Hurtigruten Expeditions has launched its first-ever African cruises along the continent’s west for the 2022/23 season, based out of Dakar.

The cruise line will be the only expedition brand to explore the region, as it introduces four new countries into its destinations — Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal — with all cruises including a land-based adventure as part of the itinerary.

Departing aboard MS Spitsbergen from 27 November 2022, the season will visit some of West Africa’s unique archipelagos, including the Bissagos Islands, one of the world’s most untouched destinations.

Pre-embarkation, guests will explore the island of Goree, where they will experience colourful colonial houses, baobabs, and palm trees, and immerse themselves in the history of this former slave isle.

Post-embarkation, a city tour of Dakar will showcase to guests the charming multi-faceted Senegalese capital while discovering its historical moments and driving along the corniche.