Hurtigruten to sail in Alaska for first time in 2020

Hurtigruten to sail in Alaska for first time in 2020
Hurtigruten’s new hybrid ship Roald Amundsen will spend her 2020 season in Alaska (Image: Shutterstock)

Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten is expanding its expedition programme to include its first-ever trips to Alaska from 2020 onboard the new hybrid-powered cruise ship Roald Amundsen.

Roald Amundsen, which will use large battery packs and green technology, will be the first hybrid powered cruise ship to sail in the region. Her expanded programme offers eight- to 18-day voyages to Alaska’s Inside Passage, combined with off-the-beaten-track destinations, such as Petersburg. 

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

Guests will be able to enjoy various shore excursions led by Hurtigruten’s Expedition Team, which consists of geologists, biologists, geographers and more. 

“Imagine kayaking in pristine waters, hiking through untouched wilderness and spotting bears, whales, caribou or eagles,” said Skjeldam. “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.” 

Roald Amundsen will conclude her 2020 Alaska season with a North West Passage transit from Nome to Halifax, Canada via Greenland.

The 2020-2021 Hurtigruten expedition programme also includes trips by Spitsbergen to Russia and Franz Josef Land, a selection of Svalbard expeditions on multiple ships, warm water expeditions to the Caribbean, and several South- and Central America voyages on Roald Amundsen.

2020 will mark the debut of Hurtigruten’s second hybrid ship, Fridtjof Nansen, which will explore Greenland, Iceland, the Norwegian fjords and like her namesake, will venture to the Antarctic Circle. 

“Along with her sister ship Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen will define a new era of expedition cruising,” said Skjeldam. “Green technology combined with premium comfort, the unique Hurtigruten atmosphere and outstanding culinary experiences, will allow our guests to make the most of their personal adventure.”

 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Wednesday, December 5, 2018