseship" - and is no longer a local ship for the coast.

        http://nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nordland/1.10986645

        What is your opinion on this?
        I've ALWAYS had the habbit of defending Hurtigruten whatever the cause is, but the development by the company are starting to annoy me more and more, and there's no doubt that tourists are certainly their #1 priority, which is frustrating for locals. Not allowed to sleep in the saloons, cancelling ports because the old people onboard might get seasick, tricking with the prizes, etc. If they keep going in this direction they will very successfully kill at least my devotion. The difference is very noticable since 2002-3 when I started traveling. Today I feel like a 2nd class passenger when Im traveling with them.

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          Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

          I better add one thing, but there are actually also Norwegian tourists on board.

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            Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

            Has anyone been having trouble booking a port-to-port? I was looking at Bergen to ┼lesund next year and kept getting results via Kirkenes.

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              Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

              Originally posted by Tommi View Post
              I better add one thing, but there are actually also Norwegian tourists on board.
              Yes there is.. tourists!

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                Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                It is another beginning to discuss the old question: Cruise or working ship. I think they try to do their best to do some kind of compromise. Think about the great error in the 80ies, as Vesteralen, the new Midnatsol and Narvik turned out to be the totally wrong concept and had to be rebuilt. May be also FM, MS and TF are a step to far into the other direction and a reliable compromise may be a coastal liner in dimensions like Fram. We have to discuss this again, when a new ship is to be launched as replacement for Lofoten or Vesteralen. And this will - in my opinion - not happen within the next five years.
                I don't think, Bente Aasjord has worked out an alternative concept to proove, how the money can be better used.
                It is just the asking of popular questions, the get the own face into the newspaper again. Maybe it was a little bit quiet around this person during the last weeks. Are elections going on soon?
                Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                  Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                  Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                  According to this article, NRK writes that the Hurtigruten have now become a "pure cruiseship" - and is no longer a local ship for the coast.

                  http://nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nordland/1.10986645

                  What is your opinion on this?
                  I took my first trip with Hurtigruten in 2006, so not that long ago, but I'm having a bit of that feeling. Not necessarily from my own trips (MS Lofoten still has a feeling of a working ship, particularly for cargo), but I also have the feeling that the commercial policy of Hurtigruten is leaning more and more towards the tourist market. Which is understandable, and OK for me I guess, as long as they retain this character of a working ship, tightly connected to the local economy and the local communities, and it would be a shame if that wasn't the case anymore.

                  As a pure tourist, I am not interested in a touristic cruise. What you say Carina about how you, as a local passenger, felt aboard the Hurtigruten ships recently is worrysome, as is some tales I've had from fellow passengers reporting loud music in the lounge or heavy-handed animations (because, they were told, "that's what the tourists want", do they really?).

                  It's true that during my last two trips, the majority of passengers were long-distance, tourist travellers, but I felt there was still a bit of local passengers (and as I said, quite a bit of cargo traffic). During my Christmas trip in 2010 abord MS Polarlys there were many many local passengers on Christmas eve and New Year Eve.
                  MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                  Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                  My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                    Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                    A tight and historic squeeze at Skjerv°y:

                    http://www.framtidinord.no/nyheter/article7673681.ece
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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                      Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                      2. July 1893 "Vesteraalen" departed from Trondheim to sail to Hammerfest, and thereby we saw the start of Hurtigruten in Norway.
                      Happy birthday!!!
                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                        Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                        Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
                        2. July 1893 "Vesteraalen" departed from Trondheim to sail to Hammerfest, and thereby we saw the start of Hurtigruten in Norway.
                        Happy birthday!!!
                        Time flies apparently. A lot of things have changed in the world of shipping during these years. The next years will probably be even more exiting, how will Hurtigruten evolve, more cruising or more transporting?

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                          Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                          Well, in the first years there were ships carrying mail and cargo with a few places for passengers.
                          Today it's ships carrying passengers with a few places for cargo pallets..., so maybe the future will see more 'cruising' activity...
                          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                            Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                            More local food on Hurtigruten: http://kortreist.smp.no/forside/article19790.ece

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                              Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                              I don't want to make any wild speculations and guesses here, but according to this below article, the passengers are abandoning Hurtigruten.

                              The reason is naturally manifold, but my first thought is the price level. The "cruises" with Hurtigruten are quite expensive compared to cruises on a pure cruise ship, and local distance fares are also really high.

                              http://www.vg.no/reise/artikkel.php?artid=10100269

                              "Tourists fails Hurtigruten

                              Both revenues and profits fall for Hurtigruten. Cruise nights in the second quarter was 14.3 percent lower than the same quarter last year.

                              The company posted a profit before tax in the second quarter of 103 million, a decrease of 30 million from the same period last year. So far this year, Hurtigruten has a loss before tax of 30 million, an improvement of NOK 9 million.

                              The decline was greatest among passengers from Scandinavia and Germany, two key markets for Hurtigruten.

                              According to CEO Daniel Skjeldam's efficiency program that commenced in December on schedule.

                              - The turnaround in progress are comprehensive and essential for the Hurtigruten will be profitable. The measures taken consecutively, and the effect appears already on the cost side, says Daniel Skjeldam.

                              Key figures from the Hurtigruten income statement for the second quarter of 2013, with figures for the second quarter 2012 in brackets:

                              * Turnover: 1.033 million (1.120 million)

                              * Operating profit: 158 million (NOK 200 million)

                              * Profit before tax: NOK 103 million (NOK 132 million)....."
                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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                                Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

                                Interesting.

                                From what I've heard, passengers numbers in the UK (incl Norway cruises) are holding steady? but revenue has dropped because they've had to cut prices.

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