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FOUR NEW SEINE RIVER SHIPS FOR VIKING IN 2020

FOUR NEW SEINE RIVER SHIPS FOR VIKING IN 2020

Viking announced new details about its 2020 river cruise season, which will see the addition of four new ships custom built to navigate the Seine River in the heart of Paris. Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships, the four new, identical vessels will debut in 2020; all will be deployed on Viking’s popular eight-day Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary by 2021.

Hosting 168 guests in 84 staterooms, the new Seine Ships – Viking Fjorgyn, Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid and Viking Skaga – will be smaller than Viking Longships, but will feature many of the same popular features – including an Aquavit Terrace, a wide variety of stateroom choices and onboard solar panels, as well as Viking’s signature Scandinavian design aesthetic. Designed specifically to navigate the Seine River, these four ships will dock in the center of Paris, adjacent to the Eiffel Tower.

“We have always had a strong vision for how to help guests explore the world in comfort. For 22 years, we have led the industry in defining what modern river cruising looks like for experienced travelers who have interests in history, art and culture,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We continue to lead because we focus on the destination, and we continue to innovate for our guests, offering them new and different opportunities for learning – and opening doors around the world at places that may otherwise have been difficult to visit.”

‘Sailing roundtrip from Paris, guests on Viking’s ‘Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary explore Giverny and visit the beautiful gardens and charming farmhouse where Claude Monet lived and worked; trace the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen; walk hallowed ground at Normandy’s American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches; and savor Normandy cuisine. This 8-day cruise along the Seine River celebrates history, art, food and customs in the country’s most dazzling urbane and pastoral settings.

Explore the Seine River and Paris in 2020 with a simple call to Select Waterways. We offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Select Waterways are also your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

LIVING ABOVE IT ALL

LIVING ABOVE IT ALL

As we start the new year, that means resolutions on how to improve ourselves and our lives run rampant. Going to hit the gym this year? Lose those extra pounds? Visit places you only dreamed of as a child? Check. Check. And check. 

But sometimes there’s an obstacle to that last resolution. For many travelers eager to experience Antarctica, that bump in the road is the four days spent sailing the Drake Passage, notorious for its bad weather at times, to get from the tip of Chile to the Antarctica continent. All those days spent sailing the Drake Passage meant if you wanted to go on an Antarctica cruise, you had to better plan on spending plenty of time on vacation. It’s easy to see why an Antarctica cruise sounded good on paper but upon closer examination, appeared a bit daunting. It might seem obvious, but there’s a way around this hurdle. And Silversea Cruises has come up with the solution.

Silversea Cruises just announced a first in the ultra-luxury segment: a new fly-cruise service to Antarctica in business-class comfort, as part of the largest ever Antarctica offering in the cruise line’s history. Named Antarctica Bridge, the new service will provide discerning travelers with the fastest, most direct route to the White Continent. Departing from December 2021, the collection of 12 fly-cruise voyages aboard Silver Explorer will further enhance Silversea’s industry-leading, all-inclusive Polar offering. Sales for Antarctica Bridge opened on December 10, 2019.

Enjoying direct flights from Chile’s Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica, travelers will fly 670 miles over the Drake Passage on a private plane – reserved exclusively for Silversea’s guests – that has been specially adapted to land on King George Island. Hosted by Silversea representatives and offering travelers the luxury of a business-class configuration, the flight will take just two hours each way, meaning guests will avoid approximately four days at sea on the return journey. A bespoke in-flight entertainment program, which will include Zodiac and IAATO briefings, will be tailored entirely for Antarctic expeditions to prepare guests for the unique adventure ahead. Travelers will then spend five full days – the same amount of time as on Silversea’s conventional Antarctica voyages – travelling deep into the destination, accompanied by Silversea’s team of expedition experts. 

This is seen as a defining moment for Silversea’s expedition offering: Antarctica Bridge will revolutionize the way in which guests discover Antarctica. The luxury of choice is a key feature of Silversea’s offering; the new Antarctica Bridge service expands guests’ choices. Many will still choose to cross the epic Drake Passage, which is an unforgettable experience in itself, but Antarctica Bridge is perfect for time-conscious travelers, as it will immerse guests into the White Continent in a shorter timeframe. This builds on existing offerings, which comprises many 10-day voyages, as well as 18-day expeditions and longer, which are the ultimate in deep exploration. With the launch of Antarctica Bridge, Silversea guests will be able to choose from 59 Antarctica voyages.

Unlocking Antarctica in just nine nights for time-conscious travelers, Silversea’s Antarctica Bridge itineraries are scheduled to comprise the following: 

Day 1: Inbound international flight, via Santiago

Travelers have the choice of either inclusive economy-class air or reduced business-class air on their inbound international flight to Punta Arenas, Chile, as part of Silversea’s ongoing air promo. 

Day 2: Pre-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas

Ahead of flying to Antarctica, the cruise line’s guests will spend a night at the elegant Hotel Cabo de Hornos in Punta Arenas. Here, they will receive their expedition kit, including rubber boots, parka, walking poles for the duration of the expedition, waterproof trousers, expedition backpacks and a water bottle. A dedicated Expedition Team will be on the ground to prepare guests for the journey ahead. 

Day 3: Flight to King George Island (Antarctica)

A first in the ultra-luxury cruise segment, travelers will fly to Antarctica in the equivalent of business-class comfort, saving two days at sea each way. Silversea’s guests will land at the Chilean base of Presidente Frey, which is normally used by scientists as they journey to the island’s research stations. 

Days 3-9: Antarctica Expedition aboard Silver Explorer

With five full days in Antarctica, guests will enjoy an unprecedented level of flexibility aboard Silver Explorer, and an enhanced scope to discover each destination. From King George Island, travelers will explore the same destinations as on Silversea’s conventional Antarctica offering: Antarctic Sound, the Antarctic Peninsula over three days, and the South Shetland Islands, before returning to King George Island once more. Silversea’s Expedition Team will guide Zodiac tours, shore experiences, kayaking tours, and provide lectures on the region’s fascinating geology, wildlife and history to enrich the journey for guests. In addition to witnessing remarkable icebergs, guests will visit large penguin rookeries, and may see several species of seals, whales and birds. 

Day 9: Flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas

Return in style and comfort on the 75-seat aircraft to Punta Arenas, accompanied by Silversea representatives. 

Day 9: Post-cruise hotel night in Punta Arenas

Spend a relaxed post-cruise hotel night at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos and explore Punta Arenas once more. 

Day 10: Outbound international flight

Fly home. 

Aboard Silver Explorer, as on all Silversea vessels, travelers will benefit from Silversea’s trademark level of service and luxury accommodations. Each of the ship’s ocean-view suites provides guests with the personalized service of a butler; a 24-hour in-suite dining service; a bottle of champagne upon arrival and a drinks bar, stocked with guests’ preferred beverages; fine dining, including complimentary caviar on demand, canapes, and a rich offering of seafood and steak; and an array of other inclusive amenities. Enlarged to 14 members for the 2021-2022 season, Silversea’s Expedition Team will enrich guests’ travels with insightful lectures, workshops, tours on the ship’s enlarged fleet of 14 Zodiacs, kayak tours, and shore experiences.

Just give us a call at Select Waterways when you’re ready to hit the White Continent. These voyages will sell out quickly, so let your resolution for 2020 be to book one of these amazing Antarctica cruises. We offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Select Waterways are also your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

A number of years ago, Dr. Seuss wrote a children’s book called Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It’s a delightful read for youngsters, focusing on the wonderful adventures in store in a life well-lived and, of course, all the things our great big world has to offer. We’ve always loved that book because it captures the spirit of adventure that leads us to travel. It also helps us stretch our imagination of where we can go next on a river cruise.

While Select Waterways focuses on Mississippi River cruises, Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, and French river cruises as part of an extensive array of European river cruises, other waterways beckon those who are a bit more adventurous. As it turns out, a company like Viking River Cruises also offers India with Ganges River cruises, Russia with Volga River cruises and Egypt with Nile River cruises.

NILE RIVER CRUISES

Cruise the Nile in a manner once reserved for queens and pharaohs

For 12 adventure-filled days with Viking River Cruises, experience Egypt and the Nile’s most wondrous sites in style and luxury. Set sail on an eight-day voyage onboard the all-suite River Tosca. Wander amongst the towering ruins of the Temple of Karnak, the world’s largest ancient religious complex, and the entrancing Temple of Luxor. Visit temples dedicated to Hathor, Horus, and other mythological figures, and pay homage to the country’s first female ruler at the Temple of Hatshepsut. Follow in the footsteps of renowned scholars and explorers as you venture forth into the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty. You will enjoy an exhilarating ride in a felucca, a traditional Nile River sailboat.

This captivating itinerary begins and ends in Cairo, where you’ll visit the famous Egyptian Museum and its stupendous and unrivaled collection of pharaonic artifacts, including treasures recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Journey to Giza to gaze upon the mighty ancient Pyramids and the timeworn, enigmatic Sphinx—iconic images that continue to amaze.

An enchanting land of marvels, myths, and wonders old and new, Egypt is an extraordinary destination no culturally curious traveler will want to miss.

GANGES RIVER CRUISES

Profoundly mysterious and gloriously exotic India

Complex and beguiling, India is a country unlike any other. Wondrous sights rich in romance and intrigue come alive in the “Golden Triangle”—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Delhi’s immense red sandstone marble tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s grief-stricken wife, will capture your heart, while Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, will stir your soul. Jaipur’s Pink City and Agra’s Taj Mahal, a grand tribute to love, will leave you forever mesmerized.

This adventure by land and river will touch all of your senses, from Kolkata, where Mother Teresa’s humble home and tomb provide a place of pilgrimage, to the Rajbari Temples devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Your Ganges voyage delves deeply into India’s fascinating historical and religious heritage, working its charm in myriad ways and leaving you with memories that will forever endure.

Start your trip with five luxurious nights at three different award-winning Oberoi hotels. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Taj Mahal two times—once at sunrise and once at sunset. Once onboard your Viking River Cruises’ ship, travel to villages lining the Ganges River that only a few people get to see each year and experience Viking’s new Wellness Program, centered around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga.

Available on every Viking River Cruises sailing, the complimentary Wellness Program – led by a certified and resident yogi – will celebrate the holistic health benefits of yoga with daily sessions introducing the different types of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individualized meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate in this culturally immersive program comfortably. An accompanying “Nutrition and Wellness Food” menu has also been developed especially for this program. Featuring organic items and guidelines for eating healthy, the menu will be available daily during breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

VOLGA RIVER CRUISES

Discover the passion and grandeur of Russian history, art and culture

The imperial cities, grand artistic treasures and spectacular architecture of Russia await your arrival. From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, you’ll experience Russia in all its glory and splendor.

Explore the dichotomy of Moscow—rich with monuments to both 15th-century tsars and 20th-century communist leaders. Stand in awe of the massive Kremlin complex, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and the extravagant Moscow metro system. See some of Russia’s vast and beautiful countryside as well as its delightful small towns, where locals still engage in traditional crafts. Cruise along the Golden Ring to some of Russia’s most beautiful cities, including Uglich and Yaroslavl, which are known for their white-stone churches and gorgeous monasteries. Be amazed by Kizhi Island’s UNESCO-designated Transfiguration Church, a wooden structure built entirely without the use of nails. And uncover regal St. Petersburg, which boasts art-laden galleries and museums, fabled canals and elegant architecture from a wide variety of eras.

Adventurous travelers who wish to sail Russia’s great rivers and lakes, seeing world-class cities and timeless towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning architecture and legendary art as they go will absolutely adore this Viking River Cruise.

Just give us a call at Select Waterways. We offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Select Waterways are also your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

SOUTHERN VICTORY

SOUTHERN VICTORY

One of the most exciting new entrants in the world of coastal cruising and Great Lakes cruises is Victory Cruise Lines, which is operated by the beloved American Queen Steamboat Company. With its first winter season featuring two ships and after a successful inaugural year cruising the Great Lakes, Canadian Maritimes and New England, Victory is taking its signature 202-passenger ships south to Costa Rica, Panama, the Yucatán Peninsula and the Southeast U.S.

Beginning as early as March 2020, the Victory I and Victory II will set sail to colorful destinations of the southern latitudes. Small ship cruises range from nine to 10 days and start at $2,699 for double occupancy, including a pre-cruise hotel. Not only is that a great deal, we’re certain there will be some additional special offers too good to pass up! Here are a few of our favorite itineraries coming up in 2020:

AMERICAN SOUTHEAST: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA TO FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ON VICTORY I

Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: April 5; November 15, 29; December 13; Reverse March 29; November 8, 22; December 6

From the historic South to the pristine beaches of the Bahamas, this voyage is the perfect balance of excitement and relaxation. Architecture and history enthusiasts will adore the Antebellum and Victorian homes of Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia and gourmands will savor meals on board and on land, including a rustic seafood shack just off the shrimp docks in Brunswick, Georgia. Ports of call include Jacksonville, Florida with an onshore pre-cruise stay; Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Beaufort, South Carolina; Brunswick, Georgia; Fernandina Beach, Florida; Port Canaveral, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama. Rates start at $2,699 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.

AMERICAN SOUTHEAST: FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK ON VICTORY I

15-Day Small Ship Cruise: April 14

Guests are invited to see the very best of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard on board the Victory I as she makes her way between a remote tropical island and America’s largest city. This voyage puts the beauty of the south’s most celebrated cities on full display, traverses the Intracoastal Waterway and explores World War II-era maritime history. Carefully designed shore excursions will guide guests through these legendary ports, each brimming with the sights and sounds of their storied past. Ports of call include Freeport, Grand Bahama with a pre-voyage stay; Port Canaveral, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Baltimore/Annapolis, Maryland; New York, New York. Rates start at $4,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.

YUCATÁN PENINSULA: ROUNDTRIP CANCUN, MEXICO ON VICTORY II

Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: November 14, 21, 28

Guests will discover the hidden gems of Mexico from seaside havens to colorful cities, exploring architectural wonders including Tulum and Chichén Itzá, two of Central America’s best-preserved Mayan cities, as well as soaring cathedrals dating back to the 1600s and charming markets along cobblestone streets. A stay on shore near Valladolid will reveal the unparalleled hospitality of the Yucatán with an authentic lunch and dinner at a local restaurant and a night at Mayaland Hotel, which has been family owned and operated since 1923. Ports of call include Cancun, Mexico with a pre-voyage stay; Puerto Morales, Mexico; Progreso, Mexico with an onshore stay near Valladolid, Mexico and Campeche, Mexico. Rates start at $2,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.

YUCATÁN PENINSULA & PANAMA: CANCUN, MEXICO TO PANAMA CITY/COLÓN, PANAMA ON VICTORY II

10-Day Small Ship Cruise: December 5

This special cruise tours some of Central America’s most beautiful and culturally rich destinations. Starting with a hotel stay in Cancun, Mexico, guests will then cruise south to Costa Maya to feast on traditional Mexican cuisine accompanied by local chocolate and tequila. Divers and snorkelers will be astounded by the natural beauty of Roatán, Honduras and San Andrés, Colombia while history and culture lovers will adore Belize City, Belize and Limón, Costa Rica for their afro-Caribbean influences and fascinating Mayan archeological sites. Ports of call include Cancun, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatán, Honduras; San Andrés, Colombia; Limón, Costa Rica and Panama City/Colón, Panama. Rates start at $3,499 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.

COSTA RICA & PANAMA: PANAMA CITY/COLÓN TO SAN JOSÉ/PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA ON VICTORY II

Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: Cruise: December 13

This journey starts with a sailing through the Panama Canal, a true feat of engineering, before entering the pristine wilderness of Costa Rica. Golfito, Costa Rica boasts a fascinating chocolate tour and some of the tallest rainforests in Central America, a rugged wilderness where a stunning array of species thrive. The quaint and perfectly preserved coastal towns of Quepos and Puntarenas are rich with international history and guests can enjoy a relaxing day on the beach spotting monkeys in the mangroves. Ports of call include Panama City, Panama with a pre-voyage stay; Golfito, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; Puntarenas, Costa Rica and San José, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Rates start at $2,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.

COSTA RICA & PANAMA: SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA TO PANAMA CITY, PANAMA ON VICTORY II

Nine-Day Small Ship Cruise: December 20; Reverse December 27

On this thoughtfully designed experience, cruisers have the opportunity to take a journey through the Pacific Ocean side of the Panama Canal, followed by a voyage along cerulean waters and beachside oases, including Quepos and Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Tailor-made for cultural immersion and cultural enrichment, the discover-designed Victory II will further transport guests to cultural destinations, like Golfito, Costa Rica with the opportunity to learn the town’s traditions of manufacturing cacao, from harvesting the fruit, peeling and grinding the seeds to toasting the beans. Ports of call include San José, Costa Rica; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; Golfito, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama. Rates start at $2,999 plus onboard gratuities, transfer costs and port charges.

So, pack your bags, some sunscreen and your sense of adventure and explore southward with Victory Cruise Lines with some amazing coastal cruises, Southern cruises, Costa Rica cruises and Yucatan cruises the small-ship cruising way!

Just give us a call at Select Waterways. We offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Select Waterways are also your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1-844-SWCRUISE (1-844-792-7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

Do you want to travel to sensitive destinations in the Arctic but you’re afraid your visit might leave a big carbon footprint? Worried that expedition cruising might harm the very pristine environments you’re going to see? Well, we understand that concern and we’ve found that the solution is to travel with Hurtigruten, which is unquestionably the most environmentally-sensitive and responsible expedition cruise company we’ve run across in our years of travel. Not only do they have hybrid-powered ships that can run solely on electricity produced from biofuel as a result of fish waste, they’re taking that commitment ashore as well. Ever heard of electric snowmobiles or electric catamarans? Neither had we until now. Suddenly, an Arctic cruise is a an environmentally-friendly choice.

ELECTRIC SNOWMOBILES

Just recently, Hurtigruten committed itself to introducing battery-powered snowmobiles. The partnership is actually between Hurtigruten’s land-based adventure travel company, Hurtigruten Svalbard, and a Finnish start-up company, Aurora Powertrains. The agreement is an industry first for snowmobiles, and starts a new era of silent and emission-free exploration by snowmobiling.

Debuting this winter, Hurtigruten Svalbard’s new eSled snowmobiles will offer modern-day explorers unforgettable wilderness experiences on the fascinating Svalbard archipelago. With snowcapped mountains as the backdrop, guests will explore the Arctic winter landscape like never before, with silent and emission-free outdoor adventures under the northern lights.

To fully utilize the green potential in the sustainable operation of electric snowmobiles, Hurtigruten Svalbard will set up a separate power supply including solar panels, a windmill, and battery packs for energy storage.

ELECTRIC CATAMARANS

Earlier this year, Hurtigruten partnered with Norwegian start-up company Brim Explorer to introduce battery-powered catamarans that are custom built for polar water exploration. Set to debut in spring 2020, the 78-foot vessels will operate sustainable and silent ocean excursions from the port of Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard, sailing under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand.

The hybrid catamaran will feature large battery packs and will be able to recharge at virtually any port and operate on batteries for up to 10 hours with a cruising speed of 10 knots.

Brim Explorer’s first watercraft—similar to her sister, which will operate exclusively under Hurtigruten Svalbard—is currently under construction in Norway. She will offer Hurtigruten guests traveling along the Norwegian coast truly unique excursions year-round, including visits to the Lofoten Islands in the spring and summer.

With their clean and futuristic design, both vessels will feature large windows that will take all 140 guests on board closer to the elements, with as little impact as possible.

To fully capture wildlife both above and below the surface, the explorer catamarans will also feature hydrophones and underwater drones from another Norwegian start-up already partnering with Hurtigruten—Blueye Robotics. Their drones will be introduced to several of Hurtigruten’s expedition cruise ships, as well as all Brim Explorer experiences.

GREEN REVOLUTION

The electric snowmobiles and electric catamarans are the latest in a number of battery-powered technology pushes by Hurtigruten and Hurtigruten Svalbard.

Hurtigruten celebrated its 125th anniversary by banning all single-use-plastics, and in 2019, Hurtigruten  introduced MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ship.

In another industry first, Hurtigruten is completely rebuilding existing ships to run on a combination of large battery packs, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and biogas (LBG), the latter of which is produced from organic waste such as dead fish.

Hurtigruten and Hurtigruten Svalbard will also work closely with Brim Explorer to continuously improve and develop the green technology, such as integrating solar panels with the electric driveline to exploit the 24-hour Arctic sun to charge the batteries while sailing. Developing renewable energy stations in smaller ports for charging is another project under development.

Isn’t it about time you stopped dreaming of an expedition cruise and made the jump into a whole new, green world with Hurtigruten and Select Waterways? Select Waterways are your river and small ship cruise insiders, specializing in European river cruises, including Danube River cruises, Rhine River cruises, wine cruises, Seine River cruises, as well as China river cruises with Yangtze river cruises, Vietnam river cruises with Mekong River cruises, Russia river cruises with Volga river cruises, Nile river cruises, Africa river cruises and Amazon river cruises. Naturally, we have American river cruises with Mississippi River cruises, Ohio River Cruises, Columbia River cruises, Illinois River cruises and Tennessee River cruises. We also offer expedition cruises and small ship cruises throughout the world, with polar cruises such as Arctic cruises and Antarctica cruises among the most popular. Whether it’s luxury river cruising, premium river cruising, expedition cruising or small ship cruising, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website at www.selectwaterways.com or give us a call at 1.844.SWCRUISE (1.844.792.7847). Be sure to join our Insider Club by clicking here and Like our Facebook page by clicking here.