Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature comes first. The weather, ice, and sea conditions have the final say in all of Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are our top priorities at all times. All our itineraries are continuously evaluated in order to adapt them, either due to constraints from unexpected weather conditions, or on the positive side, due to exciting nature and wildlife possibilities. That is why we call it an expedition.
DAY 1 : San Diego, U.S.
America’s Finest City
May 2, 2022
Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM
Some call San Diego the ‘birthplace of California’, a perfect match for the first day of our expedition in celebration of new beginnings.
This laid-back city boasts more than 60 beautiful beaches and possibly the best weather in all of North America. There is exciting culinary culture here, cooking up signature Baja California cuisine and concocting more craft beer flavors than anywhere else in the U.S.
It’s a shame to spend less than a day here; perhaps come a few days early and participate in our Pre-Program? Or, come early and explore a few of more than 17 museums and the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, then enjoy Mexican-inspired comfort food and choose your favorite beach for a day or two of sun.
After you’ve boarded the MS Roald Amundsen and checked in, pick up your complimentary expedition jacket and unpack in your cabin. Other than the mandatory safety briefing you must attend, you can spend your free time exploring the ship and settling in. After we set sail, the captain will give a welcome toast. Enjoy the first of many sumptuous meals, and you will meet your Expedition Team.
DAY 2 : Santa Barbara, U.S.
The American Riviera
May 3, 2022
Situated between the fertile vineyards of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the pristine Pacific coast beaches, Santa Barbara has old-style Spanish charm in a Golden State setting. For over a decade, the city housed the world’s largest silent film studio, until the business grew too big and they took it all to Hollywood.
A great place to start exploring is the Santa Barbara Mission church. Admire the beautiful Spanish-era buildings, browse the shops along terracotta-tiled State Street, and stroll through the peaceful Mission Rose Garden. At Stearns Wharf, California’s oldest pier, take in views of the Pacific and grab some homemade ice cream. Still have some time to spare? Try one of the excellent restaurants or bars here. Or do a wine tasting from a local vineyard—the city is famed for its wines, after all.
On our way to and from Santa Barbara, don’t forget to get on deck to spot whales as we sail through the surrounding Channel Islands.
DAY 3 : At Sea
Scanning for sea life
May 4, 2022
An important part of any expedition is knowing how to enjoy living in the moment, remembering to take time to reconnect with nature and the world around us. Enjoy panoramic views from a spot in the Explorer Lounge or head out on deck and bask in the sights and sounds that surround you. Who knows? Maybe the humpback whales known to swim in the area might make an appearance between the waves. The atmosphere is idyllic, with the hum of the sea breeze punctuated by cries of a wide variety of seabirds found along the West Coast.
You can also participate in a number of Citizen Science projects we support. These include the Happywhale project, where your photographs help identify and track the movement of specific whales across the planet, identified from their distinguishing characteristics. You may also join the GLOBE Observer project, which combines your observations of clouds and sky conditions with satellite data. This helps scientists at space agencies such as NASA more comprehensively understand the clouds in our atmosphere. By participating in these projects, not only will you be supporting the scientific community, you’ll also be gaining better understanding of the world around you.
DAY 4 : Redwood National Park
Walk among the ancient trees
May 5, 2022
Today we drop anchor at Eureka. From here, we’ll go on an included excursion to the incredible Redwood National Park. Wandering this International Biosphere Reserve is an awe-inspiring experience. With some giant old-growth redwoods towering over 325 feet tall, you’ll see why the world’s tallest trees are often called ‘nature’s skyscrapers’. Certain trees here are also over 1,500 years old, a living testament to the success of a well-supported conservation project that saved these ancient giants from the lumberjack’s saw.
After your visit to Redwood National Park, there’s an opportunity to explore Eureka. This scenic seaport is known for its Victorian-era charm and eco-conscious vibe. The town earned its prosperity on the lumber trade, and there’s evidence of this in the handsome Victorian mansions on display. Check out the picturesque Old Town, where you’ll find boutique shops along the beautiful waterfront. You can also enjoy a drink here and gaze as fishing boats return across Humboldt Bay.
DAY 5 : Sea Day
May 6, 2022
Inspired by the landscapes and your adventures so far? Consider using this day at sea to channel your inner artist in an onboard art workshop. Or maybe spend time learning the basic concepts of expedition photography from our onboard photographer, who will make sure your digital memories are as vivid as the ones in your head.
Spend time on deck and watch for wildlife as the Californian coast rolls by in the distance. Who knows? You may even spot a humpback or two! Give into your temptation and soak in one of the relaxing hot tubs or take a dip in the infinity pool. Suitably refreshed, you can head up to the bar and enjoy a cocktail or two with some of the other guests. We’re sure to have some bottles of local wines stocked up, so you wouldn’t go wrong with a wine-tasting session of Californian Chardonnay or Cabernet.
DAY 6 : San Juan Archipelago
Views of the Pacific Northwest
May 7, 2022
Today we cruise around the ecological haven of the San Juan Islands. These rugged islands form an archipelago between the state of Washington and Canada’s Vancouver Island—they’re a world class destination for spotting marine wildlife. What could be better than sitting on deck and gazing at these pine covered islands with a backdrop of snowy mountain peaks in the distance?
If we’re lucky, you might spot humpbacks, minke whales, and even orcas. The islands also host a great number of bald eagles, great blue herons, black oystercatchers, and numerous shore birds.
The Expedition Team will join you on deck and help you spot wildlife and will point out sites of interest along the way.
DAY 7 : Olympic National Park, U.S.
May 8, 2022
Today we drop anchor at the small seaport of Port Angeles for a day of mountain exploration. The town itself is charming, especially the downtown area near the ferry port, but we plan to spend most of this day exploring Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park was declared a National Monument in 1909 and UNESCO later designated it as an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. The park hosts three distinct ecosystems: the rugged Pacific coast, an area of temperate forest, and a subalpine forest with wildflower meadows.
We’ll explore the subalpine region and take you to mountainous Hurricane Ridge, where some snow might still linger from winter. From here, you’ll have the option to join a guided hike through the park to discover its rich and varied flora and fauna. There will be plenty of bird-watching opportunities along the way. You may even come across Roosevelt elk, which are indigenous to the area, as are black bears.
DAY 8 : Vancouver, Canada
Welcome to Canada!
May 9, 2022
Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM
Your expedition cruise along the Pacific coast comes to its final port of call as we sail into Vancouver. Set amid stunning mountain scenery, Vancouver is both a bustling seaport and cosmopolitan city.
There’s always a cultural event on tap in Vancouver. You’ll soon find out why people rave about British Colombia’s largest city. After your exciting expedition voyage, you might just want to relax and sample Vancouver’s world-class cuisine or take in a few art galleries or museums.
If you want, extend your stay in Vancouver with a Post-Program to the nearby mountain resort of Whistler. Or spend a few extra days as you wind down from the experiences of the past nine days. It’s up to you!
Included in Your Expedition
- 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
- Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
- Use the ship’s Science Center, which features an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
- Loan of trekking poles and all equipment needed for the activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities are expected
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
Extend Your Cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.
YVRPOST22 - Vancouver: Post-Program
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- Practical Information for Expedition Cruises On Board MS Roald Amundsen
- Meet Our Expedition Team
- Young Explorers’ Program: Bring your kids on board