US law firm sues after cruise drama

An American law firm is mounting a class-action suit against Norwegian shipowner Torstein Hagen’s Viking Ocean cruise line and all its affiliated companies. It claims the cruise line knowingly and intentionally sailed right into a severe storm off the country’s northwest coast earlier this year, putting passengers in danger. Norway’s state accident investigations board (Havarikomisjonen) […]

Cruise line donates to rescue service

Viking Cruises, which operates the cruiseship Viking Sky that landed in a major maritime drama last month, is donating NOK 1 million (USD 117,000) to Norway’s humanitarian organization aimed at saving lives at sea. It was among those responding after the cruiseship lost power and nearly grounded in stormy seas on March 23. The donation […]

Low oil pressure blamed for ship’s stall

Norway’s maritime directorate has determined that low oil pressure caused all four engines on the ill-fated cruiseship Viking Sky to stall last Saturday, leaving it adrift and dangerously close to grounding in stormy seas with nearly 1,400 people on board.  “The level of lubricating oil in the tanks was within limits but relatively low when […]

Shipowner scorned for avoiding taxes

Just days after the Viking Sky cruiseship ran into serious trouble in a storm off the Norwegian coast over the weekend, a new storm is blowing around the cruiseline’s billionaire founder Torstein Hagen. Critics point to how he’s avoided paying taxes to his native Norway for years, only to benefit greatly from the massive, taxpayer-financed […]

Investigation begins into cruise drama

Norway’s accident investigations board and the maritime directorate have already launched a probe into why all four engines stalled on the relatively new cruiseship Viking Sky while it was crossing a stormy stretch of sea off the West Coast. Questions are also flying as to why the cruiseship, with nearly 1,400 people on board, kept […]

Rescue operation wins tributes

Grateful passengers couldn’t seem to praise Norwegian search and rescue efforts enough on Sunday, after the dramatic near-grounding of their cruiseship in a major storm on Saturday. As one man put it, “I didn’t see much of the Northern Lights, but I met the Norwegian people.” Hui Boon Tan gave a lengthy, articulate and heartfelt […]

Storm cancelled ‘Skreifiske’

The weather was so bad off the Norwegian coast on Saturday that one of the world’s largest fishing contests, Skreifiske, had to be cancelled. It was simply too dangerous for the fishing boats to head out to sea. High waves and strong wind made for a bad combination. Organizers had little choice but to cancel […]

Stricken cruiseship nearly grounded

The drama on high seas off Norway this weekend narrowly avoided turning into utter tragedy. Maritime experts believe the cruiseship Viking Sky with 1,373 people on board was only 100 meters away from grounding on rocks in a notorious bay off Romsdal. The vessel sent out Mayday messages around 2pm Saturday, reporting that it was in […]

Cruise passengers’ dramatic evacuation

UPDATED: One by one, horrified passengers were being evacuated by helicopter from the cruiseship Viking Sky after it was hit by engine failure in stormy seas just off Norway’s West Coast on Saturday. Despite several hours of rescue efforts, only around 160 passengers had been brought to safety by midnight, while around 1,100 people remained […]

Hurtiguten’s hybrid ships take form

After shipbuilding challenges and lengthy delays that forced cancellation of 10 cruises in the Antarctic, Norway’s coastal voyage line Hurtigruten offered a peek this week at its new hybrid cruiseships, the first of their kind in the world. If all goes well now, the MS Roald Amundsen will start sailing this spring. “With this ship […]