Hurtigruten New Explorer Ships for 2018 sailings
Explore the Arctic with Hurtigruten on new state-of-the-art ships.
Hurtigruten has commissioned two 600-passenger vessels to explore the stunning, unspoilt Arctic. These ships will be designed and developed by Rolls-Royce and will be built at a Norwegian shipyard. They are due to be launched in the summer of 2018.
Hurtigruten holds an option for a further two ships.
The new vessels will explore some of the world’s most beautiful and unspoilt natural regions, providing activities such as climbing and kayaking, tours on rigid inflatables (RIBs), and whale and sea eagle safaris. More voyages to the Canadian Arctic are being considered for the 2018 /2019 season.
Sailing in Qasigiannguit, Greenland. image: Chelsea Claus
Hurtigruten prioritises sustainability, and the new ships will be equipped with advanced environmentally-friendly technology to reduce emissions, underlining its vision of playing a lead role when it comes to green shipping.
Daniel Skjeldam, Hurtigruten’s CEO says, “This is a milestone for us and an expression of our confidence in the growth of the global market for adventure tourism. We are to build the most formidable expedition ships the world has seen.”
“People no longer want to spend their holiday time being passive spectators. The new adventure traveller is looking for authentic experiences, which is why sedentary, standardized travel packages are becoming less popular and active adventure travel is booming” Skjeldam adds. “Our experience is that explorers travelling with Hurtigruten crave adventurous activities and mindfulness in combination, therefore Hurtigruten offers active voyages. We offer real experiences in local environments, just steps away from the wildlife.”
Sailing in Ivittuut, Greenland. image: Theme Media/Hilde Foss
Magnus Zetterberg UK Managing Director of Hurtigruten explains further, “We offer our guests a truly unique experience on-board all of our ships. Every season we’ve seen an increase in demand from guests to travel with Hurtigruten for the unrivalled range of adventure activities we offer. It has been more than ten years since Hurtigruten last placed an order for the construction of a new ship so the prospect of being able to expand this with the arrival of new vessels is very exciting.”
Details about the 2018/2019 voyages are generally announced 18 months before the voyage.
Image credit: Rolls Royce