Cruise passengers under evacuation

UPDATED: One by one, horrified passengers were evacuated by helicopter from the cruise ship Viking Sky which was hit by engine failure in stormy seas just off Norway’s West coast on Saturday. Despite several hours of rescue efforts, only around 140 passengers had been brought to safety by 10 PM, while well over 1000 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 […]

Calls rise to limit cruiseship arrivals

Increasingly fierce opposition to the numbers of large cruiseships docking in Norway in recent years is finally being heard. Officials in Bergen, Norway’s busiest cruise destination, are now asking the state for permission to limit the number of cruiseships to three per day, in an effort to control the hordes of tourists who’ve been inundating […]

Hurtigruten takes over shipyard

Hurtigruten, which runs Norway’s famed coastal voyages along with cruises worldwide, has taken over full ownership of the financially troubled Kleven Verft shipyard company, which operates yards in Ulsteinvik and Myklebust. Hurtigruten’s goal is to make sure the vessels it has on order at the yard actually get built. Hurtigruten is taking over the stakes […]

New Hurtigruten delivery delayed

Norway’s popular coastal voyage line Hurtigruten has had to cancel several cruises on its new flagship, the MS Roald Amundsen, because its delivery from the shipyard has been delayed. Hurtigruten also has to refund thousands of tickets already sold and compensate would-be passengers who won’t be able to cruise this fall after all. The new […]

Hurtigruten bails out its shipyard

Norway’s coastal voyage company Hurtigruten AS and the investors behind it have helped recapitalize the Kleven Verft shipyard in Ulsteinvik, collectively providing NOK 300 million in fresh capital. The company currently has ultra-modern hybrid vessels on order at the yard, and neither Hurtigruten nor its owners wanted to risk any delivery delays or additional costs. […]

Hurtigruten fights for its name, routes

UPDATED: Billed as the world’s most beautiful voyage, ships in the line known as Hurtigruten have plied Norway’s scenic coastline since 1893. Now the state, under pressure from EU competition authorities, intends to break up the 11-day round-trip routes running continually between Bergen and Kirkenes into three “packages” that would be open to bidding from […]

Cruiseships face fjord restrictions

The Norwegian government intends to impose stricter requirements on cruiseships entering the country’s famous fjords. After years of concerns about emissions that pollute both the air and the fjords themselves, nearly half of those now sailing in may be banned from 2019. “Our World Heritage fjords are an enormous resource,” Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said […]

Bergen’s ‘Bryggen’ mulls an entry fee

Norway’s tourist boom has left the historic Bryggen wharf area in Bergen so overrun with visitors during the summer months that its owners are pondering new crowd control measures. Among them is imposition of an entry fee, especially for cruiseship passengers. Local newspaper BA reported Friday that the foundation operating the wharf from the Hanseatic age has found […]

Former Bergen mayor cleared

Trude Drevland, the once-high-profile mayor of Bergen, won’t be indicted on corruption charges after all. Nor will Bergen’s former harbour director, Inge Tangerås, or the shipowner who was alleged to have bribed them both in connection with the launch of his new Bergen-based cruiseship. Drevland was forced to leave office and politics and Tangerås was suspended […]