The successful conversion of an unfinished ferry into a fully-fledged expedition cruise ship, complete with a strengthened hull, added ice class and ducktail to enhance performance and fuel consumption. Essentially a new ship, SPITSBERGEN also features a crisp and stylish interior.
ShipPax write SPITSBERGEN has been awarded for:
- The successful conversion of an unfinished ferry into a fully-fledged expedition cruise ship, complete with a strengthened hull. Essentially a new ship, SPITSBERGEN also features a crisp and stylish interior.
- Owner: Hurtigruten
- Shipyard: Fosen Yard
- Naval Architects: KNUD E. HANSEN/Fosen Yard
- Interior architects: Tillberg Design
The M/V Atlantida, a RoPax that never came into service, is a Premium Explorer Vessel, M/S Spitsbergen, for Hurtigruten AS. The conversion took place at Fosen Yard AS in Norway, and the vessel sailed in 2016. The conversion includes a total refurbishment of the two car decks. Deck 3 has been rearranged into a pallet/zodiac storage area and a crew cabin area, while deck 4 has become a passenger cabin area, with a brand new mooring deck arrangement in the aft part. Deck 5 maintains its public space characteristics, but is undergoing major changes in the main restaurant, reception hall and the forward lounge. Passenger cabins with balconies are being added in the aft part of deck 6, as well as the update of the existing ones and of the forward lounge. Finally, passenger cabins, a sauna and a crew/passenger gym have been added on deck 7, leading to a rearrangement of the whole area.