The only expedition cruise line to explore the African West Coast next year has added four countries to its 2022-23 season
Hurtigruten Expeditions is responding to guest demand for more warm water destinations by adding the West Coast of Africa and its archipelagos – the Bissagos Islands and Cape Verde – to its growing list of destinations. The 13-day sailing on Spitsbergen visits Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.
Besides its first-ever African expedition cruises, Hurtigruten will also introduce a series of itineraries to the Canary Islands and Madeira for 2022-23. Hurtigruten Expeditions chief executive Asta Lassesen said: “Next year will be one of the most adventurous years for Hurtigruten Expeditions. We will start by launching our Galapagos operations in January, and at the end of the year, we will introduce our first African cruises. We are very excited about expanding to new unique destinations, which complements our Caribbean and South American expedition cruises and strengthens our global position.
“We know our guests want to explore many different parts of the globe, and our ambition is to offer the world’s most-exciting destinations that can best be explored by our small ships. With the Bissagos Islands and Cape Verde, we offer a truly unique and off-the-beaten-track destination that is perfect for an expedition adventure like no other.”
Bissagos Islands in Guinea-Bissau
Hurtigruten Expedition’s first-ever African adventure will depart on 27 November 2022, and will be the first in a series of expedition cruises to visit Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands. One of the world’s most untouched destinations, the islands will offer guests a combination of distinctive wildlife and diverse landscapes as they enjoy four days exploring the 88-island archipelago that is home to hippos, dolphins, crocodiles, sea turtles, manatees and 500 species of birds.
Hurtigruten Expedition’s itineraries spend four full days visiting Cape Verde’s ports and destinations that no other cruise ships include. The 10 rugged volcanic islands that make up the country boast a unique blend of African and Portuguese influences. Besides colonial churches, palatial mansions and old forts in many of the cities and towns, the islands are also a birdwatcher’s paradise with many migratory and endemic species criss-crossing the islands. Other wildlife includes whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
The itinerary also includes a day in Banjul, the capital of The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa. All cruises out of Dakar include land-based adventures as part of the itinerary. Before departure, guests will explore the island of Gorée, where they will experience the colourful colonial houses and the dark history of this former slave island. A city tour of Dakar is included on the disembarkation day, where guests will experience the multi-faceted city while discovering its historical moments and driving along the corniche.
Hurtigruten Expedition’s new African cruises will depart Dakar on 27 November, 9 and 21 December 2022, and 2 and 14 January 2023.
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