Norway's famous coastal steamers, "Hurtigruten", registered 25,000 more passengers in 2001, compared with the year before.
Altogether 441,000 took part in the scenic cruises,- also called "the world's most beautiful sea travel",- along the Norwegian coast last year.
-The highest increase in traffic was registered in the spring and fall, just as we had hoped, says Marketing Director Steinar Saeterdal.
Travellers have also registered the fact that the liners will carry cars. This is shown by the fact that 36,000 cars were shipped last year, against 29,000 in the year 2000.