“Across the Northwest Passage” cruise will depart
August 15, 2020 from Greenland to Alaska; guests will
journey to remote fjords, glaciers, harbors and uninhabited islands in Canada’s High Arctic.
Technology-wise, Scenic Eclipse will have zero-speed
stabilizer fins, 50 percent larger than the norm for
greater stability; a Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super)
rating; redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety
systems and food refrigeration; and a GPS dynamic
positioning system allowing for stationary positioning
without an anchor, reducing any environmental affect
in sensitive regions.
In 2020, a second, sister vessel will launch on itineraries to the European and Russian Arctic, Northwest
Passage and Antarctica.
Founded in 1893 to operate voyages on Norway’s
western and northern coast, today Hurtigruten sails to
many other destinations including Arctic Canada and
Antarctica, for which it will offer 30 departure dates in
2020/2021 on itineraries ranging from 12 to 23 days.
Hurtigruten will launch its new hybrid-powered,
Roald Amundsen, this year, a sister expedition ship,
Fridtjof Nansen in 2020, and an as-yet-unnamed 530-pas-
senger ship in 2021. One new option? Roald Amundsen
will kick off a season of 12- to 16-day itineraries
throughout Alaska in 2020.
“Alaska is a perfect fit for Hurtigruten and our
expedition cruise concept,” says Daniel Skjeldam, CEO,
Hurtigruten. “We will go where the big ships can’t, taking guests far beyond the ordinary while exploring the
true beauty of Alaska.” Voyages will feature the Inside
Passage, smaller ports including Petersburg, AK, and
off-the-beaten path, wilderness exploration. After its
Alaska season, Roald Amundsen will make a Northwest
Passage transit from Nome, AK, to Halifax, N.S., via
Equipped with large battery packs, Roald Amundsen
features hybrid propulsion technology; that and other
eco-features will reduce fuel consumptions and CO2
emissions by 20 percent. “Imagine kayaking in pristine
waters, hiking through untouched wilderness and spot-
ting bears, whales, caribou and eagles [and] then return-
ing to the comfort of an expedition ship you know is
greener than any other ship you have experienced,”
In addition, the ship has the world’s tallest screen at
sea: 57 feet wide and spanning seven decks. It’s located
in the atrium, facing the three all-glass elevators, and
towers all the way up to and including deck 10. With
cutting-edge LED technology, the screen will provide a
resolution beyond 4K Ultra-HD, bringing and magnifying “the splendid beauty of the passing nature, to the
guests inside,” Skjeldam says.
For groups of eight or more traveling together,
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has
launched a new onboard Milestone Package for its
2019 “Exploring Alaska’s Coast Wilderness” voyages.
Applicable to all new Alaska bookings if requested at
the time of booking, this package will provide great
perks for a clan of family or friends seeking a milestone
voyage to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, multigener-
ational reunion, graduation, retirement or vow renewal.
The Milestone Package consists of an in-cabin wel-
come gift; 5 percent off fares; a $150 gift card for use
onboard in the Global Gallery, a LEXspa treatment,
bottle of champagne at dinner or to apply toward the
bar tab; a complimentary voyage DVD; complimentary
custom group photograph taken by the LEX-NG photo
instructor; and a celebratory cake. Group cancellation
terms apply, and the package isn’t combinable with
This summer, Lindblad Expeditions-National
Geographic will have four ships in Alaska, including
two 100-passenger new builds — National Geographic
Quest and the newly launched National Geographic
Venture. The expedition line is offering an Alaska
incentive for travel advisors for new 2019 Alaska
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The new 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance (here) launches in
2020. Hurtigruten will launch its new hybrid-powered ship, Roald Amundsen
(below), this year.