Whales and dolphins hold a special place in our hearts, as they travel to the same beautiful and remote spots as us. We are always spotting these creatures on our ships and want to do everything we can to support them, which is why we have partnered with ORCA to help with their important work.

Introducing ORCA

ORCA is one of the UK’s leading whale and dolphin’s conservation charities, dedicated to the long term protection of these beautiful animals and their habitats in the UK and European waters. Founded in 2001, ORCA monitors vulnerable populations and works to protect threatened marine habitats.By working with various organisations and governments, ORCA aims to create safer places for whales, dolphins and to thrive and ultimately improve the health and well-being of the oceans.

ORCA is just as passionate about people as it is about whales and dolphins. Their volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds, but they have a passion for marine wildlife and conservation. By making science and conservation more accessible they can engage with more people, empowering them to want to care and protect our Blue Planet.

Hurtigruten x ORCA

ORCA’s partnership with Hurtigruten launched in 2019 with an Ocean Conservationist on a pilot cruise to the Antarctic. Following the success of this pilot expedition, since 2021 Ocean Conservationists have joined the expedition team on MS Maud and MS Otto Sverdrup. 

Our Ocean Conservationists are highly trained wildlife experts who deliver unforgettable wildlife experiences onboard Hurtigruten ships across the world. These passionate and dedicated individuals showcase the incredible diversity of wildlife that can be spotted from the decks of ferries and cruise ships, helping guests onboard learn more about the marine environment. Through this programme, ORCA can not only inspire people from all walks of life but also collect vital scientific data that can be used to help protect whales and dolphins around the globe. Alongside this, our Ocean Conservationists deliver a range of exciting and engaging activities, including wildlife watches on deck, lectures and workshops and shore excursions.

As well as delivering guests facing activities, ORCA also partners with Hurtigruten to deliver a number of conservation programmes.

  • Ocean Conservationists onboard our coastal voyages collect data about the whales, dolphins and porpoises they see in important marine habitats.
  • Whilst on our expeditions our Ocean Conservationists support the expedition team and identify hotspots for whales and dolphins during the amazing itineraries and places the ships visit.
MS Maud
MS Maud

Fancy going on a cruise with ORCA?

Our smaller ships are the perfect way to cruise and explore beyond the tourist spots, making them ideal in supporting ORCA with their work monitoring marine populations. MS Maud is no exception and has a strong legacy in exploration, being named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen's 'Maud' from 1917. Join us and ORCA on board and for your next holiday.

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MS Maud
MS Maud

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