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Breaking News – Hurtigruten to sail from the UK in September 2020

The Cruise365 team are delighted to share with you breaking news from Hurtigruten, they will be sailing from the UK in September 2020 on a choice of 4 exciting itineraries, press release below:

Hurtigruten reveals Short Break Expedition Cruises around the British Isles, departing September 2020

The world’s first hybrid expedition cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, will embark on a series of short break expedition cruises in UK waters in September. Hurtigruten will be the first expedition cruise ship to depart from a UK port, since the country entered Coronavirus lockdown in March.

The groundbreaking expedition cruise ship will offer a limited number of guests the chance to visit remote parts of the striking British coastline, taking in nature and cultural experiences, together with making full use of their expedition landing boats.

The series will consist of four sailings departing from Portsmouth (2nd September), Liverpool (7th September), Glasgow (12th September) and Liverpool (17th September). The hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship will visit hand-picked destinations such as the Isles of Scilly, Fowey, Rathlin Island, Fort William, Oban, Fishguard and Waterford.

Anthony Daniels, UK General Manager for Hurtigruten said:We are delighted to offer guests the short break expedition cruises to experience the British coastline onboard our pioneering hybrid ship, MS Roald Amundsen. We will take guests to lesser-visited parts of the British Isles, and take them up close to nature, and conservation projects. This is a great opportunity for those looking to try expedition cruising for the first time, but from closer to home. Having operated in Norway throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, and having recently restarting regular operations in Norway, our robust health and safety procedures on and off board mean guests can relax and enjoy their UK short break.”

Unique itineraries

This special series of short breaks will allow for guests to explore UK shores and areas of natural beauty – so many to highlight. St Kilda, the UK’s only dual UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a protected haven for wildlife. Home to almost one million seabirds, including the UK’s highest concentration of Atlantic puffins, a wren unique to St Kilda can also be seen here. Or Rathlin Island boasting large seabird colonies and Northern Ireland’s only pair of breeding choughs.

In contrast, the archipelago of the Isles of Scilly allows guests to unwind, enjoy the stunning nature and soak in an easy pace of life. With five habitable islands all full of their own interpretation of adventure, and during our visit we will engage in beach clean-ups.

Onboard experience

Adventure can also be found onboard in the impressive Science Centre, the heartbeat of the ships, where guests can gain a deeper understanding of the areas explored with lectures and workshops by Hurtigruten’s handpicked Expedition Team. Packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets, there is no better place to learn more about the remote locations and areas of natural beauty on the itinerary. For those wanting to put this education to use, there is a two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck for guests to watch wildlife – it is also the perfect spot to admire the scenic landscape.

Inspired by our Norwegian polar heritage, three restaurants are located on the ship. Aune is the ship’s main restaurant, whilst Fredheim offers informal street food accompanied by amazing milkshakes, and Lindstrøm, a specialty ‘a la carte’ restaurant named after the polar chef chosen by Roald Amundsen himself on his many polar expeditions.

To relax after a day of exploring, guests can unwind and rejuvenate in the inviting Explorer Lounge, exercise in the large gym, enjoy a treatment at the wellness centre, or take a dip in the infinity pool or hot tubs whilst enjoying the scenery and catching the stunning sunsets in style.

The stunning scenery is reflected in the rich and comfortable interior design of the cabins. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool have been used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50% have private balconies, and some of the suites feature a private outdoor hot tub with spectacular views.

 

Safety first – protective measures

The health and safety of guests and staff has always been the number one priority for Hurtigruten. Following guidelines recommended by the Norwegian Government and the local Governments of the destinations visited during the UK sailings, the company has built on existing protocols to introduce additional practices to ensure safe, sustainable, and enjoyable expedition cruising. This series will operate at a reduced maximum capacity of 350 guests (approximately 65% of total berths).

 

Hurtigruten will always comply with current Covid regulations in the waters, coasts, and ports we visit, and itineraries and excursions may be subject to change based on local Government advice.

 

World’s first hybrid ship and sustainability champions

Specially designed for exploring some of the most spectacular polar waters of the planet, MS Roald Amundsen features groundbreaking green technology. The hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship uses battery packs to support her low-emission engines and will reduce CO2 emissions with more than 20% compared to other cruise ships of the same size.

The introduction of the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ships is the latest in several Hurtigruten green initiatives. Hurtigruten celebrated its 125th anniversary by banning all single-use-plastics. In another industry first, Hurtigruten is completely rebuilding existing ships to run on a combination of large battery packs, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas (LBG) – produced from organic waste such as dead fish.

British Isles Itineraries

Voyage 1 – “Enchanting islands and coastal towns”

02 Sept 2020 – Portsmouth

03 Sept 2020 – Falmouth

04 Sept 2020 – Isles of Scilly

05 Sept 2020 – Waterford

06 Sept 2020 – Ramsey Island

06 Sept 2020 – Fishguard

07 Sept 2020 – Liverpool

Call 01388 767 222 for more Details

Voyage 2 – “Isle of Man, Isle of Skye and magnificent Scottish Highlands”

07 Sept 2020 – Liverpool

08 Sept 2020 – Douglas

09 Sept 2020 – Loch Sunart

10 Sept 2020 – Portree

11 Sept 2020 – Fort William

12 Sept 2020 – Greenock

Call 01388 767 222 for more Details

Voyage 3 – “Natural Habitats, Wild Nature and Fascinating History”

12 Sept 2020 – Greenock

13 Sept 2020 – Oban

14 Sept 2020 – Stornoway

15 Sept 2020 – St Kilda

16 Sept 2020 – Raithlin Island

17 Sept 2020 – Liverpool

Call 01388 767 222 for more Details

Voyage 4 – “Magnificent gardens, unspoilt islands and rich history”

17 Sept 2020 Liverpool

18 Sept 2020 Pembroke Dock

19 Sept 2020 Cork (Cobh)

20 Sept 2020 Isles of Scillly

21 Sept 2020 Fowey

22 Sept 2020 Portsmouth (Disembarking)

Call 01388 767 222 for more Details

Prices start from £999 per person, MS Roald Amundsen has 100% outside cabins with 50% of cabins having their own private balcony.

Return of Hurtigruten’s Coastal Fleet

After a successful return to sailing in Norway on the 16th June and international expedition cruises from Germany from 26th June, Hurtigruten has also released its plans to further ramp-up operations with 14 of 16 ships returning in August and September.

 

Hurtigruten marked the return of cruising as MS Finnmarken became the first ocean cruise ship in the world to return to sailing with her June 16 departure. With limiting capacity and strict hygiene measures, Hurtigruten currently operates five ships on international and domestic Norwegian itineraries.

 

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said; “We are seeing a strong demand across all markets and all destinations, including the Norwegian coast, the Arctic and Antarctica. The demand reflects our predictions that small-ship cruising, with all our advantages such as more flexibility and fewer guests, will prove even more popular post-COVID-19.”

Hurtigruten – World leader in exploration travel

Building on 127 years of Norwegian pioneering heritage, Hurtigruten is today the world’s largest expedition cruise company.

Hurtigruten’s rapidly growing fleet of custom-build expedition ships takes modern-day adventure travellers to the world’s most spectacular destinations on our Planet – from the High North to Antarctica in the south.

Being the world leader in exploration travel comes with a great responsibility. Hurtigruten is enhancing destinations and runs a responsible, sustainable global operation. Read more about Hurtigruten’s sustainability efforts here.

Hurtigruten is introducing the world’s first hybrid battery powered cruise ships, the MS Roald Amundsen, and the MS Fridtjof Nansen (2020).

This positive announcement is on top of the Year Round Dover expedition cruises announced last week.

The Cruise365 team are very excited to showcase Hurtigruten’s brand new year round Expedition Cruises sailing from Dover.  Hurtigruten are pioneering green technology and are the first cruise line in the world to introduce biodiesel as fuel on a number of ships, including the refitted and renamed MS Maud, Biodiesel reduces (CO2) emissions by up to 80%.

Hurtigruten have announced that they will be sailing Authentic Expeditions on a choice of Four Exciting Itineraries from March 2021, directly from Dover (Round Trip). Avoid airport crowds with convenient, flight-less cruising that’s safer, greener and easily accessed by train or care, choose from:

  • Northern Lights and Norwegian Fjords with ‘Northern Light Promise’*
  • Norwegian Fjords, North Cape and Arctic Sunshine
  • British Isles, Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and Diverse Coastlines
  • Southern Scandinavia, Archipelagos, Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns

Sail on board intimate expedition ships

Sail through beautiful scenery in absolute comfort on our newly refurbished expedition ship, MS Maud. She is just the right size for exploring the world, while still being a well-equipped basecamp at sea.

Hurtigruten MS Maud

Hurtigruten MS Maud Sailing year round from Dover on 4 Exciting Expedition Voyages

Experience destinations others can’t reach

Hurtigruten is about authenticity, intimacy and safe experience,. their ships are more manoeuvrable, making it possible for you their experienced captains to bring you up close to nature and take you places bigger ships can’t get to.

 

Northern Lights and Norwegian Fjords with ‘Northern Light Promise’*

15 Day Journeys – choose from 16 or 30 March 2021, 6 or 20 October 2021,
3 or 17 November 2021, 1, 15 or 29 December 2021, 12 or 26 January 2022,
9 or 23 February 2020 & 9 March 2022

Hurtigruten MS Maud Northern Lights and Fjord Expeditions, departs March 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022

Hurtigruten MS Maud Northern Lights and Fjord Expeditions, departs March 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022


Embark on a true Adventure from Dover and sail into the Arctic Circle as far as Honningsvag, the most Northernly Town in Norway, visiting stunning ports of call. including Stavanger, Alesund, Bronnysund, Reine, Tromso, Finnsnes, Kristiansund, Molde & Bergen. these winter cruises really do give you the best opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis  (The Northern Lights), cruise the coast of Norway and some beautiful Fjords all with a Northern Lights Guarantee*

* Northern Lights Promise

 

Prices from £2,749 – book before 31 July 2020

Book before 31 July with a low deposit of 5%

Call 01388 767 222 for full details

 

Artic Superior Stateroom Hurtigruten MS Maud - sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition

Artic Superior Stateroom Hurtigruten MS Maud – sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition

British Isles, Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and Diverse Coastlines

13 Day Journeys – choose from 25 May 2021, 15 August 2021 or 10 September 2021

Hurtigruten MS Maud British Isles from Dover, Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline, departs May 2021 August 2021 September 2021

Hurtigruten MS Maud British Isles from Dover, Remote Islands, Natural Wonders and a Diverse Coastline, departs May 2021 August 2021 September 2021

 

Embark on a true Adventure from Dover and experience the British Isles like you’ve never seen before. Cruise from the south of England to the most northerly region of Scotland – covering a vast area in between. A true British Isles journey, visiting England, Wales, N. Ireland, the Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and the Hebrides. As we head for remote destinations which will challenge our seamanship, the true meaning of expedition cruising will become apparent as the ideal way to discover these often inaccessible places. Along with towns and villages we encounter diverse landscapes, coastal paths for exploring, nature landings and scenic coastal cruising through unique pristine waters. Highlights of the voyage include the remarkable birdlife of Rathlin Island and the abandoned village of St. Kilda, ancient history of Isle of Man and Waterford, naval history and scenic beauty of Devon, the whisky island of Islay, but we invite you to discover your own highlights and create your own remarkable memories. Hurtigruten’s knowledgeable and experienced Expedition team are on hand to ensure you make the most of your time on board as well as ashore.

Prices from £2,745 – book before 31 July 2020

Book before 31 July with a low deposit of 5%

Hurtigruten MS Maud - Lindstrom Premium Dining - sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition Cruises

Hurtigruten MS Maud – Lindstrom Premium Dining – sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition Cruises

Norwegian Fjords, North Cape and Arctic Sunshine

15 Day Journeys – choose from 13 or 27 Apr 2021, 11 May 2021, 6 June 2021, 4 July 2021, 1 or 27 August 2021, 22 September 2021

Hurtigruten MS Maud Norwegian Fjords, North Cape and Arctic Sunshine, departs April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 September 2021

Hurtigruten MS Maud Norwegian Fjords, North Cape and Arctic Sunshine, departs April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 September 2021


Embark on a true adventure, Norway boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with dramatic fjords and awe-inspiring countryside at every turn. On this voyage, we explore some unique towns along the rugged coastline to get close to nature and immerse ourselves in local culture along the way.  Enjoy beautiful Arctic landscape, charming villages and bustling towns. Explore some of the hidden treasures in the area, as well as the best-known landmarks. All hand picked by the experts on Norway. Hurtigruten are excited to show our backyard, the authentic heart of Northern Norway.

Prices from £3,099 – book before 31 July 2020

Book before 31 July with a low deposit of 5%

Hurtigruten MS Maud - Lindstrom Premium Dining - sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition Cruises

Hurtigruten MS Maud – Lindstrom Premium Dining – sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition Cruises

Southern Scandinavia, Archipelagos, fjords and quaint fishing towns

15 Day Journeys – choose from 20 June 2021 or 18 July 2021

 

Hurtigruten MS Maud Southern Scandinavia, Archipelagos,Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns , departs June 2021 July 2021

Hurtigruten MS Maud Southern Scandinavia, Archipelagos,Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns , departs June 2021 July 2021

Archipelagos, dramatic fjords and bustling seaside towns await you on this unique expedition cruise to a less-visited region of southern Scandinavia. On this voyage we showcase nature’s scenic masterpieces against modern-day engineering triumphs, where sand dunes, rocky shorelines, fjords, waterfalls and majestic cliffs overshadow man’s architectural and navigational feats. We will transit the impressive Kiel Canal and sail through the “inside passage” of Sweden, sailing past numerous islands and islets. We visit charming fishing villages, bustling summer marinas, National parks and a marine biosphere, as well as a big city brimming with culture. A wonderful itinerary that embraces diversity and the beauty of this remote area. During this voyage we invite you to explore the areas we visit on foot, by kayak or with our fleet of small expedition boats. Hurtigruten’s knowledgeable and friendly Expedition team will delight in bringing you closer to nature, sharing experiences and making this an unforgettable voyage.

Prices from £3,189 – book before 31 July 2020

Book before 31 July with a low deposit of 5%

 

Hurtigruten MS Maud - Fredheim Dining - sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition Cruises

Hurtigruten MS Maud – Fredheim Dining – sailing year round from Dover on a choice of 4 Exciting Expedition Cruises

To make the experience even better these Expedition Adventure Cruise prices include:

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune and Fredheim
  • A la carte restaurant Lindstrom included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Centre which has an extensive library, biological and geological microscopes and samples
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym, outdoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings using our fleet of small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Expedition style cruises are casual and active, traditional cruise dress codes do not apply and you would not look out of place in Hiking Boots and Walking Gear. Entertainment is low key and the destination with complimentary shore excursions combined with on board experts and use of the expedition boats make this a true Bucket List adventure.

If you would like to learn more on these exciting cruises please call us on 01388 767 222, our Managing Director (Anthony) has experience in Hurtigruten Cruises and Adventure Travel and would be more than happy to arrange a call or zoom video call to discuss Hurtigruten’s products.

 

 

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