A Norwegian cruise company has been refused entry to Russian waters above the Arctic circle just two weeks before sailing. The Hurtigruten expedition ship MS Spitsbergen had been due to sail from Tromsø in northern Norway to Murmansk via Franz Josef Land, a remote Russian archipelago inhabited only by Russian military. (forbes.com)
Hurtigruten has appointed Storm Tussey-Haverly as Vice President of Marketing to lead the Seattle-based marketing team. Tussey-Haverly brings international branding, as well as digital, e-commerce, and direct marketing expertise to Hurtigruten’s growing team of seasoned leaders.
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Hybrid powered expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen continues to make history – as Hurtigruten announces the first ever ship naming ceremony in Antarctica. Instead of the traditional bottle of champagne, MS Roald Amundsen’s explorer heritage will be honored by naming the vessel with a chunk of ice.
Expedition cruise line Hurtigruten has been forced to delay the maiden voyage of its new ship Roald Amundsen due to unfinished onboard interior work. The world’s first hybrid-powered ship was due to set sail from Hamburg tomorrow with passengers onboard, but will instead leave from Tromso, in Norway, on Tuesday (July 2). Roald Amundsen will skip various ports of call in southern Norway as well as sea days in order to get the work completed. (cruisecritic.co.uk)
The Hurtigruten Foundation grants funds to projects, communities and organizations. Among them projects working to conserving the polar bear population, preserving the shores of South Georgia, recycling plastic in the Philippines, growing fresh vegetables in the high Arctic, rescuing dogs, and more. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Hurtigruten has appointed John Downey as President for the Americas, based in its Seattle regional headquarters.Downey will be responsible for Hurtigruten’s commercial growth strategy in collaboration with the company’s senior leadership team, the company said. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Høglund, the leading global marine solutions and system integration expert, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver biogas-ready fuel-gas supply systems (FGSS) for six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits.
Hurtigruten will offer its guests healthier food options with a new strategic partnership with EAT Foundation set to reduce food waste and expand menus, giving guests the opportunity to choose more plant-based cuisine, the company announced. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Hurtigruten’s Loften is celebrating 55 years today (March 5, 2019) since the ship launched service from Bergen in 1964. During these 55 years, the ship has sailed approx. 4.3 million nautical miles or 8 million kilometers. According to Hurtigruten, the original Burmeister & Wain main engine has passed a record 325,000 operating hours. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Hurtigruten reports that it is planning an extensive renovation project that will transform the MS Finnmarken into a premium expedition cruise ship. The refurb is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, after which the ship will sail itineraries along the Norwegian coastline. (travelagentcentral.com)
Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen is nearing completion at Kleven Yard. This weekend the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship completed her first sea trials in the fjords along the western coast of Norway.