Hurtigruten expands cruises to Alaska
by Laura Gelder
Starting in 2020 Hurtigruten guests can explore the Alaskan wilderness on board its new hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen.
Hurtigruten’s 2020/2021 expedition cruise program includes eight- to 18-day voyages covering Alaska’s Inside Passage combined with off the beaten path-destinations rarely visited by other cruise lines such as Petersburg.
The cruise will be aboard the first hybrid powered cruise ship in Alaska, equipped with large battery packs, and aboard will be an expedition team of geologists, biologists, geographers, historians and activity guides for a maximum of 500 guests.
MS Roald Amundsen will conclude her 2020 Alaska season by conducting a North West Passage transit – from Nome, via Greenland to Halifax.
Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says. “Imagine kayaking in pristine waters, hiking through untouched wilderness and spotting bears, whales, caribou or eagles. And then returning to the comfort of a cruise ship you know is greener than any other ship you have experienced. This is the unparalleled Alaska experience Hurtigruten will offer you.”
The 2020/21 programme will also see the inaugural season of Hurtigruten’s second hybrid-powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen – exploring Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland and the Norwegian coast – and a makeover for MS Fram, which will re-emerge as a new expedition ship.
There will also be the widest ever selection of Antarctica voyages – with 31 different itineraries spanning from 12 to 23 days and either voyaging straight across the Drake Passage to maximise time in Antarctica or spending time exploring the Falkland Islands and South Georgia en route.
Hurtigruten will also visit Russia and Franz Josef Land, Svalbard, the Caribbean, and South and Central America, including Mexico and Baja California. A pre- and post-cruise programme offers destinations like Easter Island, Galapagos, Patagonia and the Atacama Desert.