Havila Voyages has finalised its membership of ABTA following the completion of all financial and regulatory criteria.

The expedition cruise line has also created a new 32-page brochure for travel agents to provide “detailed information about ships, route and excursions”.

Havila Voyages UK head of sales Matthew Valentine said: “It’s been an exciting first year of operations, with two ships now operating and a further two ships being added to the fleet in 2023.

“Our travel agent colleagues have been incredibly supportive over this period and we also now have agreements in place with a number of UK tour operators.

“We hope our membership of ABTA demonstrates that we recognise the importance of the UK travel trade in the future growth of our business.

“Consumers trust the ABTA brand and its code of conduct remains a very powerful selling tool, in particular giving them the financial reassurance to book.”

In June last year, Havila Voyages completed the first zero-emission cruise through the Geirangerfjord in Norway.

Havila Voyages is also supporting an initiative, alongside a series of other maritime and shipping organisations, to work towards reducing emissions from shipping by 100 per cent by 2030, in line with Norway’s national climate goals.

Havila Voyages CEO Bent Martini explained: “This is completely in line with our visions for the future of our industry in general, and along the coastal route. Therefore, it was only natural for us to support this initiative.

“In many ways, we have already set a new standard both in the world heritage fjords and along the coastal route and have proven that it is possible today to reduce our emissions significantly, while at the same time have forward-looking and achievable thoughts for the future.”

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