Hurtigruten has launched its ‘Explorer Voyages’ stand-alone brochure for 2012/13 with a range of new itineraries including a new ‘National Park Expedition’ that encompasses three Arctic islands and the North East Greenland National Park, a Trans-Atlantic crossing and a new ‘Autumn Adventure’ in Europe including stops in the Orkneys, Shetlands and Edinburgh.The operator has also doubled the departures on its most popular Antarctica voyage, ‘The Classic Expedition’ to meet the growing demand it is experiencing following the new fuel rules in the region set by the International Maritime Agency (IMA) which come into effect from August 1.
The company's managing director, Kathryn Beadle, said: "Keeping our Explorer product separate has proved really successful and agents have really embraced it. Our current season 2011 has sold well, with Spitsbergen showing particularly good growth. Feedback from agents tells us that customers like the unique places that can be visited on our voyages and we’ve worked hard to introduce even more for 2012/13. These types of voyages tend to be booked up to a year in advance so I urge agents to get behind this product and start promoting it now to ensure they maximise on sales."
As an example of a newly featured itinerary, an eight-day Autumn Adventure begins in Reykjavik, Iceland and sets off across the North Sea toward Torshavn on one of the 18 Faroe Islands. The cruise then heads to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, with calls also at Leith/Edinburgh before crossing the North Sea to Bergen. It departs on September 19, 2012 and costs from £872 per person based on full board, cruise-only. For the first time the brochure also lists possible excursions on the Greenland and Antarctica voyage to help agents pre-sell and earn from extra tours.
For more information call 020-8846 2666 or visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk/agents