Cruise calls decline in Oslo this summer

As summery weather settled over much of southern Norway during the weekend, it seemed only natural to see cruiseships sailing into Oslo as well. A total of 81 cruiseships are now expected to call at Oslo this summer, but that’s a sharp declne from recent years. News bureau NTB reported far fewer cruiseships will be tying up […]

Bergen mayor charged with corruption

Trude Drevland, the outgoing mayor of Bergen, was charged with corruption on Friday as was the chief of Bergen’s harbour authority, Inge Tangerås. The charges climax a dramatic year for both the city and Drevland, who’s been on leave since police reopened their corruption investigation. At issue is whether Drevland and Tangerås misused their positions when […]

Fewer cruiseships call at Oslo

Higher fuel taxes plus high port pilot- and security fees in Oslo have resulted in a marked decline in the number of cruiseships visiting the Norwegian capital this summer. Many of the ships coming, though, are larger, offsetting the decline in cruise passengers. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that 105 ships with 205,000 passengers on board will call at […]

Hurtigruten sails towards profits

For the first time in a decade, Norway’s coastal voyage line Hurtigruten would have logged a black bottom line if it hadn’t been for some high one-time costs tied to its acquisition and delisting as a public traded company. Company officials are pleased, and expect more operating profits ahead. “We’re super-satisfied,” Hurtigruten boss Daniel Skjeldam told […]

Grounded cruiseship freed itself

The grounding on Saturday of a cruiseship off scenic Lofoten in Northern Norway was never considered very dramatic and many of its passengers used the unscheduled stop for some extra sightseeing, reports news bureau NTB. The vessel Marco Polo had 1,096 people on board when it got stuck in a sandbank off Gravdal in Lofoten. […]

A touch of Miami in the heart of Oslo

PHOTO FEATURE: As Oslo sweltered through yet another uncharacteristically hot day on Tuesday, the newly developed area along the fjord at Tjuvholmen took on distinctly un-Norwegian characteristics of its own. Bikinis have replaced bunads this summer as overheated locals throw themselves into the water, while huge cruiseships and lots of pleasure boats loom in the background. […]

Fjordside tourist village evacuated

UPDATED: The village of Geiranger on the World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord was evacuated and searched on Thursday aftenoon, after the coast guard (Kystverket) increased its readiness level to two. The action followed a warning by national police and security authorities that they’d received credible information about a terrorist attack against Norway in the coming days. The […]

Cruise calls drop as port fees rise

Norway’s summer cruise season is already well underway, but the number of cruiseships calling at Oslo will decline for the third year in a row. The cruise lines cite high fees for pilot and harbor services, along with the relatively long passage up the Oslo Fjord. News broke last week that one of the world’s […]

Cruise ship seized over unpaid fees

Norwegian authorities in Ålesund seized one of the world’s largest cruise ships on Thursday as part of a claim for unpaid fees. The Independence of the Seas did not live up to its name when it was placed under arrest until the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line paid the NOK 600,000 (USD 101,000) it owed in […]

More illness on Hurtigruten ship

Another serious bout of tummy trouble broke out on board a vessel in the Norwegian coastal Hurtigruten shipping line this week. State broadcaster NRK reported that the vessel was heading into Bergen on Wednesday to be disinfected. Both passengers and crew on board the vessel Richard With have suffered from a digestive ailment, confirmed Stein Lillebo […]