Published on : Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen has decided to embark on a series of short break expedition cruises in the U.K. waters in September, making Hurtigruten the first expedition cruise line to depart from a U.K. port ever since the country entered coronavirus lockdown back during March. The schedule will consist of four sailings departing from Portsmouth (September 2), Liverpool (September 7), Glasgow (September 12) and Liverpool (September 17).
The ground-breaking hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship will offer a limited number of guests the chance to visit remote parts of the striking British coastline, where they can take in nature and cultural experiences together with making complete use of their expedition landing boats. The cruise ship will visit hand-picked destinations such as the Isles of Scilly, Fowey, Rathlin Island, Fort William, Oban, Fishguard and Waterford.
Anthony Daniels, U.K. General Manager, Hurtigruten, said in a statement that the company is delighted to offer guests the short break expedition cruises to experience the British coastline onboard the pioneering hybrid ship, MS Roald Amundsen. He confirmed that the ship will take guests to lesser-visited parts of the British Isles, so that they can be closer to nature, and conservation projects. He mentioned that it would be a great opportunity for travellers who will embark on expedition cruising for the first time, but from closer to home.
He added that having operated in Norway throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and having recently restarting regular operations in Norway, the robust health and safety procedures on and off board would allow guests to relax so that they can enjoy their short break in the U.K. waters to the fullest. However, the sailings will operate at a reduced maximum capacity of 350 guests (approximately 65% of total berths) in order to maintain safety protocols.