Norwegian exploration travel company Hurtigruten has named the first two new hybrid powered expedition ships Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen after the two most influential Norwegian polar pioneers. The new ships have been designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with the recognised Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino, and are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019.
The christening of Hurtigruten’s new explorer vessel, MS Spitsbergen, has seen a crowd of thousands gather in the town square of Svolvaer, a fishing village in Lofoten. The destination is one of the most spectacular in the world for adventure travel, and truly one of the highlights of the Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyages.
As the MS Fram traverses the waters of Northern Europe, its comfortable size allows for easy off/on access, many times in the center of cities, and a more personalized approach to educating guests on the local histories, cultures and things to do along the way.
Guests can enjoy early booking savings of up to 20% on five exciting Antarctic exploration voyages offered by award-winning cruise company, Hurtigruten, if booked by Dec. 31, 2011.
Guests can immerse themselves in Greenland, learning about the country’s Inuit culture through direct interaction and conversation on Hurtigruten’s 2012 “Heart of Greenland” explorer voyage. Those travelers booking by December 31, 2011 save 10% off regular fares.
Hurtigruten , the subject of the recent Guinness World Record-breaking “Longest Live TV Documentary,” is inviting travelers to celebrate the start of 2012 by experiencing firsthand what six million viewers tuned in to see – the company’s award-winning Norwegian coastal cruise.
Hurtigruten has extended its early-booking deals on four of its seven Antarctic itineraries, with savings of up to 20% on the Nov. 2011 through Feb. 2012 sailings.