Liverpool to Portsmouth – Showcase Voyage 2

Duration: 6 days

Departures: 12 March 2020
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Showcase Voyage – be amongst the very first to cruise on MS Fridtjof Nansen, prior even to her Inaugural series
  • Experience Dublin and Cardiff plus some pretty lesser-visited ports of call around the UK
  • Several included activities during your Showcase Voyage, plus optional excursions available
  • Hybrid powered expedition cruise
Fowey, England
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Liverpool to Portsmouth
Dartmouth Castle, England
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Dartmouth Castle, England
Liverpool, England
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Itinerary

Be amongst the very first to experience MS Fridtjof Nansen!

This is a Showcase Voyage - your opportunity to be amongst the very first guests to sail on MS Fridtjof Nansen, prior even to her Inaugural season commencing 01 April 2020.

You can expect a stunning ship, designed with cutting-edge innovation and sustainability at its very core, incorporating world-first hybrid technology to reduce emissions and our environmental footprint.
Day 1
Liverpool, England
Embarkation in Liverpool
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Before joining MS Fridtjof Nansen, explore this maritime city which has been a key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries as well as famously being the hometown of The Beatles.  Wander along the waterfront where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the "Three Graces" – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – stand on the Pier Head.

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Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
Irish History
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Originally founded as a Viking village in the 9th century, Dublin evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and is now home to around 500,000 inhabitants in the city itself.

As well as having a reputation as one of Europe’s most youthful cities (with an estimate of 50% of citizens being younger than 25) Dublin’s history resonates through its institutions.  Explore this fascinating city and take time to visit places such as Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university dating back to 1592 and home to the Book of Kells, a world-famous medieval manuscript.  

Seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922, Dublin Castle was erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement and is definitely recommended to visit.

Of course, no visit to Dublin would be complete without a pint of Guinness (or two!).

Optional excursions
  • Dublin City & the Book of Kells
    The bricks and mortar of Dublin’s streets provide the stage to what is a truly great city, a city built on hundreds of years of history and culture.
  • Dublin - Malahide Castle & Irish Pub
    Visit Malahide Castle, former seat of the Talbot family.
Day 3
Cardiff, Wales
Castles and Antarctica
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With over 600 castles and a whole host of myths and legends to discover, Wales is commonly known as the “Land of Castles”.  Take a visit to Cardiff Castle with over 2,000 years of history, featuring magnificent architecture, gargoyles on the castle walls and secret tunnels. 

Cardiff itself has a diverse history with an array of ties to Norway and polar exploration - notably the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, as the birthplace of Roald Dahl and as the starting point of Captain Robert Scott’s legendary trip to the South Pole.  Enjoy a stroll around Cardiff Bay and walk along Cardiff Bay Barrage which was one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe during construction in the 1990.

Optional excursions
  • Cardiff - St. Fagans National Museum of History
    St Fagans is one of Europe's leading open–air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.
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Photo: shutterstock
Day 4
Fowey, England
Riverside Exploration
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Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the beautiful, historic harbour town of Fowey rests on the west side of the Fowey Estuary, a flooded valley cut by meltwater after the last Ice Age.

Explore this delightful location on foot and wander down to the panoramic Gribbin Head on the west side where the Gribbin Headland Daymark went up in 1832 as a navigation aid.  There are many other walks available, including the “Hall Walk” along the Pont Pill creek or along the esplanade to Readymoney Cove and St Catherine’s Castle.

Optional excursions
  • Fowey - The Eden Project
    The world's largest global garden.
Day 5
Dartmouth, England
Spectacular setting in the heart of the River Dart
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Set on the banks of the River Dart, the enchanting town of Dartmouth is steeped in maritime history and is home to Britannia Royal Naval College which has produced world class Naval Officers since 1863.  Castles, Abbeys, steam trains and magnificent walking trails are just a few of the compelling attractions waiting to be explored during our visit. 

We will be anchored in the centre of the town with a short tender ride ashore, allowing you easy access to visit the town on your own or join one of our impressive excursions to learn more about this fascinating town.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Dartmouth - Mayflower Heritage Walk
    In 1620, the Mayflower ship, carried 102 hopeful pilgrims across the Atlantic ocean from Plymouth in the UK to Plymouth in America. Dartmouth town hosted the Mayflower as well as many of the pilgrims before their voyage across the ocean. Here, you can walk through the streets of Dartmouth with your local guide, discovering historical landmarks of 1620 including Bayards Cove where the Mayflower anchored during her stay in Dartmouth.
  • Dartmouth - Dartmoor National Park and Buckfast Abbey
    Dartmouth is the gateway to the Dartmoor National Park, a vast area of sparsely inhabited moor land covering approximately 600 square miles.
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Day 6
Portsmouth, England
Disembarkation
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Our journey comes to an end in the city of Portsmouth.  A port city and naval base known for its maritime heritage, with over 800 years of maritime history.  Before heading home, take the opportunity to explore this fascinating city and perhaps visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunners Wharf or explore the Southsea Castle – just some of the many attractions of the city.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

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.
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions/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 current scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, 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 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • No gratuities expected
  • Ambassador discount does not apply on this sailing.
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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
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Science Center
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Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (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.

Read more about MS Fridtjof Nansen

Suite MD on MS Roald Amundsen
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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

Dublin City & the Book of Kells

Duration

4hrs

Price per person

From £ 72

Booking code

E-DUB1

See excursion

Dublin - Malahide Castle & Irish Pub

Duration

4h15

Price per person

From £ 72

Booking code

E-DUB2

See excursion

Cardiff - St. Fagans National Museum of History

Duration

4h

Price per person

From

Booking code

E-CDF1

See excursion

Fowey - The Eden Project

Duration

3h45

Price per person

From £ 92

Booking code

E-FYO1

See excursion

Dartmouth - Mayflower Heritage Walk

Duration

1h30

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-DTM1

See excursion

Dartmouth - Dartmoor National Park and Buckfast Abbey

Duration

4h30

Price per person

From £ 72

Booking code

E-DTM2

See excursion
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