Hurtigruten to sail from UK
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Hurtigruten to sail from UK

MS Roald Amundsen set to become first expedition cruise ship to depart from a UK port since the country entered coronavirus lockdown in March.

Hurtigruten has announced a series of short-break expedition cruises around the British Isles in September 2020.

MS Roald Amundsen, described as the “world’s first hybrid expedition cruise ship”, will be the first expedition cruise ship to depart from a UK port since the country entered coronavirus lockdown in March.

The series will consist of four sailings departing from Portsmouth (September 2), Liverpool (September 7), Glasgow (September 12) and Liverpool (September 17).

It will visit destinations such as the Isles of Scilly, Fowey, Rathlin Island, Fort William, Oban, Fishguard and Waterford.

The series will operate at a reduced maximum capacity of 350 guests – approximately 65 per cent of total berths.

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.”

Prices start from £999 – see hurtigruten.co.uk/british-isles-2020.

In June, it was announced that the Norwegian operator, is to use Dover as an embarkation port for four expedition itineraries in 2021. The new itineraries will go on sale on June 20.

“We are thrilled to present expedition cruises from Dover year-round. It is a needed boost for the UK cruise industry at this time, and is especially important to showcase how expedition cruising differs from mainstream ‘big white ship’ cruising,” said Anthony Daniels, general manager, Hurtigruten UK & Ireland.

The new itineraries include Norway’s winter fjords and the Northern Lights – a 15-day voyage visiting Norway’s southern fjords and Arctic North. Highlights include Stavanger, Alesund, the Lofoten Islands, two days in Tromso, the North Cape and the Unesco World Heritage Site of Bergen. Hurtigruten’s Northern Lights Promise applies. Departures from Dover in March 2021, and Oct 2021 – March 2022

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