Cruise-ferries ‘welcome competition’

Cruise-ferry lines in Norway that run to Germany, Denmark and Sweden claim they welcome competition from a new player that announced its entry into the market this week. The recently formed Holland Norway Lines has launched plans to sail between Norway’s southern city of Kristiansand and Eemshaven in the Netherlands next spring. “Competition is good […]

Hurtigruten ran into trouble again

UPDATED: Norway’s coastal shipping line Hurtigruten, tarnished by its failure to reveal Corona infection on board some of its ships last year, sailed into more trouble during the night but avoided running aground. Its MS Kong Harald lost engine power in the middle of a notoriously stormy area with rough seas, setting off a massive […]

Stavanger cuts back on cruising

Tourism-related businesses demonstrated in downtown Stavanger this week against the city’s decision to limit the number of cruiseships to 200 a year. They fear large revenue losses, while many local residents won’t miss the huge vessels at all. “Residents have for a long time been very dissatisfied that huge floating residential buildings come sailing in […]

Color Line lays off 400 more

The Norwegian cruise-ferry company Color Line has confirmed that it’s laying off another 400 workers on board its two vessels sailing between Oslo and Kiel in Germany. That brings the total number of laid-off Color Line employees to around 1,000. The Color Fantasy will be laid up from November 4 and until the Corona virus […]

Hurtigruten service cut even more

Norway’s deeply troubled coastal shipping line Hurtigruten has already cut service from 11 to just two ships sailing between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north. Now the state transport ministry is cutting the route further, to only serve ports between Kirkenes and Bodø, meaning there won’t be any calls at 13 ports […]

Police extend Hurtigruten probe

Police in Tromsø say they’ll need another few weeks to conclude their criminal investigation into how management of the shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten handled a Corona virus outbreak on board a cruise to Svalbard in July. Crew members have later claimed the company put their lives in danger, and fully 71 of the ship’s […]

Government angry with Hurtigruten

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has joined many others who are frustrated and angry with Norwegian cruise and shipping line Hurtigruten, which is supposed to make daily calls at small ports all along the Norwegian coast. On Friday the crisis-ridden company announced it had to cut back to just two ships on its coastal route, after […]

Hurtigruten boss survives disgrace

Quarantine rules weren’t followed, suspected cases of the Corona virus weren’t followed up and crew members felt their lives were in danger but were afraid to speak out. The board of Norway’s publicly disgraced Hurtigruten cruise and shipping line nonetheless claims it still has confidence in CEO Daniel Skjeldam, and that both he and the […]

Hurtigruten claims millions in state aid

Norway’s deeply troubled shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten reportedly expects to receive more than NOK 300 million in state aid, to compensate it for cancelled cruises during the Corona pandemic. The line’s management, meanwhile, has gone along with state demands that it no longer use one of its ships as a floating hotel on which crew […]

Hurtigruten in more trouble

Norwegian Trade Minister Iselin Nybø claims shipping line Hurtigruten has broken Norwegian law by using one of its laid-up ships as a floating hotel and staffing it with low-paid workers from the Philippines, who have neither residence nor working permission in Norway. The vessel MS Fridtjof Nansen, which also has had Corona infection on board, […]