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Hurtigruten Contest Seeks Name for New Ship

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Hurtigruten | Theresa Norton | July 28, 2015

Hurtigruten Contest Seeks Name for New Ship

PHOTO: The Atlantida will be renovated before joining the Hurtigruten fleet in fall 2016. (photo by Antonio Camilo, courtesy of Hurtigruten)

Hurtigruten is asking its Facebook fans to help name its newest ship, and the person who comes up with it will get a free cruise.

The new ship, temporarily named MS Norway Explorer, is expected to replace MS Midnatsol in Norway in fall 2016 when that ship moves to Antarctica.

The new name must begin with the letters MS (for motor ship), and it must be a Norwegian word, or word of Norwegian origin, that can be well translated.

Proposals can be submitted on Hurtigruten’s Facebook page before the Aug. 10 deadline. The winner and a companion will be guests of the captain on a sailing aboard the new ship.

The contest already generated more than 150 suggestions on the company’s Facebook page. Among the entries: MS Birkeland after the first Norwegian physicist to record/discover the Northern Lights, MS Trondheim, MS Vintersol, Majesty Nerites after Poseidon’s beloved charioteer, and Lady Marisabel meaning lady of the beautiful sea.

All Hurtigruten ships in the fleet today are named after natural phenomena, such as MS Nordlys (Northern Lights), MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun), and MS Polarlys (Aurora), or for places Hurtigruten sails to or passes, such as MS Finnmarken, MS Vesterålen, MS Nordkapp, MS Trollfjord, and MS Lofoten. And a few are named after important persons such as Norway’s King Harald or Hurtigruten founder Richard With. The proposals for the new ship should work with the current naming structure, the company said.

The new 320-passenger ship was built in Portugal in 2009 and was formerly known as Atlantida. It will undergo a total reconstruction to adapt it for polar waters. The project also will upgrade the cabins, suites and public spaces.

The new ship will operate along Norway’s coast but also could be used in Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland and Antarctica.

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