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Hurtigruten's 'Name Our Newest Ship' Facebook Contest Results Are In

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Hurtigruten | September 08, 2015

Hurtigruten's 'Name Our Newest Ship' Facebook Contest Results Are In

PHOTO: The Norway Explorer will now be known as the MS Spitsbergen. (courtesy Hurtigruten)

Norway-based exploration cruise line Hurtigruten has announced the winning name in its “Name our Newest Ship” Facebook contest – the MS Spitsbergen. Spitsbergen is the largest island in Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago, located above the Arctic Circle. The name was chosen from more than 15,000 name suggestions, submitted from around the world since July. The winner of the naming contest is Erlend Baldersheim from the village of Baldersheim, close to Bergen, Norway. He and a friend will be guests of the captain on a special sailing aboard the new ship.

“We had many great name suggestions, but we found MS Spitsbergen to be especially appropriate as it ties together our long history of polar exploration with our vision for a modern-day Hurtigruten,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. “As early as 1896, Hurtigruten founder and tourism entrepreneur Richard With, built a hotel in Spitsbergen and established sailings there from Hammerfest. Having built on this heritage of exploration, today we are proud to be a world-leader in nature-based experiences and expedition travel along the Norwegian coast, in the waters around Antarctica, and in the Arctic.”

The MS Spitsbergen will sail on Hurtigruten’s Coastal Voyage, the route along Norway’s western coast, and will replace the MS Midnatsol as she will become the company’s second ship in Antarctica during the 2016-2017 season. After its first season in Norway, the MS Spitsbergen will alternate between the coast and polar expeditions. The ship has 180 berths with a total capacity for 320 guests. Stylish cabins and modern common areas make it possible to experience the spectacular scenery in comfortable surroundings.

About the New Ship

Hurtigruten’s newest ship is modern and environmentally friendly, with the size and maneuverability that make it possible to get even closer to nature experiences. The ship can also be used beyond Norway’s coast for voyages to Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland and Antarctica.

Hurtigruten has been operating the original Norwegian coastal route since 1893. The company’s coastal fleet of 11 ships brings goods, local passengers and tourists to 34 ports between Bergen and Kirkenes – every day of the year. Hurtigruten’s explorer ship, the MS Fram, sails to the remote destinations of Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland.

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