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    Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

    I commented also in the Trollfjord-thread. Sure they have to do a compromise. Winter flights are very expensive and so there is some importance to reach them.
    For me it is difficult to judge. Does anyboy know if there exists a statistic about the missed ports from year to year. I remember we are discussing this regulary in winter times, but it would be interesting to have the opportunity to compare (maybe even with the years of the "old ships" in the 80ies).
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      Re: Hurtigruten ASA - news and comments

      I don't recall this footage posted here before, Nordnorge sailing in Hjørundfjorden:

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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?
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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, Bodø - 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 Ålesund 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 Skjervøy:

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

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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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