Hurtigruten Expeditions has added more West African expedition cruises for the 2023/24 season spanning Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.
The cruises aboard Spitsbergen based out of Dakar, Senegal, are the most extensive in Hurtigurten’s history and make it the only cruise line with such a broad range of West African cruises.
“Exploration is not solely about geography; it’s a mindset. We receive clear feedback from guests that they want to experience new ways to explore, and in more places,” said Asta Lassesen, CEO, Hurtigruten Expeditions.
“This is the reason why we continue to launch and expand our offerings to immerse in nature, culture, history, and science across the whole planet,” he added. “We offer travel with learning and personal development. Our guests want their journey to have meaning and depth – while they explore unparalleled destinations leaving the lowest possible climate and nature footprint.”
In addition to the new West African itineraries, other new itineraries for 2023/24 include lesser-visited destinations and national parks in South America and North America.
More small-ship Caribbean and Central American expedition cruises have also been added, enabling guests to explore local beaches, cultures and small communities.
North American national parks with natural reserves both on the east and west coasts of the United States are also now on offer, as well as “greener” exploration onboard Hurtigruten’s sustainable Fridtjof Nansen and its sister ship Roald Amundsen.
The twin hybrid ships Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen will offer six North American expedition cruises.
Guests can also now book a new 10-day expedition cruise from Panama to Barbados.
A total of 32 expedition cruise packages are on offer, where small-ship expedition cruising can be combined with land-based exploration of destinations like Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Galapagos Islands, and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.
Hurtigruten Expeditions said that all its cruises feature a large onboard expedition team with experts “handpicked for each itinerary.” Leading up to the 2023-24 season, the size of the expedition team on all Hurtigruten Expeditions’ ships will be increased even further, according to the cruise line.
More expedition equipment such as kayaks, canoes, boats, and science experiments will also be added, allowing guests a greater range of ways to experience the destinations.