HURTIGRUTEN has developed a new range of Antarctica itineraries for the 2022-23 season, with fully-inclusive packages ex Australia priced from just $10,999 per person, aboard three expedition ships, including its newest vessel, Fridtjof Nansen.
The program includes international and local charter flights, transfers, pre- and post- hotel accommodation, a premium onboard drinks package, free wi-fi, and an expedition kit.
Fully commissionable to travel agents, guests are also entitled to take up Hurtigruten’s book with confidence offer providing generous flexibility terms.
The Antarctica deal is available for bookings confirmed by 18 December, and is combinable with Ambassador, COVID-19 rebooking and back-to-back combo discounts.
“We’ve tried to break down every single barrier to really give people the opportunity to plan ahead and travel in 2022,” said Hurtigruten’s APAC MD, Damian Perry .
“The concept is saying, let’s remove the barrier of price and give someone a really attractive package across our whole Antarctica network, which is 10 different itineraries and 30 different departures across three different ships.
“We’re making it as simple as possible for our travel partners, this is a package all ready to go at an incredible value that is all-inclusive…we’re going to back it all up with a book with confidence offer, which is a change-your-mind solution.
“It’s trying to tick all the boxes of how it may look in the future to give great solutions and make it really profitable for the future,” he said
Perry noted Hurtigruten had already seen a lot of confidence for 2022 in those looking to return to international travel with big bucket list trips.
“I think it’s going to be quite an effective year,” he enthused.
“2022 is looking quite strong in destinations such as Antarctica and the Arctic…we’re getting bucket list bookings to places like the Northwest Passage.
“The highest rebooking rate, which sits around 95%, sits around those destinations…they’re not pulling back, very few are cancelling, people are still wanting to tick off Antarctica.”
With Hurtigruten having made large investments in the trade over the past 12 months, such as through its B2B portal, Perry said the cruise line’s commitment to travel partners would not diminish as cruising returned.
“We’re still very much focused on the trade, they’ve been fantastic support for Hurtigruten over the years,” Perry said.
“You will see a continued investment in trade…we want to break down those barriers so they can earn a good revenue out of this model and be really effective.”