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    Interesting discussions and opinions above!

    As far as I know, from the local papers here, Hurtigruten ASA sent out invitations to Norwegian yards just before the summer.

    Noryards at Rissa, which built the last Hurtigrute (Midnatsol), said they have received the communication but would not discuss if they are interested or will make a bid for the building.
    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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      On an unrelated issue, but regarding tendering and contracts, we learned this week that the BBC has not renewed its contract with the Met Office.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34031785

      However, and perhaps more relevant to our maritime interests on the forum, this won't affect the shipping forecast:-
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scie...-contract.html

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        Polarlys, Nordkapp, Nordnorge and Kong Harald will get new interiours during 2016:
        http://www.vg.no/forbruker/reise/hur...re/a/23517479/

        Personally I don't know what to think. The current interiors are of such high class so they can stand for themselves yet another 20 years. Perhaps some of them are getting a bit worn and torn and needs some touch up. There are a lot nice designs among the sketches, but I have a bit hard to appreciate that "lodge feeling" on board a ship. Some of those proposals do look more "scandinavian" than "norwegian". Clearly inspired by the temporary style of IKEA, and Viking Grace, for example the cabins. Some areas onboard the Nordkapp and Nordnorge are today a bit "empty looking", so perhaps the final result will be an improvement.
        But lodges...

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        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          I hope those rugs have non-skid underside and hole for the furniture lashings, just in case it should get a little rough around Stad, or in the Finnmark coast.
          Or is the intention to seek shelter, or cancel part of the route, whenever the weather is not "touristy"??

          There appears to have been a lot more of the last with the large ships with thrusters in all ends than it used to be with the old "slingrebaljene", with a single screw and an anchor to help when docking/ un-docking in all kinds of weather.

        • Tommi
          Tommi commented
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          I think that they won't be using "real" rugs, instead it will be a normal ship mat with a rug pattern integrated to the "wooden" laminate floor.

        • Ralf__
          Ralf__ commented
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          The current design is a ship's design, while you can always discuss about taste and style.
          But the shown proposals for the public rooms can also be located in a hotel, a Starbucks cafe, a shopping mall or a restaurant.
          I miss the ship atmosphere a lot and hope, they will not plan something like this.

          On the other hand i would appreciate the new cabin style, especially the kingsize double beds. It is rather nicer to share a real bed with your partner than to sleep separated during a dream cruise, isn't it??

        Then it is official, MS Spitsbergen is the name: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/article11519641.ece#cxrecs_s

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        • Clipper
          Clipper commented
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          Wow! Didn't see that one coming, but cool nevertheless.

        The new building for Hurtigruten.... could they be anything like this proposal?

        http://www.cruiseandferry.net/articl...p#.VfFj-3unBPR
        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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        • Clipper
          Clipper commented
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          Looks and sounds expensive!

        Good news! Free water in the restaurant is returning as of 1/1/16 :-)

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        • Ralf__
          Ralf__ commented
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          Hahaha! The water deal. What will then all the different forums have left to discuss about?
          I bet the management was intelligent enough to hide the water costs in the cruise price...

        It doesn't say which ship, so this will come under category "comment".
        A comment by an American couple after a round trip on Hurtigruten as posted in Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...31443204650666
        Rather brief and simple.

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        • yvneac
          yvneac commented
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          Of course English is the world language.And I don't mind,it is not a problem.The thing is that even if it is (more or less) speaking all over, it is not a reason to refuse to learn another language that is a appropriate way to discover another culture not only to order a beer when travelling in another country.
          As for me when I am in a non-francophone country, I :1) say hello in the language of this country, 2) say désolé je ne parle pas votre langue, parlez vous Français? 3)say, anyway I can try to speak English.

        • Tommi
          Tommi commented
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          I thought they spoke American over there?

        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          There are as many type of "American", as there are dialects in Sweden.
          The first time I visited New Orleans (1962) I thought the mostly black Stevedores were speaking in some sort of "African" language.

          Why don't most Americans and Brits learn to speak any other languages? Because most places the go there are people speaking some sort of English.
          On a rig in Indonesia an American, referring to a Indonesian boat Skipper that couldn't understand him, stated; "Goddamned foreigners, why can't they learn how to speak English"??? I pointed out that HE was the foreigner here; "why don't you learn how to speak Indonesian"??

        Today's comment to Hurtigruten's lack of considerations for their passengers: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2015/10/03...a-11641938.ece
        That two Chinese who cannot be reach by SMS and do not know how to find, (or read?) messages posted on the website should be within the capabilities of Hurtigruten to deduct. Looking at the names of the pax they should have been able to guess so.

        Obviously the Agent in Aalesund had been informed. To request them to send someone down on the wharf to inform booked pax of the cancellation should not be a problem since there would have had to be people there if the ship had been able to call.

        Another question is; why is a ship like Finnmarken - with all kinds of fancy facilities - unable to call at a port like Aalesund in just about any conditions?? Prestebrygga is not exposed and, if necessary, there are other options in Aalesund.
        Lofoten would have had no problem. She may have had to go "wrong" side alongside, depending on wind direction, but she would have got there and loaded/discharged her cargo as well.
        She have been able to do so for 52 years.

        It appears that Hurtigruten has become too much of a Cruise Line and no longer consider their main purpose to be important.

        PS> When is the next time negotiations with the Government for subsidies is due??
        Last edited by ombugge; October 10th, 2015, 14:02.

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          Any better??: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2015/10/10...a-11668107.ece

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            There is no shortage of articles about Hurtigruten in American media: http://www.stltoday.com/travel/artic...15afa1eb8.html
            Free advertising for Hurtigruten??

            Catching King crab through a hole in the ice is news to me. Is that how they do it in Varanger during the winter??

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              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              As far as I know, from the local papers here, Hurtigruten ASA sent out invitations to Norwegian yards just before the summer.
              Noryards at Rissa, which built the last Hurtigrute (Midnatsol), said they have received the communication but would not discuss if they are interested or will make a bid for the building.
              Latest developments:
              http://www.nord24.no/hurtigruten/tro...-32-45804?null

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                Looks good to me. I know that some of my CVF friends won't like the change, but to me it looks fresh and unfussy. Probably rather easier to maintain as well. The rest of the article is pretty positive too.
                Cheers,

                Mark.

                www.pologlover.co.uk

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                  I'm really happy, and I feel a lot of other people are too, that Hurtigruten has eventually chosen a Norwegian shipyard to do the conversion work of their ships, including the Spitsbergen.

                  I already knew that Fosen Yards had been contacted but could not in my wildest dream imagine that they would be chosen. It's a great day for this shipyard, which filed for bankruptcy less than a month ago. And, the good thing is that it is so close to me that I might be able to capture some images.... (?).

                  According to this Norwegian article today ( http://www.fosna-folket.no/nyheter/2...t-11763372.ece ), the order of the conversions will be as follows:

                  Polarlys (arriving already next week)
                  Kong Harald
                  Nordkapp
                  Nordnorge....

                  ... and off course, the Spitsbergen too.
                  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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                    Hurra for Fosen!

                    Re: The converted interiors:
                    I hope that the result will be better than the renderings. The new interiors look like a catastrophe to me.
                    Regards; Sigve.
                    ---
                    IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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                      I love the rendering from the panorama lounge and also the cabin looks great, but the restaurant is not in my taste.

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