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  • To stay as objective as I possibly can, and to draw on personal memories, there was a cruise line that tried building 8 absolutely identical cruiseships. Everything was supposed to be the same: colors, carpet, lounge names and such... the idea behind was that their passengers would feel home on whatever ship they sailed and that they would have no preference for one over the other.

    Needless, the idea was put into action and they started building, but before the entire program was completed, they abandoned the whole idea and went bankrupt.

    I'm NOT SAYING Hurtigruten will go bankrupt because of this idea, they are after all having their best years financially EVER, but what I'm trying to say is that I (personally) think passengers / guests want individual experiences instead of a generic and copied style.

    If it would have been up to me, and it will never be, I would have had each ship's style and interior theme reflect their name.

    Nordlys interiors would be strongly influenced by the Aurora Borealis light and colors: perhaps even with a Aurora sky in the ceiling in the panorama for night time magic.

    Polarlys would be furnished with thoughts of the northern light, with stars and meteorological and celestial themes.

    Richard With would be a ship refelcting on Captain Richard With, his life, ships, career and the things which made him famous.

    Kong Harald.... I think you get the idea: it would be the "posh-est" ship... almost palace like, a royal yacht carrying the theme of HM King Harald and HRH Queen Sonja. Heavy carpets and very, very stylish.

    Each ship with a totally unique character and atmosphere.

    But, I know, designing different ships would be far more expensive when compared to an interior that can be moved between all the ships without anyone noticing it at all.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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    • nari
      nari commented
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      I absolutely agree, pakarang.

    • Sarnia
      Sarnia commented
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      I vote for you as the next designer!
      Fully agree with you as well.
      I need to have a connection with the ship I'm traveling with, and that means she has to have her own personality. Some I will get along with better than others, as I would with people. I need "my" ship to have a soul. This is one of the things that appeals (appealed?) to me with Hurtigruten.

  • Polarlys was the current ship with the longest absence in picture update, so here are some relatively "new" images taken back in June...





    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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    • Tommi
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      The steamer with the most clean looking lines?

    • nari
      nari commented
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      Yes, for a large ship (yes, she is large in my personal rules of belief) she looks good. For a unique ship (and for me, a perfect size and shape) Lofoten cannot be outclassed, but nostalgia has to end sometime......

    • Sigve
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      Nari; You should take a cruise with Serenissima, Lofotens sister, same size and upgraded to a modern cruiseship.

  • I agree to the above, both that a cruise on Serenissima is a must for anyone with love for those pocket size ships with history and class, and the fact that Polarlys is such a beautiful ship. I think her panorama lounge windows above the bridge and special rounded shapes, makes her look softer and more pleasing than the sharp edge Stralsund ships for example.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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    • Tommi
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      Yes, I think i referred to "all modern steamers with red stripes" when i commented.
      Lofoten plays in a different division where Serenissima clearly is the queen of cruisers.

      The Stralsund sisters clearly are a bit too practically designed, like a pile of containers on a hull. NN and NK balances the design a bit more harmonically.

  • Re Serenissima - she looks very suave and quite elegant but she is still just a cruise ship and if I understand correctly (probably not) she does not "do" cargo. Also there is probably entertainment..? which puts me off. I am particular and probably fussy. Oh well. So be it.

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    • Seagull
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      Serenissima doesn't "do" cargo, but doesn't "do" entertainment either (at the most an after-dinner quiz in the lounge one evening, simply avoided by heading to the front lounge; maybe some lectures depending on the itinerary). Totally free seating at meals, no dressing up or formal nights.

    • nari
      nari commented
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      Thanks! She sounds like an ideal ship - to me anyway!

  • "Polarlys" on her way to Skjerv°y this evening.

    Best wishes from
    Bengt Domben

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    • Polarlys does indeed look great at all times of the day, and in any kind of weather or situation!
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
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      • Polarlys north bound from Aalesund today:




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        • Ralf__
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          It is still an unusual view to me with all these new buildings at the pier. More cruise-ship-like without fork lifters and cargo traffic...

      • "Polarlys" nortbound from Troms° this evening.

        Best wishes from
        Bengt Domben

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        • "Polarlys" inbound to Troms° tonight.

          Best wishes from
          Bengt Domben

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          • Seagull
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            Always a lovely sight going past, this one
            Although it's seeing the ships that I enjoy so much, my curiosity has got the better of me and I have to ask a photography question - what camera are you using now, Bengt?

          • Azimut
            Azimut commented
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            I got a good deal on a new Nikon D7200 that I could not decline.
            This is a solid and good camera, and I use the two lenses 18-55mm and 70-300mm which is a good combination for my use.

          • Tommi
            Tommi commented
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            Great to hear that you're back behind the lens!

        • Congratulations on a new camera! Nikon is one of the great brands for sure.

          The image looks great - naturally, this is my favourite hurtigrute because she is just so perfectly shaped, but the image is super clear and very "moodful".
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
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          • Polarlys heading southbound, approaching Harstad early on 21 June 2017.



            Cheers,

            Mark.

            www.pologlover.co.uk

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            • Polarlys is like .... you know, the centerfold of a magazine.... she is just the best looking, well-shaped and well-proportioned ship of the entire fleet. She always looks great, no matter which angle you see her.
              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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              • This afternoon I noticed a Hurtigrute alongside at Skansekaia. Being curious I went to have look.
                This picture, taken at 1509 hrs. shows Polarlys still alongside:

                Even by winter schedule she should have left at this time. By summer schedule she should be on her way back from Geiranger.
                According to Marine traffic she arrived at 0800 and left at 1900 hrs. per summer schedule, but did not go to Geiranger. What is going on??

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                • Info from Hurtigruten yesterday,due to technical problems Torvik and Geiranger were canceled today (19.08.17) The ship will sail according to the regular timetable from ┼lesund tonight.
                  Best wishes from
                  Bengt Domben

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                  • ombugge
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                    Thanks for quick reply.

                • From November 2016:

                  PB123246 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr

                  PB123249 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr

                  PB123251 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr

                  From August 2017:

                  P8205129 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr

                  P8205131 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr

                  P8205133 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr

                  P8205136 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr
                  Olympus user
                  E-M1, E-M5
                  w/ Lots of new and old (adapted lenses)...

                  Hurtigruten ships traveled on:
                  MS Richard With, MS Nordnorge, MS Nordkapp, MS Nordlys, MS Finnmarken, MS Midnatsol (Both old and new)

                  Cruise ships traveled on:
                  MS Sunbird, former RCI Song of America, now MS Louis Olympia (August 2002)
                  MS Adventure of the Seas (October 2010)
                  MS Vision of the Seas (June 2012)
                  MS Enchantment of the Seas (October 2016)

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