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Queen Elizabeth

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Cunard's youngest ship, Queen Elizabeth, has called into Bergen several times since she entered service in 2010. The photo below was taken during her visit to the city on 27/07/2013.

Unfortunately this is the only photo I have from this visit. Queen Elizabeth is due into Bergen during August 2015, so I plan to get some better pictures of her then.

In the meantime, you can take a look at our recent photos of her sister ship Queen Victoria, and Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2.


MS Polarlys - Photo Tour

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Take a look around the interiors and open decks of MS Polarlys with our full photo tour,

These pictures were taken whilst she was alongside in Bergen, preparing for the 11-day round trip she operates from the city 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.

EXTERIOR

Polarlys was built in Fosen, Norway, and entered service in 1996. She is one of Hurtigruten's class of six near-sisters, affectionately known as the '90s ships'. With a length of 123m and a gross tonnage of 11,340 she can accommodate 619 passengers, with berths for 473.

Despite her 18 years of service Polarlys is a nicely presented ship, with an attractive, well-balanced profile. Her smart red and black hull makes her instantly recognisable as a member of the Hurtigruten fleet.

Polarlys has a lot in common with her near-sister…

MS Vesterålen - Photo Tour

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One of the more unusual members of the Hurtigruten fleet is MS Vesterålen. She operates on 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.
Take a look inside her passenger decks with this full photo tour.
EXTERIOR

Built in Norway in 1983, Vesterålen has undergone a number of refurbishments during her career, including a substantial rebuilding and extension in Germany in 1989. These have left her with a slightly awkward profile, and a disjointed interior layout. With a gross tonnage of 6,261 she can accommodate up to 510 passengers, with berths for 294.

Vesterålen's sister ships have all since left Hurtigruten, making her a unique member of the fleet. At the time of writing, she is the second-oldest and second-smallest ship operated by Hurtigrute…

Club Med 2 & Grand Mistral

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This update to the archive features new photos of Club Med 2 and Grand Mistral, taken during their visits to the city on 27/07/2013.
CLUB MED 2

With her striking design, Club Med 2 turns heads wherever she sails. Built in France in 1992, her traditional diesel-electric power plant is supplemented by seven computer-operated sails. With a length of 194m, she is one of the largest sailing ships in the world.

Her elegant lines and five enormous masts made for an impressive sight as she made her departure.

GRAND MISTRAL

Built at Chantiers de L'Atlantique in 1999, Grand Mistral was originally named Mistral, and was the first new ship for Festival Cruises. With a gross tonnage of 48,200 she can accommodate 1700 passengers served by a crew of 670. Following the collapse of Festival Cruises in 2004, she was bought by Iberojet (now Iberocruises) and in 2007 took the name Grand Mistral.

In November 2013 (just a few months after these photos were taken), parent company Carnival Corporation mad…

AIDAsol

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As the cruise ship season in Bergen is now over for the year I will be working through the archives and adding more photos and information from the ships I photographed before starting this blog in July this year.

These photos of AIDAsol were taken during her visit on 31/05/2013.

AIDAsol has been a regular visitor to the port over the last two years. She is one of seven Sphinx-class ships operated by the Germany-based AIDA Cruises.

Built in Meyer Werft in 2011, she entered service to meet the rapidly growing demand from the German speaking cruise market. Brightly painted hull motifs and a large glass section in the central superstructure make AIDAsol and her sisters instantly recognisable.

Following a sunny day in the city, AIDAsol pulled away from her berth at Bontelabo and made her way into Byfjorden to continue her cruise.

MS Richard With - Photo Tour

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Next in line in our series of photo tours on board the ships of Hurtigruten is MS Richard With.
Hurtigruten's fleet of cruise ships operates daily departures on 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.
Named after the Captain who founded Hurtigruten in 1893, MS Richard With entered the fleet 100 years after the opening of the coastal express route.

Built in Germany in 1993, she has a tonnage of 11,305 and can carry up to 623 passengers (464 in berths). She is one of the six '90s' ships in the Hurtigruten fleet; a group of near-sister ships with similar designs and passenger facilities.

After passing through check in at the Hurtigruteterminalen, passengers receive a s…