Hurtigruten returns to Antarctica with MS Fram and MS Roald Amundsen

   October 3, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

The world’s largest expedition cruise company Hurtigruten returns to Antarctica with the battery-hybrid powered ships MS Fram and MS Roald Amundsen.

Both vessels will once again bring passengers to explore the White Continent as of November & December, departing from homeport Punta Arenas (Chile).

Due to the travel restrictions, the third vessel planned for Antarctica - MS Fridtjof Nansen, will be sailing to the coast of Norway out of Hamburg (Germany). She will complement the refurbished MS Otto Sverdrup, as most of her voyages are sold out for 2022-Q1.

Affected passengers have been contacted with rebooking options.

MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship

With strong 2022 booking numbers demonstrating pent-up demand for adventure travel, Hurtigruten now prepares for:

  • MS Roald Amundsen set sail on her first Antarctica expedition from Punta Arenas (Chile) on November 25
  • MS Fram, initially due to depart from Ushuaia (Argentina) commence her 2021-2022 Antarctica season from Punta Arenas on December 14
  • MS Fridtjof Nansen, originally scheduled for Antarctica 2021-2022, have her first departure from Hamburg (Germany) in January 2022.

All passengers and crew for all Antarctica expeditions will be vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.

The first departure of MS Roald Amundsen will be a Solar Eclipse voyage. The vessel will bring passengers to the Scotia Sea close to the South Orkney Islands, a group of 4 islands ~400 miles northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. As the region’s next solar eclipse phenomenon won't occur for ~400 years, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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