Adventure cruises appeal to Chinese

Hong Kong 2 November 2017: Hurtigruten, an exploration travel specialist, has extended its partnership with Fliggy, the tourism brand of Alibaba.

The companies will offer five Antarctica voyages exclusively for the China market in 2019.

“Expedition cruising is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry and China is one of the most dynamic travel markets in the world,” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. The five voyages in 2019 will be an extension of a Hurtigruten cruise programme that will offer four Antarctica voyages through the Fliggy distribution channel for Chinese adventurers in January and February 2018.

The voyages will take place on Hurtigruten’s custom built expedition ship MS Midnatsol. Starting from Ushuaia, Argentina, the voyages will take Chinese guests across the Drake Passage to the unspoiled wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Guided by Hurtigruten’s Expedition Team, the guests will experience amazing wildlife such as penguins, seals, whales and a variety of sea birds.

They’ll also engage in a range of adventurous excursions such as kayaking among icebergs, snowshoeing and the possibility to go camping in one of the most remote and breathtaking corners of the world, the company’s promotions state.

With its nautical roots stretching back 125 years, Hurtigruten has grown to become one of the largest and most experienced operator in the Polar regions.  It is committed to supporting and protecting the waters and areas and is currently spearheading a campaign to ban heavy fuel oil from and impose stricter regulations for landings in Arctic waters – as already is found in Antarctica.

To enhance the onboard experience, MS Midnatsol is limited to 500 guests in Antarctic waters per sailing.

Hurtigruten offers voyages to Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, as well as South America and Antarctica, using 14 expedition ships, custom built for adventure travel.

Two new state-of-the-art expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, will revolutionise adventure travel at sea. They will be the world’s first hybrid battery powered cruise ships and are branded as the world’s safest, greenest and most advanced expedition ships.