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    These British tourists which have sailed on Hurtigruten many times, won't be making the journey again.

    http://www.nord24.no/Det_britiske_ek...-32-11673.html

    They are quite simply fed up after having been charged for the water in the dining room, and feels that the ships are like Ryan Air of the Seas.
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    • nari
      nari commented
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      Do you sense, Jan-Olav, that older ships in the fleet will be sold off as well and the protection Lofoten enjoys will be gone?
      Norway is not the only country selling out to overseas- Australia flogs off land, commodities and possibly anything else it can think of. To Asia.

    • Sigve
      Sigve commented
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      Lofoten is declared worthy of protection by Riksantikvaren and this will not be affected by a sale. And heaven forbid a sale!

    Thanks for that, Sigve. Good to hear, but it must be a concern for all of you with ties, emotional and otherwise, with Hurtigruten, and the future.

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      Hurtigruten is thinking about expansion in the east and north, the news says:

      http://www.abcnyheter.no/reise/2015/...er-pa-russland

      http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/ir...n-7881137.html

      Aftenposten writes:

      "“The message from British TRD Capital is clear: Look to the north. They bought 90 percent of Hurtigruten for around three billion. They want higher activity in the polar regions, in addition to the Norwegian coast.

      From before Hurtigruten is heavily involved in tourism on Svalbard.
      Already in the 1800s they had one ship north and built hotels there. Now they own the tour operator Spitsbergen Travel, including two hotels and is a shareholder in a third. Their expedition ship "Fram" brings tourists to a number of places in the archipelago, and this summer is veteran "Nordstjernen" chartered for sailings on Svalbard.

      The company has started the thought process about one billion investment in a new explorer ship.

      - The interest in our offerings in the Arctic and Antarctica has increased. Here we earn money coming the rest of the operation to good, says CEO Daniel Skjeldam. He is this week in London in meetings with the new owners, and dedication desire is great, too eastwards.

      Svalbard is way short of Frans Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya, part of the Russian Arctic that has interesting history, unusual nature and has until now been almost closed.

      - Russian authorities are interested and we prepare expedition cruises to these places, and the White Sea, said Skjeldam.

      The concept is to have academic lectures on board about the local culture, nature and history. So passengers are put ashore with small boats, and get to experience places that are otherwise hard to reach.

      In Antarctica "Fram" has great success among other things calls for the former Norwegian whaling base on Deception Island, which is inside the crater of an active volcano.

      Svalbard has guided tours of Magdelenefjorden, where large glaciers calve into the icy blue water. One observes walrus at Moffen close, but legally hold and maybe get one glimpse of polar bears in Kongsfjorden.

      - Tourists who choose Hurtigruten, see, experience and learn. To increase knowledge is an important goal for many, says Daniel Skjeldam. In winter they have had assistance through Hammerfest in dark time, which has given exuberant good feedback.

      - What about protecting the environment in the vulnerable Arctic?

      - The more people understand, the more one takes care of the environment. We follow international and local regulations for shipping and tourism. Our guests have for many years participated in litter picking along beaches in Svalbard and trained in climate, conservation and wildlife in polar regions, says Skjeldam.

      He refers to the Hurtigruten participating in cruise Association AECO, which has made clear guidelines for "use" of Svalbard. Same model is now being used in Greenland, in northern Canada and in the Russian Arctic."” (Google Translate)
      Regards; Sigve.
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      IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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      • nari
        nari commented
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        I rather like the idea of the inclusion of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef being included in the Arctic plans. And jJan Mayen.....hope it comes to something.

      All it took was some foreign expertise and Hurtigruten is in the black?? : http://www.smp.no/naeringsliv/articl...4.ece#cxrecs_s

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        Hurtigruten is doubling their capacity in Antarktis next winter and sends Midnatsol as an addition to Fram:

        http://www.hurtigruten.com/no/Utils/...-ms-midnatsol/
        Regards; Sigve.
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        IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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          The official German press text states further on:
          "Während der Antarktis-Saison wird MS Midnatsol auf der traditionellen Route entlang der norwegischen Küste durch ein anderes Schiff ersetzt werden."
          During the Antactic season MS Midnatsol will be replaced by another ship on the traditional route.

          Has anyone an idea or heard about, which ship that will be? Gann, Nordstjernen or something totally different?
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          • Tommi
            Tommi commented
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            Considering that Lofoten apparently seems to be pretty heavy booked I wouldn't be surprised if it would be a classic ship.

          • Sigve
            Sigve commented
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            My bet is Nordstjernen, newly restored and in top shape, and this summer chartered by HRG for Svaldbard cruises.

          My wild guess: M/S ATLANTIDA (IMO 9434060) :-)
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          • Ralf__
            Ralf__ commented
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            Oh, such a "beauty". Do you have any reason for this guess?
            My guess is Nordstjernen also, she will have no charters during winter. And it is a nice repeating story... don't care about my silly speech from yesterday, when we decided to replace her...

          The reason for "my guess" is a rumor I heard, that this was the ship they wanted.
          When looking at the ship and thinking about it, I thought that it could be true as the ship is rather new (2014), is a passenger ship looking like a hurtigrute (in a way), and has port ro-ro capabilities (at the stern). All this mean they could have a replacement that also take cars.
          Other than that..., it could be any ship (and Nordstjernen) for all I know :-)
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
            The reason for "my guess" is a rumor I heard, that this was the ship they wanted.
            When looking at the ship and thinking about it, I thought that it could be true as the ship is rather new (2014), is a passenger ship looking like a hurtigrute (in a way), and has port ro-ro capabilities (at the stern). All this mean they could have a replacement that also take cars.
            Other than that..., it could be any ship (and Nordstjernen) for all I know :-)
            She appear to have a side port for pallet handling as well:


            As well as on Stbd. side:


            But what is the standard of accommodation? 750 Pax on a Ro/Rax of 93 m. LOA doesn't sound like there are much space per pax.
            Then again, they may not need that many cabins during the winter season?

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            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              Ferry Atlântida at the Navy Shipyards of the Arsenal do Alfeite. Built at Viana do Castelo for the Azores interislands routes, it was refused by the company that ordered her and it has since been put for sale.
              Now owned by the Gov. of Venezuela, but still at the building yard. Has this ferry ever actually been trading??

            • nari
              nari commented
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              I assume the hull is ice-strengthened?

            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              Built for the Azores so that is unlikely.
              Not required for the Norwegian coast anyway.

              She was actually launched 03/2008 as Viana 258 but only completed in 10/2014.
              Now owned by Duro Azul SA, Oporto, which is a one ship company.

            There may be a lot of practical reasons (the side port and also her stern port is at the corner, so able for sideways roro also), but who of the roundtrip passengers will book a cruise on her?
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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            • nari
              nari commented
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              Not me. If I went to Antarctica again, which is not likely, I would go with Aurora Expeditions and the little ship Polar Pioneer (ex-Akademic Shulyakin, USSR) Very intimate and comfortable ship, which does not need an icebreaker to go where she needs to go.

            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              It is the Midnatsol that is heading to Antarctica, not the Atlantida, if that is going to be the replacement on the coastal run.

            One article about Midnatsol in Antartica.

            http://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/...oins-fram.html

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              Originally posted by yvneac View Post
              One article about Midnatsol in Antartica.
              This article, stressing the different emphasis and styles of cruising that Midnatsol and Fram will offer, accurately reports what I heard onboard from Fram’s expedition team when the news broke. They are enthusiastic about the various opportunities it presents.

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              • ombugge
                ombugge commented
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                It also stresses the difference between going to Argentine ports and the Falklands. Make your pick.

              • Seagull
                Seagull commented
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                Yes indeed, the Chile destinations are noticeably back after not featuring in the itineraries for a while.

              Hurtigruten won the case against Stranda Havnevesen: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/article11248975.ece

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                Sterkoder was right. Atlantida is Hurtigrutens New ship!"

                http://www.nord24.no/her-er-hurtigru...p/s/5-32-31884
                Regards; Sigve.
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                IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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                  It is now official, the Atlantida has been purchased and will replace Midnatsol when she is in Antartica: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/article11259513.ece

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    Look like we posted simultaneously here Sigve.
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