Russia won’t let Hurtigruten sail

Russian authorities have spoiled some exclusive Arctic cruise plans for passengers on board one of the Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten‘s newest vessels, the MS Spitsbergen. After initially seeming to welcome more cruise traffic in Russian waters, the Russians have suddenly denied the vessel entry. “We’d had a good dialogue with Russian authorities for a long […]

Bergen struggles with cruise control

Norway’s west coast city of Bergen set a dubious new record Thursday when 10,445 tourists disembarked from four large cruiseships. “We’re calling this ‘people pollution,’” said one of the leaders of the city government that’s trying to limit cruiseship arrivals. The sudden population increase, equal to more than the entire population of many Norwegian towns, […]

Speculation swirls after cruise tragedy

Speculation and accusations continued to swirl on Friday following a collision on the Danube between a Hungarian sightseeing boat and a river cruise vessel from Norwegian-owned Viking Cruises. The arrest of Viking Cruises’ captain raised more questions, as the search went on for 28 people on the sightseeing boat who are missing and presumed drowned. […]

Hurtigruten to fuel ships with biogas

At a time when climate concerns are putting increasing pressure on the cruise industry, Norway’s coastal fleet Hurtigruten is responding with what it bills as a “record-breaking biogas deal.” It seemed bound to grab headlines after Hurtigruten claimed some of its vessels will soon be fueled with liquified biogas (LGB) made from organic waste including […]

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 […]