‘Guest’ died after Hurtigruten cruise

Albert and Gaby Facq were among at least four passengers who fell seriously ill with the Corona virus after more than a week of cruising off Britain in March, on Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten’s new expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. The ship’s doctor did not diagnose Albert’s symptoms as Corona-related, however, and Hurtigruten continued to claim as […]

Hurtigruten heads back to Svalbard

Norway’s venerable coastal passenger and cargo shipping line Hurtigruten has won government approval to sail around Svalbard again this summer. Justice Minister Monica Mæland approved the sailings, as long as the smaller expedition ships used for the cruises only take half as many passengers as usual. “Cruise is important for the tourism industry,” Mæland stated, […]

Hurtigruten halts most all sailings

Norway’s famed coastal voyage line known as Hurtigruten has taken 14 of its 16 vessels out of service and cut its weekly sailings between Bergen and Kirkenes to a minimum. An additional 2,600 employees have been laid off, with the shipping line citing “an extraordinary crisis.” Just two weeks after Hurtigruten’s chief executive Daniel Skjeldam […]

Ports turn away cruise passengers

Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger have all begun refusing to allow cruise passengers to disembark, for fear they’ll spread the Corona virus. On Thursday, Norway’s own Hurtigruten passenger and cargo ships were turned away from northern ports as well. “We still don’t have any Corona infection here and we want to keep it that way as […]

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 […]

Crew serenaded Paul Simon on Hurtigruten voyage

Legendary US singer Paul Simon took a holiday voyage on board one of Norway’s famed Hurtigruten coastal vessels last week, the Trollfjord. The crew ended up serenading him on his last night on board on Friday. “It was an honour to have Paul Simon on board,” wrote Hurtigruten officials on the vessel’s own Facebook page. “We can […]

Tourists pay more on Hurtigruten

Officials at Norway’s famed coastal voyage Hurtigruten were being hit by a wave of criticism on Monday over how they set their fares. Passengers from abroad have been charged much more than Norwegians, especially those buying tickets shortly before departure, and tourism experts fear the practice will worsen Norway’s reputation for high prices. It took a couple […]

Hurtigruten places biggest order ever

Norway’s famed coastal shipping line Hurtigruten announced a major fleet renewal and expansion on Thursday, formally placing an order for up to four new passenger and cargo ships at a yard located right on the route it serves. The order was most welcome, at a time when Norwegian shipyards have been struggling because of the downturn in the […]

Murder alarm on Hurtigruten ship

A man who was working on board one of the vessels in Norway’s popular Hurtigruten coastal shipping line was found dead in his cabin Wednesday night. Police are investigating the death as “suspicious,” meaning he may have been murdered. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Thursday morning that police boarded the vessel in Kristiansund Wednesday evening. Police said […]