Around the World, Again

Hurtigruten is offering a second world cruise

By: Ana Figueroa

Hurtigruten is heading north on its second world cruise, beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina, on Feb. 27, visiting Antarctica, the eastern ports of South America, Europe, the Baltic nations and Russia, and ending on May 21 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The 85-day adventure, aboard the world’s newest expedition ship, the 318-passenger MS Fram, is being offered in 11- to 18-night segments, providing the guests with the opportunity to experience those parts of the itinerary most interesting to them.

A special two-for-one offer allows a companion sharing the same cabin to sail at no charge on the two South America/Antarctica segments. Prices range from $4,199 to $15,499 per person, double occupancy, depending on segment(s) and cabin/suite chosen.

Each geographic segment offers its own customized focus, ranging from the diversity and beauty of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia; Brazil’s hidden treasures with five stops; Europe from A to Z Portugal, Spain, France, UK, Netherlands and Germany; the Baltic Sea Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Gotland; and the North Sea path from the UK to Iceland. Port calls range from six to 12 hours and the smaller size of the ship and modern facilities allows for easy transfers to and from ports so guests can maximize their time ashore.

Rates include selected cabin category, all meals on board and lectures by experts and naturalist guides. The 12,700-ton eight-deck ship, the first cruise ship built exclusively for sailing in the challenging maritime environment of Greenland, makes significant use of that country’s culture as inspiration for design while incorporating a distinctly Scandinavian feel with the extensive use of wool, leather and oak. A variety of suites and junior suites offer queen-size beds and TVs. The ship also features excellent conference and meeting facilities, an Internet cafe, a large glass-enclosed observation salon offering panoramic views of the outside scenery, restaurant with ocean views, wellness center with saunas, work-out room and two glass-screened heated outdoor whirlpools. A fuel surcharge of $6 per day is additional.