Hurtigruten Group has announced a strategic adaptation of its fleet, which will see MS Otto Sverdrup relocated to Hurtigruten Norway and MS Maud leaving the Norwegian coast to be deployed to the Arctic and Antarctica.
This fleet adjustment is a natural extension of Hurtigruten's recent restructuring, which created dedicated support functions for Hurtigruten Expeditions and Hurtigruten Norway.
“This is an important milestone for the company as we strengthen Hurtigruten Norway's iconic position on the Norwegian coast and give Hurtigruten Expeditions more flexibility to build new, high-end expedition itineraries in some of the most adventurous, remote places around the world,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO Hurtigruten Group.
The addition of MS Otto Sverdrup bolsters Hurtigruten Norway’s fleet, which will now consist of three hybrid ships and nine overall.
Previously operating out of Hamburg with a primary focus on the German market, MS Otto Sverdrup will continue its operations within the Hurtigruten Norway business.
Meanwhile, Hurtigruten Expeditions will now sail six, small custom-built cruise ships — including the world’s first battery-hybrid powered ship, MS Roald Amundsen — taking guests to over 250 destinations in more than 30 countries.
Immersive new itineraries
Hurtigruten also revealed that the small and purpose-built expedition ship MS Maud will be deployed for a new, immersive expedition cruise series in 2024.
The highlight of this new series is the 17-day Antarctica, Patagonia, and Chilean Fjords Expedition, which will set sail from Punta Arenas, Chile.
In addition, MS Maud will embark on 23- and 24-day voyages from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Antarctica and Punta Arenas, giving guests with the opportunity to explore South America, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia on a single trip.
New 24 itineraries:
• 23-day Life Returns - Springtime Expedition to Antarctica
• 17-day Eternal Beauty of Chilean Patagonia and Antarctica
• 24-day Antarctic Cruise to the Late Summer Sun
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