Hurtigruten, the small-ship expedition line from Norway known for its cruises to the Norwegian Fjords, Greenland and Antarctica, will be opening new world cruise segments from Port Canaveral aboard its 272-passenger, 12,700-ton Fram. Though a stop in South Florida is not what one would expect in terms of expedition cruising, the move will help provide North American cruisers with a convenient point of entry to experience Hurtigruten.
There will be three new segments out of Port Canaveral for Fram's second world cruise of 2008, a 67-night Reykjavik to Ushuaia sailing scheduled to begin on September 23. All three depart on October 18.
The options set to debut include a 41-night Port Canaveral to Ushuaia with stops in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Antarctica; a 19-night Caribbean and Panama Canal sailing from Port Canaveral to Callao; and a 27-night Port Canaveral to Valparaiso cruise that tacks on eight additional nights in South America to the 19-night option.
Passengers will now be able to embark from six different U.S. departures -- there are also three segments available out of New York -- where they can cruise various portions of the Pole to Pole world voyage.
Editor's Note: We must say, however, that in typically flexible expedition cruising fashion, other segment options may be available upon request. For a complete itinerary, check out the Hurtigruten Web site.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
Hurtigruten Adds Port Canaveral Embarks for World Cruise Segments
March 8, 2008