Travel News: First Hurtigruten Ship To Transit Northwest Passage

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Roald Amundsen Becomes First Hurtigruten Ship To Transit Northwest Passage

Cruise Industry News reports the Roald Amundsen has made history, becoming the first Hurtigruten vessel to completely transit the famed Northwest Passage. The 530-guest hybrid vessel was delivered earlier this year and after transit the Passage recently, is approaching Nome, Alaska.

The voyage started in Kangerlussuaq in Greenland on August 20 and will wrap up in Nome in Alaska, a total distance of 4,128 nautical miles. .”We have been heading in the wake and footprint of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen, who did this voyage more than 100 years ago,” said Captain Kai Albrigtsen, addressing the guests aboard the ship.

Portugal Declares War On Cigarette Butts

EtN reports Portugal introduced a strict law aiming at combating smokers who throw the cigarette butts on the ground in public. The new law that approves measures for the collection and treatment of the tobacco waste enters into force on Wednesday. Whoever throws on the floor will be punished with fines between 27.6 US dollars to 276 US dollars.

As of Wednesday, cigarette butts, cigars or other cigarette containing tobacco products will be treated as urban solid waste and therefore their “disposal in public space” is prohibited. Although the law comes into force on Wednesday, it provides for a “transitional period of one year” to adapt to it, which means that only in September 2020 there will be effective fines.

The new law stipulates that “commercial establishments, namely restaurants and establishments where recreational activities take place and all buildings where smoking is prohibited must have ashtrays and equipment for the disposal of undifferentiated and selective waste produced by its costumers”.

The government shall now establish an incentive system within the Environmental Fund and promote consumer awareness campaigns on the responsible destination of tobacco waste, including cigarettes, cigars or other cigarettes. Regarding the tobacco-producing companies, the new law states that they should promote the use of biodegradable materials in the manufacture of tobacco filters.


Cruise Line Attempts World’s Longest-Ever Continuous Passenger Cruise

Viking Cruises is about to attempt the Guinness world record for the world’s longest-ever continuous passenger cruise. The voyage will be an epic 245-day journey spanning six continents, 51 countries and 111 ports and covering 55,700 nautical miles. Viking, said: “For more than 20 years we have been committed to connecting travelers to culturally immersive experiences that allow them to explore the world in comfort.”

Scandinavia – Caribbean – South America – South Pacific

On August 13, Viking Sun departed Greenwich on the Ultimate World Cruise which will last for 8-months. Starting closer to home around the United Kingdom and then on to Scandinavia, the Caribbean and destinations throughout South America before calling on the remote tropical islands of the South Pacific. Viking Sun will then continue its journey along the coast of Australia and through Asia before returning to the Mediterranean and Europe.

“We broke our own Guinness World Record in 2014 when we christened 16 new river ships in one day. We only launched ocean cruises in 2015 so to already be attempting the world record for the longest continuous passenger cruise four years later is remarkable. Everyone at Viking UK is particularly proud and excited that the cruise is setting sail from Greenwich. We can’t wait to hear all our guests’ stories when they get back.” said Viking.

A Guinness World Record Adjudicator will confirm the successful attempt of the longest-ever passenger cruise with a certificate presentation when the luxury vessel arrives back in London in May 2020. The Ultimate World Cruise starts at £66,990 per person. Within the 245-day Ultimate World Cruise itinerary, guests also have the choice to sail one of two shorter segments of the cruise. 

D’Orsay Museum has reopened its doors after renovations

Our friends over at Chocolatine remind us that the d’Orsay Museum opened its doors with much fanfare after completing a major renovation.

A whole new presentation of its 19th-century masterpieces, and a brand new expanded space, give the galleries new color schemes, new lighting, and separate rooms for many of the great artists on display. Now, both Van Gogh and Gauguin have their own uniquely designed rooms! In addition, new works have been added to the museum’s collection of beloved classics – so many reasons to return!

The D’Orsay is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30am to 6pm. Closed Mondays. 

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