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10th June 2020 - Press Release

Hurtigruten establishes Dover as UK home port for expedition cruises from March 2021



Hurtigruten, world leader in expedition cruises, announces a year-round programme of unique voyages departing from Dover from mid March 2021.

The Norwegian operator, considered to be the world’s greenest cruise line, has launched 4 adventurous itineraries as expedition cruises from March 2021, on sale from 20 June.

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said:

“We are thrilled to be the UK homeport for Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises from next year and are eager to embark on our exciting new journey together.

MS Maud will bring an amazing sense of excitement and adventure to Dover when she arrives in March 2021. We are delighted to now be welcoming Hurtigruten here all year around, including for the first official winter cruise season at the Port.”

The health and safety of guests and staff has always been the number one priority for Hurtigruten. Following guidelines recommended by the Norwegian Government, the company has built on existing protocols to introduce additional practices to ensure safe, sustainable and enjoyable expedition cruising.

MS Maud – a small, sustainable, expedition cruise ship

Taking less than 500 passengers, MS Maud will be freshly refurbished prior to her arrival in Dover. She goes into the refurb project as the currently in-service MS Midnatsol, already well-known to those who have sailed on Hurtigruten’s Coastal route in Norway.

As part of the multi-million-pound refurb project, MS Maud will proudly emerge with all new public areas. Natural Scandinavian materials will be used to seamlessly bring the great outdoors inside – Scandinavian wool, pine, birch, oak, and granite will unknowingly provide the perfect backdrop to your voyage from Dover.

Three new restaurants will be introduced – Aune, the main restaurant; Fredheim, for casual international dining; and Lindstrom, our exclusive fine dining restaurant. Each serving cuisine with character, locally sourced in line with our sustainability principles.

Departing directly from Dover

Eliminating a flight adds convenience and ease to your expedition cruise. You can begin your adventure from much closer to home and immediately you swiftly pass through the gorgeous cruise terminal, without suitcase restrictions or the need to pack and unpack multiple times. Dover is very well connected by road and rail, so joining is simple and quick, be it by private or public transport. Your fellow British passengers will be kindred spirits as you venture forth on your expedition.

Expedition cruising

At Hurtigruten, we actively shun the bright lights and the crowds of mass tourism; instead, we visit remote nature destinations; we engage in unassuming beach cleans; we showcase local wildlife; we take part in Citizen Science experiments; and we learn from each other and from the Expedition Team. You’ll certainly not get any stuffy formality, nor the needless luxury of boutique cruising, nor will you feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale of your ship, the number of guests or the razzmatazz of ‘big white ship’ cruising.

In the recent past, MS Midnatsol has been in service in Antarctica, where she was heralded as the blueprint for modern expedition cruising in both size and facilities - most significantly, the tender pits and purpose-built platforms used to launch her fleet of expedition boats for landings and local exploration. These will be in use regularly as we bring expedition cruising to Dover.

Leading the cruise industry in sustainability and environmental standards

The very latest fuel and environmental advances will be incorporated ‘below decks’ as part of MS Maud’s refurbishment. The ship will be powered on BIOFUEL, mixed in with regular diesel, to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides. Furthermore, the BIOFUEL used will be environmentally certified and made from waste produce from other industries including fishing, meaning no palm oil used in its production and no negative effects on rainforests. Once in port, where possible, MS Maud will be fitted with shore power connectivity eliminating emissions whilst alongside.

Citizen Science

MS Midnatsol is a tried-and-tested thoroughbred and pioneer in expedition cruising, and through the refurb, MS Maud will emerge even stronger. A state-of-the-art Science Center is the ‘beating heart’ of all expedition cruises, and MS Maud’s will be complete with the very latest tech and experiment apparatus, touch screens and microscopes. Guests will not be disappointed, and the Science Center will become the hub to informally learn from the Expedition Team on topics ranging from geology to ornithology, from Northern Lights to the conservation and Citizen Science projects we support.

Crafted expedition cruise itineraries

Each of our 4 expedition itineraries visit hard-to-reach destinations, which test seamanship and resolve, and as a result, provide unique experiences to savour and share.

Norway’s winter fjords and the Northern Lights – 15-day voyages visiting Norway’s southern fjords and Arctic North. Highlights include Stavanger, Alesund, off-the-beaten-track Lofoten Islands, 2 days in Tromso, the North Cape and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bergen. Hurtigruten’s unique Northern Lights Promise applies.

Departures from Dover in March 2021, and Oct 2021 – March 2022

https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/destinations/norway/dover-north-cape-dover/

Summertime in Norway’s fjords and her islands – 15-day voyages along the Norwegian coast, known to be one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with countless fjords, mountains and charming coastal villages. Norway has been Hurtigruten’s backyard for 127 years - explore the hidden gems, handpicked by your expedition cruise experts.

Departures from Dover in Apr - September 2021

https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/destinations/norway/norwegian-fjords-north-cape-and-the-arctic-sunshine/

The British Isles – 13-day expedition cruise visiting remote islands off the British mainland – less-visited, mysterious and varied, where the elements, the coastline and the indigenous wildlife are to be both respected and revered. Highlights include Fishguard, Rathlin Island (excursion to Giants Causeway possible), Iona, Staffa (sail by scenic cruising of Fingal’s Cave), St Kilda, Stornoway, Islay, Isle of Man, Waterford, Isles of Scilly and Dartmouth.

Departures from Dover in May - September 2021

https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/destinations/british-isles/remote-islands-natural-wonders-and-a-diverse-coastline/

Southern Scandinavia – 15-day voyage offers expedition, culture, wildlife and nature, combined with urban exploration. Across 4 countries we encounter wide, white sandy beaches in Germany and Denmark, peaceful archipelagos and charming marinas in Sweden and the beautiful fjords and islets of Norway. Highlights include the Kiel Canal, Skagen, Koster, the Weather Islands, Oslo, Hardanger and Lysefjord.

Departures from Dover in June & July 2021

https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/destinations/europe/southern-scandinavia-archipelagos-fjords-fishing-towns/

Prices are yet to be released by Hurtigruten, and the voyages go on sale from 20 June 2020.

In advance of our on-sale date, pre-register your interest at https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/pre-registration/

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SELECTION OF QUOTES:

- 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, says Anthony Daniels, General Manager, Hurtigruten UK & Ireland

- These sustainable new itineraries visit off-the-beaten-track waters, coastlines and islands; they are brim-full of unique experiences and destinations rarely visited, says Anthony Daniels, General Manager, Hurtigruten UK & Ireland

- Expedition cruising fuses sustainable activities, nature and culture into exceptional yet safe adventures to less-explored locations, says Anthony Daniels, General Manager, Hurtigruten UK & Ireland

- To enrich and deepen the guest experience, all Hurtigruten guests explore side-by-side with our hand-picked expedition team members. In our state-of-the-art Science Center, experts share their extensive knowledge in various academic fields – such as marine biology, sustainability, history, oceanography and photography, says Anthony Daniels, General Manager, Hurtigruten UK & Ireland

- A Hurtigruten expedition cruise is a life-changing experience with knowledge at its core. Our expedition teams give lectures on their respective fields of expertise, and explain and discuss all the interesting events shared on and off ship, says Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten

- Operating on the Norwegian coast for 127 years, Hurtigruten has built close ties to local communities; and food, activities and services are sourced locally. More than a century of local experience and know-how ensures we leave nothing behind, except long- local lasting partnerships, says Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten

SUPPORTING PHOTOS

Please download a selection of supporting photography, including ship renderings, cuisine, cabins and public areas see https://bit.ly/expeditionnorway

Further inquiries

  • Nicole Taylor, nicole.taylor@hkstrategies.com
  • VP Global PR Øystein Knoph (Oslo), oystein.knoph@hurtigruten.com, +47 977 39 224

 

Hurtigruten - World leader in exploration travel 

Building on 125 years of Norwegian pioneering heritage, Hurtigruten is today the world's largest expedition cruise company. 

Hurtigruten’s rapidly growing fleet of custom-build expedition ships takes modern-day adventure travellers to the world’s most spectacular destinations on our Planet - from the High North to Antarctica in the south. 

Being the world leader in exploration travel comes with a great responsibility. Hurtigruten is enhancing destinations and runs an responsible, sustainable global operation. Read more about Hurtigruten's sustainability efforts here. 

Hurtigruten Health and Safety

The health and safety of guests and staff has always been and will continue to be the number one priority for Hurtigruten. Following all safety guidelines as recommended by the Norwegian Government, Hurtigruten has built on its existing health and safety procedures to introduce additional practices to help keep you and those you travel with safe. These include:

  • Every crew member undergoes a health check and have completed WHO’s official COVID-19 course for hygiene procedures and infection management
  • We have strict cleaning practices on board that have proven themselves effective time and again over decades of safe sailing
  • We will have more seating sessions and individual plating instead of self-service buffets. The kitchen will uphold its usual high standards of hygiene and quality
  • Before embarkation, you will be required to hand in a health questionnaire which ensures the safety of you, your fellow passengers and our crew
  • You should keep a reasonable distance from others. Markings on the ships will help you keep a safe distance while queuing
  • Make sure you uphold good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitiser. Sanitising dispensers will be placed at the entrance to the ship and in other strategic locations throughout the decks.

 

For more information regarding health and safety procedures onboard and offboard please visit: https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/practical-information/health-and-safety/

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