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The Northern lights in Norway's Lofoten Islands, captured in 2011.

Hurtigruten adds new expedition ship, MS Norway Explorer

July 21, 2015

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Hurtigruten will be adding one more ship to its current fleet of 13 with the purchase of a new expedition ship that will temporarily be named MS Norway Explorer.

“The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size will bring Hurtigruten’s guests even closer to nature,” says CEO Daniel Skjeldam. “We invest in our fleet to ensure that Hurtigruten remains a world leader in sustainable explorer travels along the Norwegian coast and polar destinations as well as enrich our guests’ unique experiences by expanding our service at destinations such as Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica.”

The ship was built in Portugal in 2009 at the Viana do Castelo shipyard and is now making its way to Scandinavia. The ship will undergo a total reconstruction including adapting for polar waters; upgrading the cabins, suites and public spaces for the 320 passengers; and adjusting the power plants and emissions so as to meet Hurtigruten’s high standards, the ship will then join the fleet along the Norwegian Coastal Voyage route. The new ship will replace the Midnatsol, which will join the MS Fram in Antarctica for the 2016/17 season.

Walter Christen's insight:

Adventure Expedition Cruise Line Hurtigruten is adding a new ship to their fleet and will be sailing the Norwegian coast after a complete overhaul and upgrade. The beautiful landscapes, ports of call rich in culture and history are only a few of the reasons to consider Hurtigruten.  Don't forget about the northern lights.

See what the Cruiseable Team think about Hurtigruten:

  • Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Cruises cover more than 1,100 miles between Bergen and Kirkenes.
  • Hurtigruten offers shore excursions ranging from coastal city tours to snowmobiling across the Tundra, viewing the Northern Lights or getting up close to Arctic birds on birding expeditions.
  • Ships visit 34 ports of call along the Norwegian coast, with some calls just 30 minutes and others as long as six hours.
  • Every Norwegian Coastal Cruise crosses the Arctic Circle.



Colleen Hilker: "That's me and my mom on our first sled dog excursion. We started out with a helicopter ride to see the sights around Juneau."

Alaskan cruise excursions: From glaciers to dog-sledding

July 15, 2015

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The entire scenic trip seemed like an epic film rolled out on grand scale on this 1,945-nautical mile trip up and down Alaska's Inside Passage. The 82,000-ton Noordam ship, with its 2,000 guests and 800 crew, may have looked to the humpback whales and orcas like their prehistoric parent as it cruised grandly northward from Vancouver, British Columbia. At 6:30 am on the first morning at sea, as I lounged on my perfectly wonderful veranda, a humpback sounded with a wave of his gigantic tail. I was sure that Holland America had staged it, on cue.

We traveled north by northwest and the natural setting of mountain ranges, sea and islands were draped in layers and tones of dark grey, silver grey and black by the mist and soft cloud cover. It was a day for taking in the vista but also to explore the ship: 11 decks high, two swimming pools, four hot tubs, 14 passenger elevators, 1 Promenade deck for leisurely walks, a Culinary Arts Center, The Destinations Cafe with computer stations (need better and faster connections), library and game rooms, clothing and jewelry shops, casinos, entertainment venues, the ever busy Greenhouse Spa with its myriad body and face treatments (I indulged in the hot stone massage).  


Walter Christen's insight:

Alaska is a must see cruise destination. This article covers Juneau, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Glacier Point Wilderness Safari in Haines during the writer's sailing on Holland America's Noordam

Antarctica Cruise | Travel to the Southern White Continent

July 7, 2015

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Explore the White Continent with Hurtigruten and MS Fram. Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints.

Walter Christen's insight:

Hurtigruten cruises to Antarctica.  Possibly the greatest adventure. 


Adventures by Disney announces additional 2016 river cruise sailings

June 23, 2015

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Looking forward to Adventures by Disney? You now have more options to enjoy this river cruise option now that new sailings have been added to the 2016 itinerary.

The cruise itineraries will take place in the months of July and August in 2016. Specific dates:

  • July 7-14, 2016
  • July 14-21
  • July 21-28
  • July 28 – August 4
  • August 4-11
Kirshan Murphy's insight:

"Travelers will visit eight destinations across four countries including Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Guests will be escorted by Disney Adventure Guides to tour scenes from the movie “The Sound of Music” in Salzburg, explore Devin Castle in Bratislava, and take a traditional Austrian folk dancing lesson in Melk."

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