Hurtigruten have everything you need for a truly unique cruising experience through the lesser known areas of Norway, Greenland, Europe and Antarctica on quaint ships, enabling guests to discover places not often visited by tourists. While the Hurtigruten Cruises fleet was designed to carry freight and mail between remote regions, and still remain as working mail ships today, the fleet is nevertheless kitted out for comfort with numerous lounges to enjoy, well-equipped gyms, hot tubs and locally sourced cuisine to give you a taste of each region on your cruise.
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Prior to boarding all guests are required to hand in a health questionnaire and have their temperature checked. They are also encouraged to frequently wash their hands with the hand sanitizer provided at locations across the ship. All crew must undergo a health check before boarding and have completed a COVID-19 course on hygiene protocol. They are also first-aid trained.
Embarkation and disembarkation are staggered to avoid crowding, and once onboard social distancing is maintained through fewer guests onboard, more seating sessions in the restaurants (which will no longer be self-service), limited use of facilities such as the pools, sauna and gym and markings to help manage queueing. In addition, expedition ships to remote locations carry a doctor onboard and several cabins are reserved as isolation accommodation should the need arise.
The journey you take on a Hurtigruten cruise doesn't just take you along Norway's amazing coastline, it also takes you on a culinary journey that focuses not only on delicious food, but also on sourcing sustainable, fresh and local ingredients. No matter whether you choose to eat a three course, sit down meal or fill up your plate as many times as you want at one of the buffet, you can expect authentic Norwegian cuisine lovingly prepared by some of the most passionate chefs at sea.
While there may not be any onboard shows during your Hurtigruten cruise, this doesn't mean that there's no entertainment. With floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the ships, guests can sit back with a drink in hand and marvel at the incredible views across the sea and the coastline of some of Norway's most breathtaking locations.
In addition, for those moments when the Northern Lights makes an appearance, the observation deck is the place to be, offering unrivalled, front seat views of one of the world's most beautiful sights.
Although Hurtigruten Cruises are more than happy to welcome cruisers of all ages, they do not provide child care, kids clubs or specific family activities onboard, although much of what is on offer can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.
Sailing to some of the most fascinating parts of the world, guests can expect to be staring up in awe at the Northern Lights, enjoying the stunning curved landscape of the Fjords or delving into the Drake Passage and down to the Antarctic Peninsula. It’s these sorts of itineraries that make Hurtigruten Cruises such a once in a lifetime experience.
An exploration around Antarctica is a truly remarkable experience as you will come close to some of the world's most endangered species including whales and penguins, while cruising the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland allows you to capture the most incredible views you will ever see, from the Northern Lights to sculptured fjords, be sure your camera has plenty of memory.
Not only do Hurtigruten Cruises explore some wonderful destinations, they offer a range of exciting excursions for you to experience. From enjoying the incredible scenery of the Lofoten Islands on a horse to dog sledding through the snow in Norway. Some of the amazing excursions you can experience include:
Rather than flashy entertainment, Hurtigruten likes to ensure that guests can choose to enjoy their cruise at their own pace when onboard the ships. During sea days or after a day of shore excursions, onboard activities include ship bridge visits, painting activities and expert talks covering the science and history of the regions sailed. There are also quizzes, a ship library and an opportunity to tour the onboard art.
In addition, guests can choose to let off some energy at the ships' gyms and sweat our their stresses with a trip to the sauna before taking in the incredible ocean views and rugged Norwegian coastline from the warm waters of a hot tub on deck.
Whether you're voyaging along the rugged Norwegian coastline or embarking on an Arctic Circle adventure, do so in the utmost comfort and style by staying in one of Hurtigruten's suites:
Onboard a Hurtigruten cruise, the dress code is smart casual, even during the Captain's welcome drink. Comfortable, functional clothing is advised for shore excursions so that guests can be comfortable and able to make the most out of each and every destination.