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    Originally posted by Seagull View Post
    Well, I’ve been all day preparing my photos from my one day aboard Vesterålen! – Captain’s specially requested interiors included– but I haven’t finished yet, so it’s taking me longer than the time I was actually there!!! But the ship tour should be ready for you sometime tomorrow, I hope . . .
    Absolutely no rush....
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      Visiting Vesterålen – one day aboard a mid-generation ship

      Only one day! - well, maybe just a few other sightings of the ship to start with, before I take you onboard!

      In Rørvik, 21 June 2003

      Several views in Harstad, 27 June 2003:-

      The distinctive stern of the mid-generation ship, taken from aboard Trollfjord.

      More recent, but still in OVDS livery – departing Bodø, 6 April 2006.



        Now with the Hurtigruten H, (and a radome on top of the false funnel) my most recent photos of Vesterålen taken as she passed Nordstjernen on 6 July 2009.



          Welcome onboard!!!!!!

          At the beginning of the year 2004, I had already made a booking for Antarctica on Nordnorge for the following year, and the economics of this was sure to result in a considerable reduction in my trips to Norway. (The “gap” actually turned out to be two years and two months – a duration which now seems like extreme deprivation!) So following university commitments in Sweden in January 2004, I tagged on time in Norway where, as an only recently converted Hurtigruten fanatic, I was keen to experience as many ships as I possibly could. After much study of the schedule, I actually managed to make it a five-ship trip! Thus I invented a new word – “hurtigruting”!!!!
          I would only be aboard Vesterålen as a day passenger, travelling southbound from Trondheim to Ålesund on the 29th of January 2004. My photo collection therefore has no cabin views, and my exploration of the ship was interspersed with watching the passing scene. Nevertheless I seem to have made the most of my opportunity to photograph the ship!

          The Reception Desk is situated on Deck C.

          Well, starting at reception is certainly obvious enough, but a logical sightseeing route around the ship is less so. The mid generation ships can seem confusing in their layout – there are lots of stairs and changes of levels, outside as well in – the gap at Deck F level for example. It can require some thought – or luck – to find routes between places, and in the winter with icy decks this can become even more challenging.



            9am in Trondheim, and long before I took those photos in the reception area, I was already aboard and starting to explore the decks.

            Deck F port side looking forward.

            Door to the Bridge.



              Deck E starboard looking aft towards the funnel.

              . . . so I had found my way to the “sun deck” part of Deck F . . .

              . . . .though clearly this was not a recommended route!

              But by early afternoon the sun deck was actually living up to its name and the ice had melted.

              The “false funnel” on the port side.

              Deck E



                Well, I am clearly not showing you these photographs in the order taken, so we can make our own choices, and enjoying some coffee in the cafeteria seems appropriate!

                The entrance, opposite the restaurant on Deck D.

                The view in the opposite direction with the shop on the left of the photo.

                It is at the aft end of the cafeteria that things start to get a bit complicated, especially when trying to recollect the differences between the mid-generation ships. (Moreover, at this point in time aboard Vesterålen, I had still to go on Narvik, but had already travelled on the old Midnatsol as Midnatsol II.)

                I think there was a television here on Midnatsol II, a childrens play area divided off, and the “sleeperette” place was somewhere around here too.

                On Vesterålen, as on Narvik, there was an inner smoking room, (at one time the shop according to some deck plans I’ve seen) and curving round it a ramp like corridor leading to some cabins and the aft lounge.



                  From this corridor one has a glimpse of a crew area, rather more appealing than its Midnatsol II equivalent.

                  And while on the subject of crew areas, I must show you this:-

                  Continuing past some cabins, I caught a glimpse of the conference rooms.

                  The aft lounge can be glimpsed through the glass windows. But that is all I am able to show you of “Vesterålstuen”, for it remained securely locked and not in use –January’s few passengers being the reason I suppose.


                    So let us return to the forward area of this deck D to take a look at the restaurant, which I think of as being the most attractive and cosy one of the three ships.

                    A painting by Jan Harr hangs in the restaurant.

                    This woodcut of Trollfjord is displayed near the restaurant entrance and is similar to others on various Hurtigruten ships. For some strange reason I have found them tricky to focus on and photograph satisfactorily, but this is actually my best result.



                      Ascending the stairs from outside the restaurant, we reach Deck E where the forward lounge “Trollfjorden” is situated.

                      The large painting is Den Gamle Tid by Ole Abrahamson.

                      A corner of the lounge.

                      There were a number of plaques displayed in the lounge; Namsos was my favourite.



                        It was after taking these photos in the lounge that I discovered it was possible to use a door near the entrance to access the deck.

                        This provided a welcome opportunity to photograph the foredeck below.

                        Returning through Trollfjorden, there is more artwork to admire on the stairs.

                        This one is Sommerlandet by Ellen Lenvik.



                          Access to the Panorama Lounge “Fyret” on Deck G is by using the lift.

                          My panorama of the Panorama lounge!

                          Some of the art displayed here:-



                            This was called Steinflora . . .

                            . . . and information about the type, colour and source of the collage’s constituent stones was available.

                            Whilst I have found myself likening the panorama lounges of the mid-generation ships to portacabins dumped on top of the ships, and there is something a bit like sitting on a bus about them, "Fyret" was a pleasant solitary retreat on a day like this, catching the afternoon sunlight.



                              The stairs at the other end of the lounge are actually those in the middle of the ship and will bring us back to the shop end of the cafeteria. Some fine lithographs by Jan Harr can be seen on the stair landings.



                              So that concludes our tour of Vesterålen. . .
                              . . . but not before we remember to step outside to photograph this:-

                              I was going to leave you with this nice view in Kristiansund. . .

                              . . . when I remembered that when I had finally disembarked in Ålesund, I had taken a last photo of the ship from my room at the Scandic Hotel.

                              As time goes by, the quirks and oddities of the mid generation ships become more appealing. There is for sure a certain comfortable shabby cosiness about Vesterålen – rather like some clothes, a familiar favourite old woolly jumper perhaps, that one is reluctant to replace.
                              Perhaps this is a ship to include in my next bit of “hurtigruting” . . . and perhaps it will be for far more than just a single day.


                                A stunning report from the only surviving mid-generation ship!

                                So many memories are brought forward when seeing these images. The decor now seems much more modern and more thought through than when she entered service. Back then, the decor was much more minimalistic and lacked a lot of the warmth shown in these images.

                                PS: I do also remember the icy and slippery teak decks leading passed the cargo hatch up on deck. Wonder how many people have actually fallen there...

                                Also, the room with the quarter-circle windows all the way aft in the cafeteria used to be a youth-room before, with drawings from children of the coast.
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
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                                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.