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    It started with a great day

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is the story of one of the best days I ever had, while working onboard of the cruise-ship M/S Vistafjord.
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    Fondest memory: It started with the idea of our captain, to go into a Fjord, normally not being on any cruiseship's route...

    Spitzbergen - M/S Vistafjord in Kongsfjord
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    Great ice-berg-formations

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Icebergs came in so many different formations
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    Fondest memory: It looks like a rather small Iceberg, but first of all just 10% of its size is to be seen on top of the sea-level.

    And besides THIS iceberg was about 10 meters wide above sea-level

    On the next pic you will see M/S Vistafjord hitting this iceberg with its stem

    Iceberg in Svalbard / Spitzbergen
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    Plenty of boats-men watching the water

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Of these Fjords sea-charts are not available, as the cruise-ships normally go somewhere else
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    Fondest memory: So some members of the nautical staff are watching out for any kind of danger like rocks or other things beeing visible from the very stem of the ship.
    And they have a steady connection by walky-talky ( NO cellphones at that time in 1979 !! )

    M/S Vistfajord in Kongsfjord / Svalbard
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    the only waves were made by our ship

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The only waves were made by our ship, while cruising with minimum-speed into the fjord
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    Fondest memory: and so the ship moved tenderly up and down and up .....

    ...BUT NOT DOWN ANYMORE !!!

    M/S Vistfjord stuck on a sandbank in Svalbard 1979
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    Stuck on a sandbank - with a view ;-))

    by globetrott Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: What a great place to strand the ship, with plenty of great landscape around the ship...
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    Fondest memory: I guess the captain was not so very happy, but for the crew and many passengers it was a wonderful adventure...

    ...and the adventure had just started, when we ran aground !

    M/S Vistafjord in Kongsfjord / Svalbard
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    trying to get out again by ourselves

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It was a first attempt to simply lower our tender-boats.
    They look rather small on this pic but they each have a capacity of more than 100 passengers seated

    And they have 2 really strong engines for high-speed tenderservice in small ports
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    Fondest memory: ...BUT, M/S Vistafjord did not move at all

    M/S Vistafjord - Save our ship - 1st try
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    almost like in a James Bond Movie

    by globetrott Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Sysselman is the representative of the norwegian Governement in Svalbard, he is police-officer, chancelor and lord major in one person
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    Fondest memory: And so he came onboard, simply landing his own helicopter on the Lido-deck of our cruise-ship

    Helicopter onboard of  Vistafjord in Kongsfjord
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    Time went by - and the ebb began

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Slowly the ebb began, and the difference of the water-level is there about 1 meter
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    Fondest memory: By the lower sea-level M/S Vistafjord drifted deeper into the sandbank and as these banks are never just flat, it was a danger the ship would bend to one side...

    ...therefore the tenders had to stabilize the ship for about 4 hours by tearing it full-speed towards one direction, otherwise it might have fallen to the other side...

    M/S Vistafjord in Svalbard
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    The size of the ropes

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Strong ropes were necessary and nobody would believe these 4 small ships would be able to hold the large cruise-ship
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    Fondest memory: these boats added a lot of fog and bad smell to the lovely landscape, running full-speed all the time

    M/S Vistafjord saved by tenders in Spitzbergen
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    It finally worked

    by globetrott Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: A long rope had to be used, so the ships were not too close to each other
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    Fondest memory: Ships have to show certain security-papers in every port.
    These papers expire in an accident like that one, and so we had been forced to return to Longyearbyen to make a security-check by marine-divers, examining the underwater-ship completely

    Lets tear our M/S Vistafjord
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    Lots of troubles afterwards

    by globetrott Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Lots of troubles afterwards :
    The captain lost his job as a captain , but was working in another department for the company lateron.

    The passengers got back a lot of their money, as we had to go back directely to Hamburg for repairs and did not visit any other port than just Geiranger
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    Fondest memory: The consequences for the crew ??
    ...2 extra days off in Hamburg, staying overnight...

    As I said in the beginning - one of my best adventures onboard...

    M/S Vistafjord in Svalbard
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    The Svalbard - Sysselman landing by helicopter

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Well, finally the ship had to ask for help and sent a radio-message to Longyearbyen, Svalbard's capital
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    Fondest memory: A ship needed 8 hours from Longyearbyen to get to our cruise-ship

    The Sysselman of Svalbard arriving by helicopter
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    lets wait for the tug-boat

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At least waiting for the tug-boat took place in this wonderful landscape
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    Fondest memory: There were announcements of course, telling the people that a tug-boat was on the way to rescue us

    M/S Vistafjord on the rocks in Svalbard
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    finally - the tug-boat

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Finally the tug-boat came and it took 2 attempts to take us out
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    Fondest memory: Don't ask me how much money that tug-boat finally was for our shipping company.
    The ship itself, 3 men onboard, diesel for 8 hours one-way...

    the rescue tug-boat for M/S Vistafjord
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    What a wonderful landscape !

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The weather was a bit foggy, but we really did not care at all, the sight was fine anyway
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    Fondest memory: There was absolutely NO wind, and really perfect weather conditions will seldom be found, when cruising the remote islands of Svalbard / Spitzbergen

    Spitzbergen - M/S Vistafjord in Kongsfjord
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