COVER PHOTO:  The 1964-built Hurtigruten liner LOFOTEN’s classic superstructure is reflected in a rain puddle on one of her many stops on the Norwegian coastal express route.
2015
PASSENGER
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The 2015 MidShipCentury Passenger Ship Calendar is now in stock, featuring thirteen images taken during 2015 by Peter Knego on his globe-encompassing Sea Treks blogs for MaritimeMatters.com.  Measures 8.25 by 4 inches.  $18.00 each shipping included.  
 

JANUARY: Viking River Cruises VIKING FORSETI, one of the line’s celebrated “long ships”, is shown in this moody view at the medieval town of Bourg en Gironde on France’s Gironde River.

FEBRUARY: CARNIVAL IMAGINATION is one of eight FANTASY class vessels commissioned for Carnival Cruises in the 1990s. Now one of the oldest ships in the fleet, she is captured departing her current homeport of Long Beach, CA on a sunny winter afternoon.

MARCH: The largest paddlewheel cruiser west of the Mississippi returned to service this year for American Queen Steamboat Company as the AMERICAN EMPRESS. The former EMPRESS OF THE NORTH is shown just prior to her maiden departure from the Snake River port of Stevenson, Washington.

APRIL: The legendary QUEEN MARY as seen from the salt-streaked windows of Imagination Way aboard Carnival Cruise Lines MV CARNIVAL IMAGINATION.

MAY: Louis Cruises LOUIS CRISTAL (formerly NCL’s LEEWARD) basks in the sunshine in the caldera of the Greek island of Milos.

JUNE: LOUIS OLYMPIA, the former SONG OF AMERICA departs Piraeus on a hot July afternoon, en route to Mykonos.

JULY: Costa Cruises still very original COSTA CLASSICA at the Greek island of Kos.

AUGUST: Hurtigruten’s LOFOTEN arrives in a storm at the Norwegian port of Batsfjord.

SEPTEMBER: The northbound AZORES, the vastly rebuilt former STOCKHOLM, seen from the southbound LOFOTEN in the Lofoten Islands.

OCTOBER: Hauled ashore for preservation, the 1954-built Hurtigruten liner FINNMARKEN is now on display at the Hurtigruten Museum in the port of Stokmarknes.

NOVEMBER: Holland America Line’s “co-flagship” ROTTERDAM shows of her rebuilt stern while departing Bergen on a sunny afternoon.

DECEMBER: The second oldest active Hurtigruten vessel WESTERALEN seen from her dowager fleetmate LOFOTEN as the two pass along the Norwegian coast.