Hurtigruten, a specialist in expedition and Norwegian coastal cruises, said it has purchased a ship for its coastal fleet.

The ship, built in 2009, will be overhauled and provisionally named Norway Explorer. It will replace the Midnatsol, which will join the expedition fleet for the 2016-17 Antarctic season. 

Hurtigruten already operates the Fram on itineraries in Antarctica, Greenland and other polar areas.

The 7,025 gross ton ship, which Hurtigruten did not identify by its original name, was built in Portugal at the Viana do Castelo shipyard, Hurtigruten said.  

Hurtigruten said it will adapt the ship for polar waters; upgrade the cabins, suites and public spaces for the 320 guests; and adjust the power plants and emissions to meet higher standards.

Correction: The acquired ship is for Hurtigruten's coastal fleet, not its expedition fleet.

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