Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced it will be expanding its global offering to one of the most iconic destinations on the planet: The Galapagos Islands.
From January 2022, Hurtigruten Expeditions will expand the breadth of its destinations to include the Galapagos Islands, offering modern-day explorers in-depth adventures described as ‘beyond imagination’.
Famous for the unique nature and wildlife, the isolated archipelago 600 miles/1.000 km off the coast of Ecuador has mesmerized travelers and scientists for centuries.
“We are extremely excited to expand our South America offering to one of the most spectacular destinations on the planet. We have seen a clear trend of travelers seeking out truly unique and meaningful travel experiences, with a sharp increase in demand for the type of small ships / big experiences we offer.” Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.
“The pandemic has dramatically pushed this development forward. There is huge pent-up demand for traveling right now and we are responding with this breath-taking new destination.”
To offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences, Hurtigruten Expeditions has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with Ecuador-based Metropolitan Touring, the most experienced and renowned travel company in the Galapagos.
Guests will explore Galapagos in style and comfort on-board the fully upgraded 90-guest MS Santa Cruz II, adding to Hurtigruten Expeditions’ growing fleet of small purpose-built expedition cruise ships.
“We believe the partnership will bolster the Galapagos’ reputation as a nature-based, responsible travel destination on the global stage,” Metropolitan Touring CEO Paulina Burbano de Lara says.
“This is a significant milestone in our 125-year history of exploring. The Galapagos is one of the world’s ultimate expedition cruise destinations. It is a perfect match between two companies with proud history, strong heritage and passion for the well-being of our oceans and our planet,” Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO Asta Lassesen says.
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