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    #76
    It's amazing that it's even possible. How many years and how much effort has been put into the work over the years to make Hurtigruten a brand and almost Norways nr. 1 tourist magnet...., and then we are ready to make it possible to destroy the hole thing by giving the route to Veolia, or any other actor. (Yes, I know..., worst case scenario).

    I'm pro contest, but there are some things one should never fool around with, no matter what.

    This is only my first view..., I might change later
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      #77
      it possible to destroy the hole thing by giving the route to Veolia, or any other actor.
      Slapp off (x), Sterkoder, let's see what happens. Don't paint the Old Man on the wall...

      (x) norwegian-english for "take it easy..."
      Regards; Sigve.
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      IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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        #78
        Fighting for survival the way the route is operated today:

        http://www.ht.no/article396186.ece

        Fully possible to use HSC's to operate the Hurtigrute service, according to this article:

        http://www.vol.no/nyheter/article396481.ece
        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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          #79
          So now I am alarmed! Does this mean that Hurtigruten is being bought out by another company?? We're booked on a 11 day voyage, Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim next April...will it still be Hurtigruten at that time? I'd be most unhappy if it were some other group!

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            #80
            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
            Fighting for survival the way the route is operated today:

            http://www.ht.no/article396186.ece

            Fully possible to use HSC's to operate the Hurtigrute service, according to this article:

            http://www.vol.no/nyheter/article396481.ece
            I'm happy that they are talking about the EX. strategic director of Hurtigruten ASA.
            That guy has nothing to do toutching the Coastal Express, and what he say in the interview means just the same as if someone had said: -"Hey, come on..., let us tear down the Chineese Wall.....!!" or -"Paris don't need the Eiffel Tower...., a miniature model would do just as well!".
            I see in the blog below the article there that he answer something like "if we readers really could've read what he said, we would all understand" .
            Yeah, right....
            Last edited by Sterkoder; October 24th, 2010, 22:43.
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              #81
              Originally posted by uppitycats View Post
              So now I am alarmed! Does this mean that Hurtigruten is being bought out by another company?? We're booked on a 11 day voyage, Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim next April...will it still be Hurtigruten at that time? I'd be most unhappy if it were some other group!
              I think you would be very safe for your voyage April next year.

              The new contract will commence when HRG finishes their period, or, they might continue afterwards as well.

              I think 2012 is the start of the new contract.

              PS: April is the absolutely best time to do a roundtrip: from a spring filled Bergen to a still wintery Kirkenes.
              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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                #82
                My question today is a maybe OT.

                But does any of you know what has happened with the website "velgogseil.no"

                Velg og seil was a website to buy cheap random "last minute tickets". My last 4 distance-travels was tickets bought on the "velgogseil"-website.

                But now I can`t connect to this web-site anymore. So now I am worried that I have to travel home this Christmas by train or plane. Because I am not able to byu an expencive Hurtigruten-ticket.

                Is "velgogseil" closed for good ??????????

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                  #83
                  Thank you for the reassurance! I so hope that Hurtigruten keeps in charge of her vessels. We love the cruise line, and hope to make our cruises on Hurtigruten become an annual..or at least biennial..event!

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                    #84
                    Originally posted by HurtigruteMartin View Post
                    My question today is a maybe OT.

                    But does any of you know what has happened with the website "velgogseil.no"

                    Velg og seil was a website to buy cheap random "last minute tickets". My last 4 distance-travels was tickets bought on the "velgogseil"-website.

                    But now I can`t connect to this web-site anymore. So now I am worried that I have to travel home this Christmas by train or plane. Because I am not able to byu an expencive Hurtigruten-ticket.

                    Is "velgogseil" closed for good ??????????
                    I crosschecked some German foren and they confirm, that velgogsail is closed. They write that the special prices should be included now in the normal online-booking-site. There should be a button "velg", which has to be clicked, if the special price is needed. But since there were such a lot of changes, i recommend to spend a phone call....
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                      #85
                      I am so glad that Ralf found some information about this. I couldn’t bear to think of our HurtigruteMartin having to travel by some other means than on hurtigrute this Christmas!

                      Do let us know, Martin, how you eventually get on battling with the web site to find that velg button. (I must admit I haven’t risen to the challenge of trying to find it myself )

                      But I did wonder how much before the date of travel would be considered sufficiently “last minute” for these deals to be available?

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                        #86
                        The future of Hurtigruten:
                        The imminent danger seems to be over, no other companies (than Hurtigruten ASA) has delivered a tender for the new Hurtigruten contract when the deadline came up today. On the other side; Hurtigruten demands the double amount in state subsidiary for the new contract period, running from 2013. THis can be hard to swallow for the Minister of transportation, Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa.
                        Veolia was expected to challenge Hurtigruten, but didn't. The reason why Veolia has not delivered a tender, is that the company will be unable to build a new fleet in time for the new contract periode.

                        http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nordland/1.7372373
                        Regards; Sigve.
                        ---
                        IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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                          #87
                          The reason why Veolia has not delivered a tender, is that the company will be unable to build a new fleet in time for the new contract periode.
                          But for how many years now has it been known that the deal runs out in 2010...?
                          East-European and Asian ship yards seem to spit out ship hulls faster than we change underwear, so I don't belive that is the real reason.

                          For me the real reason must be that they finally came to the same conclution as many others; they (Veolia) could never have come close to offer what Hurtigruten does today, touristwise.
                          They would,ve built vessels alot smaller, compromising in numbers of passengers and space for cargo...., leading eventually to an economical crash of some sort.

                          Hurtigruten is making their way up from a valley, it's getting better financially, they are a stronger and stronger trademark, and so I don't see why someone would like to "rock the boat" now....., other than to comply with the tender rules of EU.
                          State Road nr. 1 in Norway IS Hurtigruten/Coastal Express. Final.

                          But that's me, not knowing what I'm talking about..., just meaning something
                          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                            #88
                            Oh, I am so glad to hear this! We are very much looking forward to our cruise in April. I tell everyone about how wonderful Hurtigruten is, every chance I get. I hope more and more people move away from the huge mega-cruise lines and find out how satisfying a small cruise ship experience can be. Here in the US several small lines have closed down. We used to have several companies cruising our rivers, but I think only one exists today, and it is priced well above what Hurtigruten charges.

                            Thank you for the news update!

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                              #89
                              Here is the official note from www.newsweb.no:

                              08.11.2010 15:15

                              Public procurement tender for the Bergen-Kirkenes coastal service

                              Today, the Ministry of Transportation announced the bids for the new 8-year contract with the government - and Hurtigruten ASA was the sole bidder.

                              As requested in the tender documents, we bid for three different alternatives with the following amounts (all in 2011-values to be adjusted on an annual basis):
                              1. Alternative 1 with daily sailings; NOK 750 million
                              2. Alternative 2 with daily sailings during summer and five sailings per week during winter: NOK 730 million
                              3. Alternative 3 with five sailings every week all year round: NOK 580 million

                              Today, we receive some NOK 380 million each year from the government. The government has reserved the right, if there was limited competition, to enter into negotiations with the sole bidder. The existing contract lasts until (at the latest), December 31, 2012, but the government is free to start the new contract sooner.
                              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                                #90
                                HRG also reports a successful third quarter 2010 with an expected cruise nights record in 2010. Details can be read here:

                                http://www.newsweb.no/newsweb/search...ssageId=270582
                                Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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