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    Beautiful, graceful Lofoten, what a relief after viewing Epic. This reminds me of my dear old you-know-who.
    Ivy

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    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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      It's a great ship. At the moment I wonder, if there are pirates on board? Seems like they try to board MS Kong Harald.

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        "Lofoten" on her way in to Tromso this morning at 7:05 much delayed.
        "LF" was 21 hours docked at Kirkenes, before she headed south directly to Tromsø.
        Motor problems or something else again?
        She continued the trip south to Harstad after a short stop.

        Best wishes from
        Bengt Domben

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          I think it's seriously time to think about replacing these veteran vessels from coastal service, and let them become a hotel/restaurant somewhere instead.

          But, a great image: look at the heat escaping from the funnel.
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            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
            I think it's seriously time to think about replacing these veteran vessels from coastal service, and let them become a hotel/restaurant somewhere instead.
            I think time and age are catching them up very fast now. But it would be a great shame if both of the last two vessels of this kind had only a static role ahead. I wonder how much business these two attract each year, not regular service customers, but customers that book their journeys purely because they want to travel on either of these two veterans? Maybe the first step in deciding their futures would be for management to do some research and studies on how viable these ships really are.

            And thank you again to everyone for all the great images, will be a sad day when you are no longer able to catch them coming into port.
            Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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              According to the newspaper Troms Folkeblad there was a defective component in the electric board which caused the problems this time.
              Best wishes from
              Bengt Domben

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                I agree with you, Jan-Olav. Even among all these wonderful pictures made by Bengt this is outstanding. You can feel the dynamic attempt to catch back some part of her delay.

                It is no point of discussion, that time passes by and these vessels are not competitive anymore. My question is, compared to a new build vessel, which percentage of that sum must be spend to renew her completely with modern equipment. I have the same opinion as Steve, the role of the old ships could be different in the future. Keep them in coastal service, but concentrate the freight on the larger and easier accessible ships. Create special roundtrips for enthusiasts, enlighten the history and nautic specialities of Hurtigruten. Let them rest for some weeks from time to time, replacing each other... I hope the company is aware where it comes from. These ships represent in size and configuration the character of the first 100 years of Hurtigruten between 1893 and the mid 1990ies. This is the base of the Hurtigruten-fascination and their message can - in my opinion - not be passed on completely by the new ships.

                But again, congratulations, Bengt for this beautiful close up of "my" ship.

                And Eilun - is that possibly cabin 500 or 501? Haven't seen some interior shots of this area before! Thank you for posting. I think, 304 is also a nice place to stay...
                Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                  Ralf, I expected a question for the cabin number. It is a secret cabin - no number on the map.
                  Pass the cabins 305-301 outside in direction to the bow and you will reach this suite.

                  I think the old ships must keep on sailing. The feeling of being a piece of the ocean is not the same on the new ships. I hope they will find a new job outside Hurtigruten.
                  The last years the other ships had a lot of trouble, too. If this is a reason to let them become a hotel, Hurtigruten cannot continue.

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                    Yes, i remember! I was there and had a view through the window. Later i thought that was 304... But i remember an old ships plan where it was called owner suite. I don't know from where that plan was from...
                    Last edited by Ralf__; June 21st, 2010, 17:24.
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                      Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                      I think it's seriously time to think about replacing these veteran vessels from coastal service, and let them become a hotel/restaurant somewhere instead...
                      I think she would make a very nice CV yacht. All we need is some serious money for a good refit.

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                        A view to the window? Mostly this is a little bit difficult. The suite is on the A-deck, but it has portholes. Maybe it is possible from the garage in Ålesund when the ship is moored in the right position?

                        Now I found an old plan from FFR

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                          Once again

                          Once again we see that the north- and soutbound switch positions in Trondheim:


                          According to this timetable and to normal procedure, northbound Lofoten should dock in the inner position, and Nordkapp in the outer.
                          But what we see is this:



                          Southbound Nordkapp, having arrived first, takes the inner position, while northbound Lofoten, arriving later, takes the outer.
                          I have not observed this many enough times to guess if it is a new, regular summer procedure, or if this is done to ease the docking of the old ships (which I think it is). I'm happy if somebody can help find out.

                          PS: And not only that; afters first having docked with her nose first, Lofoten has turned around, like we have discussed earlier in this (?) thread...

                          Last edited by Sigve; June 26th, 2010, 10:07.
                          Regards; Sigve.
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                            Having studied the AIS replay, Lofoten only goes stb side alongside to turn around with a spring/headline fast. This is a well known approach and a somewhat safer procedure than to back in when you don't have a bow thruster.

                            My guess is that the ships are communicating with the port/each other before every call to agree upon docking location and that this can be different from time to time. But it's likely to believe that Lofoten would prefer the outermost position because of her manouvering capabilities.

                            Their locations have no practical difference as the cargo are being handled from the same warehouse.

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                              Having studied the AIS replay,
                              How can you do that? And what AIS?
                              Regards; Sigve.
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                              IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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                                Originally posted by Sigve View Post
                                How can you do that? And what AIS?
                                At work Our AIS has a replay function.

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