Cruising in Antarctica
Antarctica is different from anything else you will ever experience. A continent enclosed by a cold water current circling a landmass so large that the total area of France, Germany and Spain would fit in – ten times. It is so cold that only two species of vascular plants have found it habitable here. It is covered with a sheet of ice averaging a thickness of more than 2000 meters. There are no permanent human inhabitants but millions of penguins. It is a feeding area for thousands of whales in the Austral summer. Above all, it is a continent dedicated to science and peace. Words simply does not describe the feeling of being on the Great White Continent.
Three of Hurtigruten’s Explorer ships take you as close as possible to Antarctic wildlife and untouched wilderness. Each of the vessels offer a fascinating and varied schedule of landings, all designed to create unforgettable memories. MS Fram carries only 200 guests, while MS Midnatsol and MS Roald Amundsen carry 500 each. This relatively small passenger size allows Hurtigruten Explorer ships to make landings in some of the most spectacular scenery of the area, following IAATA regulations. MS Fram, as a category 1 vessel, offers the widest possible range of landing sites. Unlike other cruise ships, Hurtigruten’s tender boats launch from the mid-deck, creating smoother, safer and quicker embarkation times.
The Expedition Teams on board each ship are experts in marine biology, arctic survival, oceanography, photography and more, to help make your journey an unforgettable experience. Safety is Hurtigruten’s highest priority. All crew are experts in extreme conditions with years of experience and deep knowledge of the environment.
New in 2019
Launching in mid-2019, MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten is adding to its fleet. Her first season in Antarctica will be in Winter 2019-20. She is a state-of-the art expedition ship; quieter, smoother and cleaner than any other. Features include all outside cabins, 3 specialist restaurants, a large gym, pool and Jacuzzi. Best of all, the ship represents a major step forward for sustainable travel. Her cutting edge hybrid technology means she will be able to glide almost silently on electric power through pristine waters. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar regions and will serve as your advanced base camp at sea.
Below is a selection of some of the Antarctic cruises on offer in Winter 2018-19. You can find full details of all itineraries on offer for 2018-19 and 2019-20 in the online brochures by clicking these buttons, Worldwide Explorer 2018-19 Worldwide Explorer 2019-20
For full package prices in Euro to include international flights, full board voyage and optional land-based add-ons, please call us on 01-210 8391.
Ship: MS Fram
Voyage Duration: 23 days
Departure Dates: 06 – 28 Dec 2018, 27 Dec 2018 – 18 Jan 2019, 17 Jan – 08 Feb 2019 and 07 Feb – 01 Mar 2019
Ship: MS Midnatsol
Voyage Duration: 15 days
Departure Dates: 20 Dec 2018 – 03 Jan 2019
On board the Hurtigruten ships you enjoy all comforts of a modern vessel as you follow in the wake of Antarctic explorers such as Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. You will see historic sights including polar cabins and scientific bases. Visiting the White Continent, even in the relative luxury of a modern ship, still feels like an adventure and a rare privilege.
Find out more about life on board and itineraries on offer in Antarctica in 2018/19 by viewing the online brochures above (NB: prices in sterling and for voyage only). Then give Project Travel a call on 01 – 210 8391. We will check for any special offers on or near your travel dates to give you the best value. We will price the entire package for you in Euro to include flights and any hotel nights required before and/or after the voyage. What’s more, we can usually offer better prices than Hurtigruten for travel from Ireland.
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