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Norwegian Star and Albatros

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After a fantastic summer season in Bergen it was business as usual today, as two of the final cruise ships to call this year were greeted with grey skies and an afternoon of heavy rain.
NORWEGIAN STAR
Alongside at Bontelabo was Norwegian Star. Not a frequent visitor to the city, her arrival brought over 2,300 extra visitors.
Originally laid down as Superstar Libra in 2000, the acquisition of Norwegian Cruise Line by Star Cruises lead to her being transferred during construction and renamed Norwegian Star.
Since entering service in 2001, Norwegian Star's career has not been without incident. Issues with her azipod propulsion system have previously caused delays and cancellations.
Additionally, twice during her career Norwegian Star has suffered minor collisions; once whilst docking in New York, and again in Bermuda when strong winds broke her moorings and caused her to drift into Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas.

MS Nordlys - Photo Tour

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Second in our current series of photo tours aboard the ships in the Hurtigruten fleet is MS Nordlys.

Along with her fleetmates she sails the 11-day round trip from Bergen, calling at 34 ports along the coast of Norway. The route is popular with cruise tourists keen to experience 'the most beautiful voyage in the world', and also serves as a lifeline for many smaller communities in Norway's more isolated north.

Scroll down to see our full photo tour of her passenger decks.

Built in Germany, Nordlys entered service with Hurtigruten in 1994. She has two sister ships; Kong Harald and Richard With. With a tonnage of 11,200 she can carry up to 60 passengers (482 in berths) served by a crew of 55.

EXTERIOR

Along with several of her fleetmates built at around the same time, MS Nordlys is affectionately referred to as one of Hurtigruten's '90s' ships, all of which share a similar design and layout.

With her slightly squat but handsome design she cuts an attractive profil…

MS Midnatsol - Photo Tour

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MS Midnatsol is a combined cruise and freight vessel operated by Hurtigruten. Along with her fleetmates she sails the 11-day round trip from Bergen, calling at 34 ports along the coast of Norway. The route is popular with cruise tourists keen to experience 'the most beautiful voyage in the world', and also serves as a lifeline for many smaller communities in Norway's more isolated north.

Ships in Bergen went on board to tour the interiors of MS Midnatsol. Scroll down to see our full photo tour of this ship.

MS Midnatsol entered service in 2003 following her construction in Rissa, Norway. With a tonnage of 16,140 she is one of the larger ships in the Hurtigruten fleet. She can carry up to 1000 passengers (644 in berths) over her 10 decks.
EXTERIOR
A few photos of Midnatsol's exteriors taken before boarding show her smart profile and clean, modern appearance.
After passing through the terminal building, passengers get a great view of the ship alongside, loading stores and…

Ruby Princess

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This evening Ruby Princess departed Bergen for the final time this season. She passed under the Askøy bridge as she made her way through Byfjorden, giving a fantastic view of her top decks.

Built by Fincantieri in Trieste, Italy in 2008 for Princess Cruises, she is a Grand-Class cruise ship with a number of small modifications.

Their wide navigation bridges and rounded bows make the Grand-Class ships instantly recognisable. The enclosed promenade deck wraps completely around the forward edge of the bow, giving passengers an unusual viewpoint at the front of the ship.

Reader Submission - Azores

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A follower of the blog has kindly sent these pictures of the cruise ship Azores, taken of her departure from Bergen last month.
Azores has had a long and varied career. Just 8 years into her career in July 1956, under her original name of Stockholm, she famously rammed and sank the Italian liner Andrea Doria in heavy north atlantic fog. The collision killed 52 people, and caused significant damage to her own bows in the process.
Stockholm was able to continue to New York under her own power, carrying many of the survivors from Andrea Doria. The incident made headlines worldwide, and remains one of the most discussed maritime disasters of all time.
These photos show her as she is now, following considerable rebuilding over the years. This was her final visit to Bergen this summer. I hope to be able to add a more in-depth photo report of Azores during next season, as she has 4 schedule calls to Bergen in 2015.

Queen Victoria

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Last week Cunard's Queen Victoria called into Bergen for the day. The following photos were taken as she made her departure from the city and passed under the Askøy bridge.

Before her eventual contruction and entry into service in 2007, Queen Victoria had a complicated conception. In 2000, Carnival Corp placed an order with Fincantieri yards in Italy for a vista class cruise ship to be added to the Holland America Line fleet. However, the decision was made that the ship would instead be moved to the Cunard fleet, to be named Queen Victoria.

During construction, it was felt that the new Cunarder should incorporate more of the successful design features from the recently built Queen Mary 2. As such, the hull at Fincantieri was transferred again shortly before completion to the P&O fleet and renamed Arcadia. A new order was placed for the ship which would eventually become Queen Victoria - still a Vista class design, but with several modifications and a slight increase in length.