Hamburg to Liverpool - Historic Seaports of England and Ireland

Hamburg to Liverpool - Historic Seaports of England and Ireland

Hamburg to Liverpool - Historic Seaports of England and Ireland

Hamburg to Liverpool - Historic Seaports of England and Ireland

Travel information 6 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
5 May 2022
Price from
£ 971
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Sailing from Hamburg, we explore the picturesque coasts and historic seaports of England and Ireland aboard our state-of-the-art hybrid ship Fridtjof Nansen.

From Germany to the English and Irish coasts

Join us as we voyage from Germany across the North Sea to the British Isles. Setting out from the old Hanseatic city of Hamburg you’ll visit Portsmouth, which played a key role in WWII; Fowey in Cornwall, where pirates once roamed along the rugged coast; Waterford in Ireland, founded by the Vikings in the 9th century; and Liverpool, beloved city of modern culture and Victorian architecture.   

There’ll be plenty to occupy the curious, from ancient ruins, castles and Viking settlements, to picturesque fishing villages, famous historic ships and the vibrant modern city of Liverpool. You’ll visit Cornwall’s rugged coastline with its rocky coves, and maybe drop in on the nearby Eden Project, which features the world’s largest enclosed tropical rainforest.

Culture, learning and relaxation

You’ll also find plenty of time to relax, with atmospheric old pubs to dive into, quaint harbourside tea rooms, and sandy beaches to stroll on. Our experienced Expedition Team are on hand to ensure you get the best experience.

We make the most of our time on this short but eventful cruise aboard our brand-new expedition ship, Fridtjof Nansen, which features a lecture hall and a Science Center for learning.

Hamburg to Liverpool - Historic Seaports of England and Ireland Hamburg to Liverpool - Historic Seaports of England and Ireland
  • Day 1
    Hamburg, Germany

    Setting out from Hanseatic Hamburg

    5 May 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 16:00

    We set out on our expedition cruise from Germany’s second largest city. Hamburg has all the ingredients of a classic European destination, with a striking range of architectural styles, a vibrant cultural scene, great shopping and a long, interesting history entwined with the old Hanseatic League.

    Your comfortable expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen will be ready and waiting for you. Once you board the ship and check in, you’ll receive your complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket which may come in handy with the perhaps unpredictable weather we may encounter along the way. There’ll be time to settle into your cabin and explore a bit of the ship before attending a mandatory pre-departure safety drill.  

    You’ll be greeted by your friendly Expedition Team. They’ll prepare you for the exciting days ahead, but their first priority will be to take you through important health and safety principles to ensure you and your fellow explorers are always safe and well throughout the cruise.

    And with that, we’ll be away! MS Fridtjof Nansen will set sail from Hamburg, heading first out into the North Sea and towards the Strait of Dover, as we set a course for the English Channel and our first port of call, Portsmouth.

    Stretch your legs out on deck and get to know the different areas of the ship, which is your new home-from-home for the next 6 days. Enjoy your first dinner aboard in one of the ship’s excellent restaurants, and look forward to many more delicious meals to come. Raise your glass and join the Captain and crew as they toast an enjoyable expedition together. 

    Extend your Hurtigruten adventure by adding a Pre-Programme before your cruise. We offer the opportunity to explore Hamburg further, with a top excursion and an extended stay at a centrally-located hotel.

    Day 1
    Hamburg, Germany

    Setting out from Hanseatic Hamburg

  • Day 2
    At Sea

    Relax and learn

    6 May 2022

    Enjoy an idyllic day getting to know our next-generation vessel Fridtjof Nansen as we cross the North Sea and head towards the British Isles. Explore the ship and familiarise yourself with its great expedition features, such as the observation deck, the Science Center and the lecture room.

    Chat with your Expedition Team, who’ll prepare you for the exciting adventure ahead. You can listen in on talks and lectures by these seasoned explorers as they share their extensive knowledge about the history and highlights of our destinations, and they’re always happy to answer your questions. You may learn about the Viking heritage of Waterford, the geology of the Fowey Estuary in Cornwall, and plenty more besides.

    Take some time to just kick back and settle in. Fridtjof Nansen is packed with amenities to help you unwind – why not visit the spa, relax in the sauna or infinity pool, or just curl up with a book in a cosy chair by the window in the Observation Lounge! You’ll feel right at home in no time.

    Of course, you’ll get to explore the ship’s great cuisine, with three restaurants to choose from offering choice Nordic dishes as well as delicious international fare.

    Day 2
    At Sea

    Relax and learn

  • Day 3
    Portsmouth, UK

    Fascinating naval history & Roman ruins

    7 May 2022

    Portsmouth is a modern seafaring city with a fascinating naval heritage. Everything related to Britain’s long love affair with the waves is to be found here, and it’s still home to one of the UK’s biggest naval bases. There’s plenty for history buffs, but equally you could just stroll around the cobbled streets of Old Portsmouth and enjoy the atmosphere with its character-filled pubs, quaint tea rooms and shops. 

    The Royal Docks, with its impressive assortment of museums and historical ships, showcases British naval history at its best. Here you’ll see Henry VIII’s famous warship the Mary Rose, Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory and the iron-clad frigate HMS Warrior. Portsmouth played a key role in WWII, and the D-Day Museum in Southsea is a must.

    Southsea is a pretty Victorian beach resort that’s now something of a cultural hub. It retains plenty of charm, including the old pier, where David Bowie and Genesis once performed. From the imposing Southsea Castle, it’s only a short walk to Old Portsmouth. Stroll the cobbled streets here and pay a visit to St Thomas Cathedral and the remains of the 13th century bombed out Garrison Church.

    If you have time, make your way to Portchester Castle, a medieval castle built within a Roman fort. You might need to jump in a taxi to reach it, but you’ll be rewarded with the best example of a Roman shore fortress in Europe.

    For some serious shopping and eating options, drop in on Gunwharf Quays waterfront district, where you’ll also find the unusual-looking 170m high Spinnaker Tower – the tallest publicly accessible UK building outside of London. Offering amazing views across the Solent as far as the Isle of Wight, take high tea at the Café in the Clouds and gaze out across the silvery sea.

    Day 3
    Portsmouth, UK

    Fascinating naval history & Roman ruins

  • Day 4
    Fowey, England

    Village exploration on the Cornish Riviera

    8 May 2022

    Today, we drop anchor off Cornwall, home to Arthurian legends, TV’s Poldark and the pirates of old. Delightful little Fowey is a historic harbour town set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beautiful fishing village sits on the west side of the Fowey Estuary, a flooded valley cut by meltwater after the last Ice Age.

    You’ll love the laid-back vibe here and feel an overwhelming sense of peace as you watch the fishing boats come and go and listen to the cries of gulls on the wind. Wander the crooked cobbled streets in search of gifts in the many boutiques, try a clotted cream ice, or perhaps sip a pint of local Cornish ale in one of the timeworn taverns.

    Feeling a bit more energetic? Why not wander on foot to panoramic Gribbin Head, passing through woods and beaches and small coves. It’s around here that author Daphne du Maurier set some of her famous novels. There are many other walks possible, including the ‘Hall Walk’ along the Pont Pill Creek or along the esplanade to the beach at Readymoney Cove and St Catherine’s Castle.

    You might want to pay a visit to the nearby Eden Project. Here, you’ll be blown away by the vision of this immense eco-project, which features the world’s largest ‘captive’ tropical rainforest as well as a multitude of biomes, educational installations and art works.

    While you’re in Cornwall, be sure to try one of the region’s most famous culinary exports, the humble Cornish pasty. Also, find time to indulge in a cream tea at one of the picturesque harbourside cafés – cream on top, jam underneath, of course.

    Day 4
    Fowey, England

    Village exploration on the Cornish Riviera

  • Day 5
    Waterford, Ireland

    Vikings of old Ireland

    9 May 2022

    Welcome to the Emerald Isle. Today you’ll set foot in the oldest city in Ireland, founded by the Vikings in the 10th century by a ford in the River Suir. Waterford is a well preserved and very walkable small city, famed for its beautiful crystal glass production and its Norse roots. You’ll see incredible examples of street art painted on walls and houses as you explore this city of culture, so don’t forget your camera.

    Walk around the Viking Triangle, so named for the three-sided shape made by the thousand-year-old walls that once surrounded the city. Along the route you’ll encounter Reginald’s Tower, which offers great views from the top, and the Bishop’s Palace Museum, an exquisite architectural jewel that houses many treasures from Waterford’s colourful past.

    For an authentic taste of times past, drop in on the King of the Vikings museum where, within the atmospheric ruins of a medieval monastery, you’ll get an amazing virtual reality adventure featuring bearded warlords, battle axes and dragon boats.

    Visit the nearby 12th century Kilkenny Castle, one of the earliest Norman stone castles, or take in the beautiful scenery with a cycle ride along the Waterford Greenway. A visit to the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark offers spectacular scenery as well as a ruined castle and an ancient dolmen.

    And let’s not forget that Waterford is home to some of the world’s finest crystal glass, so a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre is a must. Of course, make sure you find time to drop into a traditional Irish pub, such as The Munster Bar or The Gingerman before we head back to the ship.

    Day 5
    Waterford, Ireland

    Vikings of old Ireland

  • Day 6
    Liverpool, England

    Landing in Liverpool and heading home

    10 May 2022
    Estimated time of arrival is 08:00

    Our expedition up the coast of the British Isles comes to an end in Liverpool. It’s a city that needs no introduction, and yet people are always surprised when they visit for the first time. There’s a curious blend of the old and the modern here, and you can feel a sense of history and the pull of the sea in this most maritime of cities.

    Famously, Liverpool is also where The Beatles are from, and you can’t come here without going on a city tour to visit all the places associated with them. Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, the boys’ childhood homes and – of course – the iconic Cavern Club, are just some of the destinations that fans should tick off.

    The city by the wide River Mersey has been a key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and there’s still a sense of the grandeur of empire when you look at the Victorian and Edwardian architecture. 

    Before heading home why not explore the city and perhaps wander along the Mersey waterfront where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the ‘Three Graces’ – the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – are to be found. Don’t forget to look out for the famous Liver Birds – Liverpool’s very own mythological creatures.

    Then grab a bite at the Royal Albert Dock and reflect on the adventure you’ve had over the past few days since you left Hamburg.

    Day 6
    Liverpool, England

    Landing in Liverpool and heading home



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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
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Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
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MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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