The West Coast of Africa and its archipelagos, Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands, have been added to Hurtigruten Expedition’s new programme scheduled for 2022-2023, as the line adds four destinations to its list.
The 13-day itinerary includes Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal with the first departure set for November 27 2022.
Other sailings will depart on December 9 and 21, 2022, and January 2 and 14, 2023.
The small ship MS Spitsbergen will be based out of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, with land-based excursions being part of the itinerary. Entering into service in 2016, the ship will hold fewer than 200 guests and features an onboard science centre and program, where guests are encouraged to participate in research projects during their trip.
The cruise line has added the destinations in response to customer’s requests for more warm water destinations. The expansion follows Hurtigruten’s recent announcement of year-round expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands, starting early 2022. There will also be a series of itineraries to the Canary Islands and Madeira for the line in the 2022-2023 cruising season.
Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO, Asta Lassesen, said: “2022 will be one of the most adventurous years for Hurtigruten Expeditions. We will start the year by launching our Galapagos operations in January, and at the end of the year, we will introduce our first African cruises. We are very excited about expanding to new unique destinations, which complements our Caribbean and South American expedition cruises and strengthens our global position.
“We know our guests want to explore many different parts of the globe, and our ambition is to offer the world’s most exciting destinations that can best be explored by our small ships. With the Bissagos Islands and Cape Verde, we offer a truly unique and off-the-beaten-track destination that is perfect for an expedition adventure like no other.”