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 Hurtigruten 2013/14 Explorer Brochure
 

Hurtigruten 2013/14 Explorer Brochure

 

 

30 May 2012

 

HURTIGRUTEN LAUNCHES 2013/14 EXPLORER BROCHURE WITH NEW ITINERARIES

AND FIRST EVER DEPARTURE FROM LONDON


Hurtigruten has launched its 2013/14 Explorer Voyages brochure, featuring trips to Spitsbergen, Greenland, Antarctica and Europe.  The brochure feature a voyage that offers the chance to spend Christmas Day in South Georgia plus three new European voyages including an itinerary that explores Norway and Scotland before finishing in Greenwich and another that departs from Greenwich and explores the UK before heading over to Hamburg. This is the first time Hurtigruten has featured the London port of Greenwich. In addition, extra dates have been added on popular itineraries to provide clients with additional departures.  

Expedition cruises are becoming more and more popular as customers are not only seeking the more unusual and exciting destinations but they are also wanting to be educated on the areas that they are visiting.  Hurtigruten customers are well travelled and looking for new experiences and the Explorer programme fulfills this requirement. Nature programmes on the television focusing around colder climes such as the Frozen Planet and Prince Harry’s trek in Spitsbergen have put a focus on these areas, which in turn is driving demand. As our ships are smaller, we encourage clients to book early to avoid disappointment. It’s exciting news that  Hurtigruten will have two voyages that include the UK in 2013 and these offer customers something a little different, but still with the popular Hurtigruten style.  We have grown our European sailing from five this year to eight in 2013 as they prove extremely popular.

The new brochure also features a 20% early booking discount expiry date. The discount will run until the allotment has run out on each departure, another reason why early booking is essential.

Highlights include:

ANTARCTICA:

-          THE GREAT ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION – this is the first time a voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and Antarctica will depart from Ushuaia. Departing on 1 December 2013, this 19-day itinerary costs from £4758pp including the voyage on a full board basis, flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and transfers in Ushuaia.

-          SOUTH GEORGIA ANNIVERSARY VOYAGE – this Christmas voyage has been renamed and 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 islands main town on 25 December 1913. This church was pre-built in separate parts in Norway and bought to South Georgia. Departing on 19 December, this 17-day itinerary costs from £6049pp including the voyage on a full board basis, flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and transfers in Ushuaia. Due to demand to go even further into and cross the Antarctic Circle, a second departure of the ‘Antarctica Peninsula - Polar Circle Expedition’ has been added. This travels to an area of Antarctica few others have laid eyes on. Now available on 22 January and 3 February 2014. Priced from £5177pp including the voyage on a full board basis, flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and transfers in Ushuaia.|

EUROPE

-          HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS – Norwegian Fjords and Scotland – this brand 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 22 April 2013 and costs from £1724pp voyage only.

-          WESTERN EUROPE – BRITISH ISLES EXPLORER – offered for the first time, this itinerary that starts from Greenwich 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 its 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 £2498pp voyage only.

-          SOUTHERN EUROPE – EASTER VOYAGE – this Easter, MS Fram will go 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 28 March 2013, this week long trip costs from £832pp voyage only.

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 31 May and 7 July 2013 and costs from £ 3662pp including the voyage on a FB basis and flights beween 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 are now available departing 14, 21 and 28 August 2013 with prices from £3117pp voyage only.

For more information email reservations on info@inspirations-travel.co.za or call 031 2660030.