MARCO POLO Aground In Northern Norway

MARCO POLO aground near Gravdal in northern Norway, November 1, 2014. Photo provided by Royal Norwegian Air Force.
A Norwegian coast guard vessel arrived in Gravdal, northern Norway, today to assist the grounded 1965-built, 22,080 gt liner MARCO POLO.  The ship, with some 800 mostly British passengers, is said to be undamaged and no injuries were reported.  A pilot was on board MARCO POLO and two tugboats were attempting to free the ship by pushing from starboard.  The passengers have left the vessel to take part in their planned excursions.

MARCO POLO is chartered by Britain-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages and was originally Baltic Shipping Company’s ALEXANDR PUSHKIN, built to cross from Leningrad via Bremerhaven and London (Tilbury) to Montreal.  It was reported that the same ship previously ran aground in a nearby archipelago in March 2013.

For a sampling of what life is like aboard the classic MARCO POLO, check out Peter Knego’s

MARCO POLO Cruises In The Wake Of Triumph and Tragedy

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