Christmas Expedition Cruise from London

Christmas Expedition Cruise from London

Christmas Expedition Cruise from London

Christmas Expedition Cruise from London

Travel information 15 days MS Maud
December 23, 2023
Price from
$ 7,344
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Starting from London (Tilbury), you’ll enjoy a unique Christmas experience on our comfortable expedition ship as we sail to Norway. We’ll celebrate Christmas at sea and reach the one of the most picturesque cities in Norway, Bergen, where you can explore the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district on foot. Next, in the stunning Lofoten islands, you’ll visit one of the best-preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway. In the Arctic capital of Tromsø, you’ll learn about its polar history and get the chance to go on some exciting excursions.

Starting the New Year on an adventure

Basking in the light of the Polar Night, we continue north to Narvik and see in the new year in style. As our special New Year’s party reaches its climax and the clock counts down to midnight, you’ll welcome in 2024 in a totally unique way. We’ll head off the beaten track exploring some of mid-Norway's islands and fjords for two magical days – expedition style! You’ll round off your journey exploring the glacial beauty of Nordfjord and lively Stavanger before ending your expedition cruise back where it all began, in London (Tilbury).

Christmas Expedition Cruise from London Christmas Expedition Cruise from London
  • Day 1
    London (Tilbury)/Harwich

    Setting off from the River Thames 

    December 23, 2023

    Start your magical winter cruise to Norway from the mouth of the mighty Thames. 

    If you have time, explore the UK’s vibrant capital before heading to Tilbury port to embark your comfortable expedition ship, MS Maud.  

    Once on board, you’ll pick up your complimentary expedition jacket, settle into your cabin, and attend a mandatory safety drill. When the ship sets sail, your Christmas and New Year’s adventure to the Arctic is officially underway! 

    Day 1
    London (Tilbury)/Harwich

    Setting off from the River Thames 

  • Day 2

    The Dutch Coast

    December 24, 2023

    See the sweeping sands of Scheveningen

    Today we’ll stop at Scheveningen, a fishing port and coastal district in the Dutch city of The Hague.

    Well known for its long stretch of beach, this bustling resort is the perfect spot for a seaside stroll in the fresh briny air, or you could take part in a beach clean-up. If you’d like to explore a bit further, Scheveningen’s compact centre is easily accessible on foot from the ship.

    In the nearby centre of The Hague, you’ll find the renowned Mauritshuis museum, where you can admire the works of famous Dutch painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. In the afternoon, your adventure at sea continues towards the enchanting coast of Norway.

    Day 2

    The Dutch Coast

  • Day 3
    At sea

    Norway bound - God Jul to all!

    December 25, 2023

    Spend two comfortable days at sea and spend a Christmas like no other.

    Make your Christmas truly memorable as we sail to Norway over the next two days. Relax in the sauna, soak in a hot tub, or listen to insightful lectures from the Expedition Team. They’ll share their extensive knowledge on the places, Christmas traditions, history, and natural phenomena you are likely to experience.

    On Christmas Day, we’ll sit down to a meal inspired by the Christmas dinner that Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen ate on his expedition to the North Pole in 1893. Wash it down with a generous glass (or more) of local akevitt (snaps) and beer. This is one Christmas you’ll remember for years to come!

    Day 3
    At sea

    Norway bound - God Jul to all!

  • Day 4

    Beautiful Bergen

    December 26, 2023

    The City of Seven Mountains is full of history and charm

    Welcome to Bergen, one of Norway’s most picturesque cities that’s perfect for exploring on foot. It was once Norway's capital and you’ll see that the city has retained a great deal of its local character, heritage and charm.   

    You’ll take a funicular ride to the top of Mount Fløyen. At the summit, breathe in the stunning views over the city, surrounded by seven mountains and the sea.  

    Once back in the centre of Bergen, stroll around the historic Bryggen district, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its distinctive wooden wharves.

    • Included Bergen - The Fløibanen Funicular
    Day 4

    Beautiful Bergen

  • Day 5
    At sea

    Cruising the coastal inner route towards the Arctic

    December 27, 2023

    Enjoy a restful day at sea and cross the Arctic Circle as we sail north

    Relax in the ship’s Explorer Lounge or take in the scenery out on deck as we sail through Helgeland county, home to the Seven Sisters mountain range.

    The Expedition Team continues its onboard lecture series and there may be a photography workshop, giving you top tips on how to capture the best Northern Lights images.

    It’s the Polar Night above the Arctic Circle, but it won't be complete darkness. You’ll get to experience the very romantic ‘blue hour’. This is an extended twilight where the winter sun glows just below the horizon, bathing Norway’s fjords and mountains in a dreamy cobalt-blue light.

    Day 5
    At sea

    Cruising the coastal inner route towards the Arctic

  • Day 6

    Idyllic Lofoten

    December 28, 2023

    Majestic peaks, sheltered bays and pristine beaches

    Today we explore the famed Lofoten Islands. With steep mountains, beautiful beaches and pretty fishing villages, the archipelago is unlike anything you’ve seen.   

    Svolvær is the largest town in Lofoten with about 4,800 residents, many of whom work as fishermen. There are shops and art galleries to browse along the seafront promenade and rows of rorbuer to admire.   

    You might spot wooden racks called hjell dotted around the shores of the town too. Locally caught cod is dried on these racks and later turned into tørrfisk, or stockfish in English, and prized as a local delicacy. Fishing is clearly an important way of life in Lofoten and the lectures on board may focus on how cod effectively helped to build Norway into a country.

    • Included Reine - The Fishing Village of Å
    Day 6

    Idyllic Lofoten

  • Day 7

    Gateway to the Arctic

    December 29, 2023

    Discover the rich history and culture of Tromsø, the so-called capital of the Arctic

    Scan for humpback whales out on deck or in the Explorer Lounge as we sail to Tromsø, capital of the Arctic. The city is especially pretty around Christmas, adorned with lights and decorations. You’ll spend your day discovering its fascinating history, culture and bold architecture.

    The Arctic Cathedral is one of the most striking landmarks in Tromsø, especially when lit up at night. Check out the Polar Museum to learn about Tromsø’s fabled explorer history and join the friendly locals in the town’s many pubs, including the world’s northernmost brewery.

    • Included The Polar Museum
    Day 7

    Gateway to the Arctic

  • Day 8

    Historic Narvik

    December 30, 2023

    Discover one of the world's most northerly towns  

    Sitting 150 miles inside the Arctic Circle and surrounded by three fjords, Narvik enjoys a spectacular setting.   

    Developed as an all-year port for the Swedish iron mines, Narvik was a strategic target for Germany during World War II. Today, you can browse the local galleries, shops, and restaurants specialising in local seafood and reindeer meat.  

    If conditions allow, ride the cable car to the top of Mount Narvik for breathtaking views. Or go hiking, snowshoeing or kayaking on the fjord.  

    Day 8

    Historic Narvik

  • Day 9-10
    At sea

    On expedition

    December 31, 2023 - January 1, 2024

    Expect the unexpected over the next two days, as we go on a New Year expedition 

    Over the next two days we’ll go off the beaten track, heading wherever takes our fancy. Activities and any landings will be chosen by the Expedition Team. They’ll draw on their in-depth knowledge of the area to bring you to the most exhilarating and scenic locations.

    There are many islands and fjords to discover in this region, and we’ll get a closer look at some of them. Our expedition boats will take us ashore, giving you the chance to see local wildlife. Weather conditions will also play a part in deciding where to explore – so all we can say is expect the unexpected!

    Day 9-10
    At sea

    On expedition

  • Day 11
    Outside Loen

    Views from Mount Hoven

    January 2, 2024

    Enjoy the glacial beauty of Nordfjord 

    In the morning, we’ll enter Nordfjord. We’ll pass Hornelen, Europe's highest sea cliff – look out for it if your cruise is passing in daylight – and head towards Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest glacier. 

    As we cruise past picturesque inlets, you'll spy old fishing communities dating back to pre-Viking times. One of these is Loen, where we'll land if conditions are right. In the shadow of the mighty glacier, there's much to discover. 

    After a short boat ride to the floating jetty, you may take the Loen Skylift to enjoy spectacular views from the summit of Mount Hoven.  

    Day 11
    Outside Loen

    Views from Mount Hoven

  • Day 12

    Old and new

    January 3, 2024

    Explore lively Stavanger

    Today, we’ll explore the picturesque city of Stavanger – Norway’s fourth largest city. 

    With an international ambience and a lively cultural scene, Stavanger is a cosmopolitan city set in stunning surroundings. Discover the architectural relics of Old Stavanger, including a magnificent 12th century cathedral. You can also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, pop into a local boutique or simply enjoy a beer on the waterfront.    

    Looking towards the harbour is the statue of the former mayor and well-known author Alexander Kielland. The pedestrian street leads you to the Valberg Tower, situated on a small hill and overlooking the central part of the city and harbour. 

    Day 12

    Old and new

  • Day 13
    At sea

    Heading home

    January 4, 2024

    Recall the best moments of your expedition cruise

    Make the most of your day on board MS Maud. You may want to soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, relax in the Explorer Lounge or sit back and edit the photographs from your trip.

    Likely, you’ll spend your day reflecting on all the wonderful experiences you’ve had. Like the sensation of standing in awe under the Northern Lights or the spectacular scenery of the Lofoten Islands.

    Don’t miss the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of our memorable expedition cruise to the fjords of Norway. Their enthusiasm might tempt you to return, but perhaps in a different season next time.

    Day 13
    At sea

    Heading home

  • Day 14
    London (Tilbury)

    Refreshed and ready for the new year

    January 5, 2024

    End your expedition cruise in Tilbury, the gateway to London. 

    Today you’ll say farewell to MS Maud, taking with you memories of Norway in winter during Christmas time - wonderful fjords, fascinating towns and cities, and – hopefully – the Northern Lights.  

    Before beginning your onward journey, why not visit some of London’s iconic sites, and absorb the atmosphere of this vibrant and cultural city. The city’s renowned restaurants rub shoulders with myriad markets, so take some time to discover this foodie’s paradise. Why not explore historic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, or experience culture at London’s many world-famous museums and galleries. A perfect way to end your festive voyage. 

    Whatever’s next for you, we wish you a safe onward journey and look forward to seeing you on your next adventure!  

    Day 14
    London (Tilbury)

    Refreshed and ready for the new year



  • January
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  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the 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 in 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 organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and an indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Trekking poles, head lamps, and walking poles are available, if necessary
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 570 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 445 ft
Beam 70.5 ft
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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Science center - MS Maud
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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