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  • pakarang
    started a topic ::: Nordstjernen :::

    ::: Nordstjernen :::

    Based on and a continuation of a thread from our old forum:

    http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=242

  • Sterkoder
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    But why will LOFOTEN be sold? Is it due to the fact that she's not fit to take on board passengers with certain handicaps who can't come on board without specially designed gangways, on board elevators and as we call it in Norwegian, that she's not 'universelt utformet'??
    I know there are rules and regs that means of transportation open to the public, must be 'universelt utformet' and that the handicap organizations and humans who sadly have a handicap that limit their movement, look upon it all as rather discriminating for them.
    BUT; the fact that if people with handicaps can't use LOFOTEN, then nobody else should use her either? Is that not discriminating to all who does not have a handicap?
    Why does the sailings with LOFOTEN have to stop completely, just because one can't use a wheel chair on board?
    This is not the correct thread for a discussion of LOFOTEN, but I'm getting a bit provoked.

  • nari
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    A kindly gesture for another old ship - but what will happen to Lofoten next year when I understand she is to be sold off? She has had an incredibly strong following with the pax for years......I hope she does not end up rotting in an Asian port and scrapped.....tooo sad.

  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
    News from the Kristiansund Port Authorities Friday morning:

    Former hurtigrute MS Nordstjernen, will be winter stored in Kristiansund. She will arrive in December, and most likely be moored in a safe, but very visible place, in the city until March 2019.
    Oh, good news, and perhaps a small "congratulations" as well.

    As far as I know, she is currently at Fosen Yards as an accommodation ship during the refurbishment of one of the HRG-ships there.

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  • Sterkoder
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    News from the Kristiansund Port Authorities Friday morning:

    Former hurtigrute MS Nordstjernen, will be winter stored in Kristiansund. She will arrive in December, and most likely be moored in a safe, but very visible place, in the city until March 2019.

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  • Seagull
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    Thank you so much for this trip report and your ever excellent and inspiring photography, Kim. It brought back so many memories for me too, both of the ship and the destination. And yes, thanks to Hurtigruten for sailing Nordstjernen again long after I thought I had witnessed the final goodbyes in 2012.

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  • pakarang
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    Thank you so much for sharing this trip with me and with us. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

    What an amazing trip it must have been, and on board such a beautiful vessel. This must have been a trip for the most seasoned traveler and I'm confident that the memories of this trip will remain with you for the rest of your life.

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  • Kim Viktor
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    Finally (for me) the last part of the trip....


    Next morning at Blomstrand's peninsula, north of Ny-Ålesund.




    Here we had the chance to move free within a limited area. Our guides protected us…


    Ice art on the beach.


    In Ny-Ålesund an old locomotive from 1917 is conserved.


    The world's northest post office is located in Ny-Ålesund.






    Another delicious dinner with scallops.


    We arrived in Longyearbyen at midnight. We were allowed to stay onboard until 8 AM next morning.


    One of the D2 cabins.

    I would like to thank you Hurtigruten for this wonderful and inspiring trip. All my expectaions were exceeded and I will be back soon.






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  • nari
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    Indeed a special ship - so well maintained and elegant, and that is from a devotee of Lofoten......

  • Sterkoder
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    Just look at that beautiful NORDSTJERNEN! I hope we will see her sailing for a long, long time. Thanks for posting pictures for us others to daydream into..., to put it that way.

  • Seagull
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    I don't want your voyage to end Kim! ...and those last few images of sea and sky are utterly magical

  • Kim Viktor
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    Our second landing for the day was in Bockfjord.


    Hot springs, just hard to take a swim in those…


    The red Mountains





    I love this stair hall.


    Tonight's dinner was probably the best I have had on a Hurtigruten ship. As a starter we had duck and the main course consisted of a beautiful arctic char.


    When we passed the 80th parallell champagne was served.


    Evidence…


    On the Moffen Island we observed about 70 walruses. I think they have a quite similar Daily Schedule as me?


    And then came the mirror….









    To be continued…. Just one part left!

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  • Kim Viktor
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    Enjoying a peaceful landscape.


    The guides noted everything we observed.


    At lunch time we reached the Monaco glacier (named after Prince Albert the 1st of Monaco).


    A bearded seal was watching us…



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  • Kim Viktor
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    The bridge


    Prinsendam joined us by the Monaco glacier.


    We did a landing close to the "Texas bar". Unfortunately just a trapper cabin with nothing to drink.

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  • pakarang
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    She is so good-looking and I'm so thankful you both documented - AND shared these images with me / us.

    So thrilled that she is still in active use here in Norway, under Norwegian flag and ownership. She could have been so far away from us that we never got to take shots like this of the ship that we all love so much.

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