Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Hurtigruten's Line-Up For 2013/14

Fancy sailing around the British Isles from Greenwich on board a Hurtigruten ship? Or spending Christmas Day on South Georgia with the penguins and celebrating 100 years to the day since the Whalers Church was consecrated? All this and much more is now possible with Hurtigruten's latest programme of ‘Explorer’ voyages, with their trips to Spitsbergen, Greenland, Antarctica and Europe in 2013/14 featuring new itineraries and additional departure dates due to ever-increasing demand for these remote places in the world.

New itineraries include:

This Christmas voyage will have an extended stay in South Georgia including Christmas Day, which in 2013 marks 100 years since the Whalers Church was consecrated in Grytviken, the island's main town. This church was pre-built in separate parts in Norway and brought to South Georgia. This epic journey to Antarctica is via the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Orkneys. Departing on December 19, the 17-day itinerary includes the voyage on a full board basis, flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and transfers in Ushuaia. Based on two sharing.

EUROPE: HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS – Norwegian Fjords and Scotland, from £1,724pp

This new itinerary travels from Bergen to Greenwich with many stops along the way. Before leaving Norway, the ship will explore Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord then cross the North Sea to Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and the northernmost town in Scotland. Then it’s on to Kirkwall on the Orkneys Islands before heading south to Greenwich with stops at Leith (Edinburgh) and Newcastle. This 10-day itinerary departs on April 22 and includes full board. Based on two sharing.

- WESTERN EUROPE, BRITISH ISLES EXPLORER: offered for the first time, this itinerary starts from Greenwich and takes in some of the very best of the UK. After sailing down the Thames, the ship visits Portsmouth and then the Isles of Scilly with their miles of white sandy beaches. Cobh and Dublin are called at in Ireland before heading to Douglas on the Isle of Man, Iona and Staffa in the Hebrides, Portree on the Isle of Skye, Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands, Leith (Edinburgh) and finally across the North Sea to Hamburg. This 12-day itinerary costs from £2,498pp including full board. Based on two sharing.

- SOUTHERN EUROPE, EASTER VOYAGE: next Easter, MS Fram will sail from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria to Lisbon in Portugal. It will visit Lanzarote on Good Friday, Agadir on Easter Saturday and Casablanca on Easter Sunday before heading off to Gibraltar, Portimao and finally Lisbon. Departing on March 28, this week-long trip costs from £832pp, including full board. Based on two sharing.

GREENLAND: An additional departure date has been added for the ‘Southern Fjords and Disko Bay – Glaciers and Ice’ itinerary that departs Reykjavik and travels the southwest tip of Greenland. The trip is now available on May 31 and July 7, 2013, and costs from £3,662pp including the voyage on a FB basis and flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq or vice versa.

SPITSBERGEN: Due to its popularity, an additional departure has been added for the Spitsbergen Circumnavigation itinerary – ‘In the realm of the Polar Bear,’ which offers the chance to travel the entire archipelago. Three nine-day trips are now available departing August 14, 21 and 28, 2013, with prices from £3,117pp, including full board. Based on two sharing.-

For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line Ltd, the UK's adventure-cruise specialists.