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    "Finnøy" bound for Lauvvik

    "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

    "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

    "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

    "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

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      "Finnøy" at Oanes

      "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

      On her way to Lauvvik

      "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

      Lots of traffic in the fjords, "Finnøy", "Prinsessen", "Sandnes", "Tidebris" and the Stavanger-Tau ferries.

      "Finnøy", "Prinsessen", "Sandnes", "Tidebris" og Taufergene. by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

      Midway across Høgsfjorden.

      "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

      In Lauvvik.

      "Finnøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

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        "Stord" arriving at Tau

        "Stord" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

        "Stord" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

        "Hardanger" seen from "Stord", which has just departed from Tau.

        "Hardanger" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

        "Hardanger" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

        "Hardanger" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

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          "Ryfylke" seen from "Stord".

          "Ryfylke" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

          "Ryfylke" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

          "Stord" og "Ryfylke" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

          "Rygerbuen" on her way to Vassøy.

          "Rygerbuen" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

          "Rygerbuen" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

          And those are probably the last ferry photos from the Stavanger region from me, at least for a while. From here, it is up to Pål to shoot ferry photos down there, when he goes back to "Gann" in a few months.

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            I am currently working on selecting, editing and uploading photos from my fantastic year onboard "Gann", and when moving back home, I decided not to travel the regular way by air, but by car. Since I do not have the drivers lisence yet, that means my parents had to come down to Stavanger. The only ferry crossing on the way home, was one I am very familiar with and like very much, Bognes-Lødingen. At Bognes, "Hamarøy" showed up about around 01:20, and departed at 01:30( 1:30 am).

            "Hamarøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

            The 01:30 departure was supposed to be carried out by the A-route ferry, which is "Lødingen", but due to technical problems, both "Lødingen" and "Barøy" were out of service. That meant the B-route and C-route departures were cancelled, and the C-route ferry "Hamarøy" had to step in as main ferry. In Lødingen, "Hamarøy"s sister ferry, "Tysfjord", was preparing for service after a few months down in Hordaland, where she was leased to FosenNamsosSjø. For 20 years, "Tysfjord" was the main ferry in the route between Lødingen and Bognes, and for 5 or 6 years, "Hamarøy" sailed as B-ferry, before she became C-ferry and reserve ferry. When the new ships are out of service, I guess it is good to have the good old ones ready to step in.

            "Tysfjord", "Lødingen" and "Barøy" in Lødingen

            "Tysfjord", "Lødingen" og "Barøy". by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr


            Sister ferries "Hamarøy" and "Tysfjord" along with sister ferries "Lødingen" and "Barøy"

            Ferger i Lødingen. by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

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              Fjord 1 and the LNG powered ferries got a mentioning on gcaptain yesterday: http://gcaptain.com/clean-skies-clea...powered-ships/

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                Something a little different.

                I know we've had the discussion before about whether some of the largest Cruise Ferries are truly car ferries or not. However, there are plenty of photos of the Silja twins, the Color ships, Viking Grace etc., on here, so I think that this will count.

                On our way back from Norway we travelled on Color Magic. That was quite an experience. The route worked well for us, cutting out 800km of driving, and taking us to where we needed to go.

                But the ship was incredible. At 75,000 tonnes this is claimed to be the largest Car Ferry or Cruise Ship with Car Deck in the world, and I'm not going to argue with them. We had a comfortable cabin, we ate a good meal in one of the restaurants and we had a good breakfast - we didn't however do the swimming pool, spa, sauna, casino, night club, four other restaurants, etc. etc.!!

                The best way I can describe the ship is as being like Silja Serenade or Symphony in that it is built around a central promenade and that there are wide staircases running up the outside of the vessel. There are plenty of outdoor spaces too. However, large chunks of it reminded us more of Finnmarken, Trollfjorden or Midnatsol than anything else.

                So to start with, the promenade.










                Cheers,

                Mark.

                www.pologlover.co.uk

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                  And at the other end of the ship.



                  Then some of the bits we chose not to visit:





                  The Observation Lounge, a circular area cantilevered off the top reminded us of the view from the Hurtigruter.

                  Cheers,

                  Mark.

                  www.pologlover.co.uk

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                    Outside deck just after we'd boarded.



                    Outside deck just before departure!



                    By that time an awful lot of deck chairs, sun loungers, cushions and heaven knows what else had moved - mysteriously - from various other parts of the ship to that aft sun deck. 10 minutes later, when the heavens opened, the deck was empty again, and the poor crew had to start to magic everything back to where it belonged. There were nearly 3,000 people on that ship - 90% of them seemed to have left their brains at home when they picked up the tickets for the start of their holidays!

                    In the morning we returned to our cars - some people looking rather the worse for wear. That was when it became apparent that this is truly a car ferry! This is part of the upper ramp - there's another one running across the ship just in front of this and the cargo deck was absolutely full of camper vans, overheight vehicles, caravans a couple of buses and a few lorries.




                    Picture of the ship itself? You must be joking - never got far enough away from it to get a decent shot! There are some great photos from Eirik and Tom McNikon of the vessel elsewhere on this thread.


                    Overall impression? The ship was clean, well cared for, brilliantly appointed and well run. The staff were friendly and hard working. The ticket felt expensive, but we chose to have a bigger cabin which contributed to that. There was a huge passenger load on the day we travelled, a couple of days before the start of the Norwegian 'Fellesferie', and there were loads of returning Germans. It was a bit like a holiday camp on sea, and it was certainly more like a cruise ship than a ferry. BUT, the food was good, the route was helpful and the timings worked well for us. The queue was much better managed than the Stena line one at Kiel on the northbound trip, and breakfast was outstanding. Would we use it again? Yes, probably.
                    Cheers,

                    Mark.

                    www.pologlover.co.uk

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                      Thank you Mark for taking us on board. Those sisters looks like a great ride for everyone.
                      I've noticed that there are other CVF-members that also have been on board lately, perhaps there will be some pictures coming up later.

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                        We had a ride on Color Fantasy on our very first Hurtigruten Trip in 2007, the year when she started her service. It was amazing!
                        You can see an outside picture here: http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/...ld-forum/page3
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                          When Color Line built Color Magic and Color Fantasy, there is little doubt who was the model. The company has borrowed and copied a bunch of details from Royal Caribbeans Voyager and Freedom class ships.
                          The Observation Lounge is a copy of the Viking Crown, The promenade is a compact copy of the bigger RCL ships promenade.
                          Øistein

                          If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you...

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                            Ferry photos from up north again, these first ones shot from a moving car at 2:30 am, using my HTC phone. "Barøy" and "Hamarøy" in Lødingen.

                            "Barøy" og "Hamarøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                            "Barøy", "Hamarøy" og "Lødingen" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                            "Strandebarm" laid up at HaMek in Harstad. Northbound Hurtigrute "Nordkapp" is seen in the background.

                            "Strandebarm" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                            "Stetind" and "Vengsøy" in Tromsø.

                            "Stetind" og "Vengsøy" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

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                              A different kind of Car Ferry seen heading for Johor Strait:

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                                A few photos of the ferry "Lauvstad"

                                "Lauvstad" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                                "Lauvstad" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                                "Lauvstad" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                                "Lauvstad" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                                "Lauvstad" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

                                "Lauvstad" by The Sea-Otter, on Flickr

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