What I enjoyed about The Thing
was the clausturphobia and tension created by the environment of the arctic research outpost. Moving it to a bigger setting would nullify that aspect. And moving it to a setting like a cruise ship where the characters will be more ignorant than the group of scientists doesn't particularly interest me, either.
Not that I'm particularly excited about doing a prequel with the Norwegian characters, becuase (a) they will probably all speak English and (b) there's not much new ground to be covered in the project. Honestly, I'd rather leave the movie lie then do a prequel OR a sequel.