Hurtigruten To Boost Fleet, Orders New Explorer Ships

Hurtigruten has announced it has ordered 2 new explorer ships to meet growing demand for the adventure travel market. Scheduled to be delivered in summer 2018 and summer 2019, both vessels will be constructed at Kleven Verft in its native Norway and represents the biggest investment for the line in its 123-year history.


From initial renderings, the state-of-the-art ships will boast a markedly different look from the existing Hurtigruten ships and carry advanced environmentally-friendly technology to reduce emissions. They will each offer approximately 300 cabins (with a good proportion of these featuring private balconies) for 600 passengers and tailored to support an array of adventure activities including whale and sea eagle safaris, kayaking and RIB tours.


Hurtigruten currently operates a fleet of 12 ships plying its classic coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes, as well as expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The line is on an aggressive expansion and is due to add a 13th vessel, the ms Spitsbergen, next month.


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