Hurtigruten Expeditions’ MS Maud has departed from the Port of Dover to officially start the line’s expedition cruises from the UK.
The hybrid-powered ship will offer year-round sailings around the British Isles, Southern Scandinavia and Norway.
Hurtigruten Expeditions UK and EMEA general manager Anthony Daniels said: “We’ve been waiting patiently for this day to arrive and are delighted to finally see MS Maud set sail on her maiden voyage from the Port of Dover.
“Hurtigruten Expeditions are committed to investing in the UK travel industry and delivering guests new adventures, and our year-round sailings offer UK travellers an unrivalled expedition experience closer to home.
“From witnessing majestic nature in the Scottish Isles to spotting whales off the Norwegian coast, guests can anticipate a unique and adventurous voyage from the comfort of our small expedition ship MS Maud.”
The line stated that the 528-guest MS Maud is the “perfect size” to access remote destinations that larger cruise ships cannot reach. It can be powered using biofuel to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides.
Activities on board include the science centre, which the line said will allow guests to “gain a deeper understanding of the areas explored with lectures and workshops by Hurtigruten’s handpicked expedition team”.
Port of Dover head of cruise Sonia Limbrick said: “Ever since we were announced as UK homeport for Hurtigruten’s Expedition cruises back in June 2020, we have been eagerly awaiting and preparing for MS Maud’s arrival.
“It’s a proud moment for us all today as we embark on our new adventure together. We look forward to a great future supporting the Hurtigruten team and seeing year-round expedition cruising in Dover for the first time.”
Hurtigruten Expeditions returned to service in August 2021 with the departure of MS Otto Sverdrup from Hamburg.
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