MV Voyager

The 2015 cruise ship season in Bergen has now started to pick up pace, marked by a weekend with 4 ships calling. On Friday, Voyages of Discovery's MV Voyager was in the city.

I was lucky enough to go on board Voyager to be shown around her interiors. The full tour will be added soon. The following photos were taken of her alongside at Bontelabo, and of her departure later in the afternoon.

Voyages of Discovery cruise ship MV Voyager in Bergen, Norway
MV Voyager alongside at Bontelabo, Bergen
With a length of 152m and a gross tonnage of 15,400 she carries just 540 passengers.

Voyages of Discovery cruise ship MV Voyager in Bergen, Norway
Stores are taken on board for the final leg of the voyage
Laid down in 1988 and completed in 1990, Voyager has had a long and varied career. After several years sailing for cruise lines in the US, and a stint with Cunard, she was bought for use as a casino ship, sailing short gambling cruises from Singapore, and later Hong Kong.

Voyages of Discovery cruise ship MV Voyager in Bergen, Norway
Voyager's smart superstructure contrasts with the clear blue sky
Following a period of uncertainty she underwent a major refurbishment and reentered service as a fully-fledged cruise ship as Alexander Von Humboldt for German-based Phoenix Reisen. Sadly this was short lived, and she found herself laid up and searching a new owner.

Voyages of Discovery cruise ship MV Voyager in Bergen, Norway
Passengers disembarked via a short gangway
Finally, in 2012, she began sailing again, now as Voyager, for specialist cruise line Voyages of Discovery. Having been on board to take a look around, I can see that she is being well looked after by her current owners, and I hope she has many years of successful service ahead of her.

Voyages of Discovery cruise ship MV Voyager in Bergen, Norway
Voyager seen departing Bergen, with Teisten (the Bergen-Kleppestø ferry) in the foreground
Voyages of Discovery cruise ship MV Voyager in Bergen, Norway
Voyager seen from the bathing platform at the tip of Nordnes
Voyages of Discovery cruise ship MV Voyager in Bergen, Norway
Voyager sails out through byfjorden and into the North Sea
Passengers on board Voyager were lucky to see Bergen on a fantastic sunny afternoon (especially as they had encountered some serious storms earlier in the cruise in the north of Norway). After passing the Nordnes peninsula she headed out towards the north sea to return to the UK.

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