Hurtigruten Cancels 2020/21 Antarctica Cruise Season

Hurtigruten (logo)Norwegian operator Hurtigruten has decided to cancel its remaining Antarctica cruise season through the first quarter of 2021, citing the impact of the pandemic. It will also reduce the capacity on the Norwegian coast.

The decision follows Hurtigruten’s announcement in September that it would suspend cruises in 2020, with plans to resume operations in January 2021.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is still affecting large parts of the world and travel restrictions and quarantine requirements are wide spread and changing rapidly. The circumstances ae challenging and that developments are unpredictable.”

Many of the guests who have been cancelled have chosen to postpone their trips rather than request a refund.

Hurtigruten said there was a strong demand for Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises for the second half of 2021 and into 2022 with bookings for 2H 2021 8.4% higher compared to the same time last year and bookings for 2022 currently 97% higher compared with the same time last year for 2021.

With the uncertainties, low number of national and international travellers, and the impact the pandemic has on the operations on the Norwegian Coast, Hurtigruten has also decided to reduce capacity on the coastal service.

In November, Hurtigruten will only operate a limited-service between Bodø and Kirkenes with two ships, at the request of the Norwegian Ministry of Transport.

(Kevin Griffin – The Cruise People Ltd x