Expanding Hurtigruten Heading To Alaska For 2020

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Alaska’s boundless appeal to the cruise industry continues, with expedition cruise specialist Hurtigruten the latest to announce plans. From 2020, Hurtigruten guests can explore the Alaskan wilderness on board the brand-new, hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen.

Offering more than 250 worldwide destinations, Hurtigruten’s 2020/2021 expedition cruise program will feature some significant developments: 

  • The inaugural season of the ground-breaking hybrid powered and eco-friendly MS Fridtjof Nansen – exploring the unspoiled beauty of Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland and the Norwegian coast.
  • The widest ever selection of Antarctica voyages – with more than 30 different itineraries to the white continent.
  • An extreme makeover for Hurtigruten expedition favourite MS Fram. The ship will re-emerge as a brand-new expedition ship.
  • And most notably: The summer of 2020 will see Hurtigruten enter Alaska with a series of expedition cruises.

“Alaska is a perfect fit for Hurtigruten and our expedition cruise concept. We will go where the big ships can’t, taking you far beyond the ordinary while exploring the true beauty of Alaska,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. 

The line says Alaska is a perfect destination for its style of expedition cruising - a true frontier with a rich sense of adventure, untouched wilderness, glaciers, interesting culture and amazing wildlife. 

Hurtigruten will offer 8- to 18-day voyages covering the highlights of the legendary Inside Passage combined with off the beaten path-destinations rarely visited by other cruise lines – such as picturesque Petersburg.

With the expansion to Alaska, Hurtigruten will also introduce the first hybrid powered cruise ship in Alaska. Equipped with large battery packs, MS Roald Amundsenfeatures innovative green technology, premium surroundings and Hurtigruten’s Expedition Team, consisting of geologists, biologists, geographers, historians and activity guides for a maximum of just 500 fellow explorers.

- 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, Skjeldam says.

MS Roald Amundsen will conclude her 2020 Alaska season by conducting an epic North West Passage transit – from Nome, via Greenland to Halifax.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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