Hurtigruten Celebrate New Ship With Free Flights


Last year, expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten launched a competition to name their newest ship. The winner would not only see their proposed name on the side of the latest vessel, but they would also get the chance to sail aboard her on a trip into the breathtaking Arctic. The winning name was MS Spitsbergen, chosen because it epitomises the region in which the ship will sail and the Norwegian heritage associated with this island in the Svalbard Archipelago. And the time has come for her to be christened.

This evening, in Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands, MS Spitsbergen will be christened by Norwegian explorer Cecilie Skog who will be the ship’s godmother. With some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the Lofotens were chosen to host the event as Hurtigruten have been enabling people to explore the islands for more than 120 years. The program for the evening includes music, entertainment and the chance to try some traditional Norwegian cuisine. MS Richard With and MS Midnatsol, two of the lines other explorer ships, will also be in attendance.

To celebrate their first ship christening in 10 years, Hurtigruten is offering free flights on selected polar cruises throughout 2017 to anyone that books by the 31st of August 2016. Passengers flying from London City Airport will be able to explore destinations such as Canada, Greenland and, the place which gives the new vessel its name, Spitsbergen without having to pay for flights or transfers. If, however, you wish to depart from a different airport, this can be done at a supplement.

If you would like to find out more about this fantastic promotion or you want to know the full list of departures that qualify, contact us today. And if you wish to join in this evening’s celebrations, you can watch the naming ceremony live here.

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