MS Spitsbergen accidents and incidents

MS Spitsbergen cruise ship

Former names
MS Atlantida (ferry ship)

Length (LOA)
101 m / 331 ft

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August 2019Other 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").

Date / TimePort
29 AugDeparting from Tromso, Norway
30 AugHammerfest, Norway
31 AugMurmansk, Russia
01-02 SepAt Sea
03-04-05-06-07 SepFranz Josef Land, Russia
08-09 SepBarents Sea
10 SepMurmansk, Russia
11 SepSkarsvag (Mageroya Island, Norway)
12 SepArriving in Tromso, Norway

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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