Hurtigruten’s latest ship was christened on July 6 in a special ceremony at Svolvaer, Norway.
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MS SPITSBERGEN. Courtesy of Hurtigruten.
Hurtigruten welcomed its 14th ship, the MS SPITSBERGEN in Svolvaer, Norway with a gala christening ceremony. On July 6, at 8:00 PM, Godmother Cecilie Skog, a renowned explorer who has taken part in expeditions to both poles and Mt. Everest, sent a bottle of champagne into the ship’s bow. Two other Hurtigruten vessels, the RICHARD WITH and MIDNATSOL joined the SPITSBERGEN in Svolvaer harbor. After the ceremony, which was witnessed by thousands of spectators, there was a concert by the band Violet Road.
The 243-berth, 7,344-gt SPITSBERGEN will serve a dual role as a coastal express liner on the Hurtigruten run and polar cruising expeditions.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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