The M/V Atlantida, a RoPax that never came into service, is under conversion into a Premium Explorer Vessel, M/S Spitsbergen, for Hurtigruten AS. The conversion is taking place at Fosen Yard AS in Norway, and the vessel is expected to begin sailing in June 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.
SPITSBERGEN Won the Shipax Award 2017 and 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.
Shipyard: Fosen Yard
Naval Architects: Knud E. Hansen/Fosen Yard
Interior architects: Tillberg Design