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HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) Cruises

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About HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) Cruises

Following a rebrand in 2023, HX is the new name for Hurtigruten Expeditions. With six ships -- MS Santa Cruz ll, MS Maud, MS Fram, MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Spitsbergen -- it forms the Hurtigruten Group's expanding expedition arm.

In 2021 the company decided to split its cruise section so passengers could easily differentiate between the two independent brands; the other being the coastal route that operates along the Norwegian coastline. The rebrand culminated in 2023 with Hurtigruten Expeditions being renamed HX and ships painted with the new livery.

At the same time Hurtigruten Norway's Coastal Express had the name shortened to Hurtigruten, the original name of the iconic route it launched in 1893. This section encompasses a fleet of 10 ships that sail year-round along the Norwegian coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes carrying locals, freight and cruise passengers.

When the split was announced Hurtigruten said the rebrand would enable passengers to easily distinguish between the two different cruise experiences. HX's vessels include the 530-passenger MS Roald Amundsen, billed as the world’s first-ever battery-hybrid-powered ship, and its sister ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen. The other vessels include the 90-passenger MS Santa Cruz ll, which sails in the Galapagos, and the 570-passenger MS Maud, which will join HX from Hurtigruten in January 2024 to sail in Antarctica.

A new itinerary has seen HX become the first cruise line to exclusively sail the West African archipelagos of both Cape Verde and the Bissagos islands.

The two brands, HX and Hurtigruten, are owned by the Norwegian-based Hurtigruten Group. The company's pioneering history began in 1893 when Captain Richard With skippered a steamer to establish a regular sea link along the Norwegian coast to transport passengers and deliver essential supplies to remote towns and villages. The new connection was called Hurtigruten, meaning "the fast route" in Norwegian.

Today's Hurtigruten Group also operates hotels, restaurants and land-based activities under the Hurtigruten Svalbard arm and owns a 25 percent share in Ecuador-based Metropolitan Touring, which offers sustainable travel in the protected Galapagos islands.

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HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) cruise ships?

As a global brand HX attracts a mix of curious passengers, many from North America and the U.K., that want to explore and experience worldwide destinations in a meaningful and sustainable way. Many of them will have traveled on Hurtigruten's Norwegian coastal route.

In common with any expedition sailing, it is beneficial to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most from the voyage.

Do I have to dress up on a HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) cruise?

The dress code is casual and relaxed and there is no need to pack any formal attire for dinner. For excursions pack clothes appropriate for the weather in the region being visited. The line provides a useful online packing list covering both polar waters and expeditions to warmer climates such as the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

Is everything free on HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) cruises?

Voyages include a high number of inclusions, such as selected excursions, drinks with lunch and dinner, unlimited tea and coffee, Wi-Fi and a refillable water bottle (on cold weather sailings there is a complimentary parka). Onboard activities include expert lectures, use of the ship's science center, a citizen science program which allows passengers to assist with scientific research and a professional onboard photographer to share tips for the best landscape and wildlife photos. Additional excursions cost extra.

What are HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions)’s most popular activities?

Depending on the destination, wildlife watching and viewing passing scenery are among the top activities when the ship is sailing. Each port of call brings a range of optional shore tours, which might include active pursuits such as kayaking and hiking or unusual experiences such as a sheepdog demonstration on an Irish farm or having lunch in the crater of a volcano in Cape Verde.

Best for: Anyone looking for an immersive small ship experience combining exploration and scientific research with in-depth lectures and a wide choice of far-flung destinations.

Not for: Passengers that prefer large action-packed mega-ships, late night bars and entertainment, wide choice of dining options.

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