More off-the-beaten-track exploration of South America and more North American national parks are also among the new product offering. Not forgetting deeper exploration of Antarctica, three ships in the Northwest Passage, off-the-beaten-track Alaska.
Beyond the poles
Hurtigruten Expeditions has rapidly expanded its global offering of small-ship expedition cruises in recent years, adding destinations such as the Galapagos, West Africa, the Caribbean, and the only year-round expedition cruises directly from Germany and UK to the Norwegian coast.
Spitsbergen out of Dakar
2023/24 highlights include: Exploration of West Africa including Cape Verde and the Bissagos Island. The itineraries include four countries: Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, with Spitsbergen based out of Dakar.
More Caribbean and Central American expedition cruises including a new 10-day expedition cruise from Panama to Barbados.
The twin hybrid ships Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen will offer six unique North American expedition cruises to national parks both on the east and west coasts of the US including Redwood National Park and the Olympic Biosphere Reserve and National Park and the eastern Acadia National Park and Cape Cod National Seashore.
A total of 32 expedition cruise packages can be combined with land-based exploration of world renowned destinations such as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Galápagos Islands and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.
‘Exploration is not solely about geography; it’s a mindset. We receive clear feedback from guests that they want to experience new ways to explore, and in more places. This is the reason why we continue to launch and expand our offerings to immerse in nature, culture, history and science across the whole planet,’ said Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO Asta Lassesen.
Bigger expedition teams
Leading up to the 2023/24 season, the size of the expedition team on all Hurtigruten Expeditions ships will be increased. More expedition equipment will also be added to the ships.
‘Our on-board colleagues, and the way they share their passion, knowledge, and expertise of the areas we explore is the core of the Hurtigruten Expeditions’ experience. Bigger expedition teams mean more of everything — more experts, more knowledge, more activities and more options for our guests,’ said Lassesen.