Hurtigruten to make UK debut

The long-running Norwegian expedition cruise line has announced its
first ever ex-UK departures from the Port of Dover in winter 2021

Hurtigruten, the 126-year-old Norwegian expedition cruise line,
is to make a series of departures from Dover starting in winter 2021,
a first for the company. 

The sailings were revealed as part of Hurtigruten’s new Norway Expedition 2021-22 programme. 

There will be a series of 14-day Norway Expedition voyages departing from Dover between October 2021 and March 2022, taking guests to the Arctic Circle. 

The voyages will call at ports along the Norwegian coast on board the newly named MS Maud, which is currently sailing as Trollfjord. The vessel is one of three (alongside Finnmarken and Midnatsol) to be transformed into luxury hybrid powered expedition cruise ships equipped with upgraded low-emission engines, battery packs and other green technologies to cut their emissions. 

“Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises have an amazing sense of adventure and are a fantastic advocate for green cruising that explores nature at its best,” said Barbara Buczek, chief commercial officer at the Port of Dover. 

“We are excited to be working with Hurtigruten to bring a new winter cruise season to Dover, and to become the line’s first-ever UK port of call.”

The line offers complimentary activities every day plus there are extra expedition team members onboard to share their knowledge of the Norwegian coastline and give lectures. 

This is alongside all the standard inclusions on board a Hurtigruten sailing: free wifi and meals including drinks (house wine or beer).

Guests will be able to take excursions including northern light safaris, fishing, hiking and visiting local communities. 

“We are delighted to launch our first ever season from Dover,” said Hurtigruten’s UK general manager, Anthony Daniels. 

“This new route offers a truly exceptional way for guests to
explore the coast of Norway and experience the northern lights all
at the convenience and comfort of a UK departure. 

He explained: “Not only will we take guests to new highlights, but with an increased presence of expedition team leaders on board we will help new and existing guest to become immersed in the rich wildlife and cultural offering of Norway.” 

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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