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Iceland’s First Cruise Ship Leaves Tonight

An Icelandic-run cruise ship will sail out of Reykjavík harbor for the first time this evening.

The ship is scheduled to sail all the way around Iceland seven times this summer, and for the next three summers.

The crew aboard the Ocean Diamond were today busy putting the finishing touches to the ship and getting ready to greet the first guests, and there was even a brass band playing on the quayside.

Cruise ships are very regular visitors to ports around Iceland, but this is the first time one is running for and on behalf of an Icelandic company. The cruises are being provided by Iceland ProTravel.

“For years we have been watching cruise ships coming here to Iceland and staying a very short time. We thought it was appropriate to try and find a way to sail around the country and create a new concept around it,” principle owner of Iceland ProTravel, Guðmundur Kjartansson told RÚV.

Prices vary by cabin size, but the average cost is ISK 400,000 (EUR 2,685/USD 3,046) per person. The ship is owned by Danish investors and is registered in the Bahamas and it is contracted to operate around Iceland for at least the next three years.

The crew are not Icelandic, and neither are the tourists on board—but the guides and entertainers are Icelandic.

Each cruise lasts for ten days, giving travelers plenty of time to bask on deck in the Icelandic sun—day or night.

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