MS Spitsbergen accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's MS Spitsbergen cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 320-passenger vessel owned by Hurtigruten. Our MS Spitsbergen accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.
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- renamed from “MV Atlantida” (cruiseferry) in 2016
|August 2019||Other Incidents|
On August 17, 2019, Klassekampen (Norwegian online newspaper) reported that the Hurtigruten's cruise ship Spitsbergen was banned from entering Russia's Arctic waters. The vessel was denied permission to sail into Franz Josef Land - an archipelago consisting of 192 islands and currently inhabited only by military personnel.
The shipowner Hurtigruten had to cannel both scheduled 14-night cruises (Tromso roundtrips) just 2 weeks prior first voyage's departure (Aug 29). The rejection came as Russia built up military bases northeast of Barents Sea and during the planned cruises conducted a major military exercise in the area.
Next table shows the canceled Hurtigruten cruise itinerary (themed as "Norway, Murmansk and Franz Josef Land").
The affected MS Spitsbergen cruise bookings were fully refunded. Ticket prices started at EUR 5,600 pp (double-occupancy cabin rates).
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