Norwegian explorer company Hurtigruten has today announced the setting for the much-anticipated christening of its new ship, MS Spitsbergen. Scheduled to take place on July 6th, the ceremony will see the new explorer ship christened under one of Norway’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, the midnight sun, for the first time in history.
Norwegian explorer cruise company, Hurtigruten, has announced its newest ship will be named ‘MS Spitsbergen’ after the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago. This very northernmost part of Norway is also where, in 1896, Hurtigruten’s founder Richard With first started explorer tourism in the Arctic. The name was chosen following a competition in which more than 15,000 suggestions were submitted from all over the world.
Two passengers have been killed following a blaze on board MS Nordlys in Norway. Some 262 people are believed to have been on board the Hurtigruten ASA operated vessel when it caught fire off the coast of the country earlier, with at least nine further people injured.