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07/02/2024 By : Travel Weekly

HX confirms MS Maud will return in April.

HX (Hurtigruten Expeditions) has confirmed MS Maud will make a comeback in April after undergoing repairs for weather damage.

The purpose-built expedition ship, which suffered damage at the end of last year, will return to service for a trip round the British Isles, before heading to the Arctic and then Antarctica for further itineraries.

The British trip in mid-April will have Scottish weather presenter Carol Kirkwood on board to deliver talks and take part in Q&A sessions during the sailing from Douglas to Dover.


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In July, MS Maud will head to the Arctic for sailings taking in Greenland and Iceland. The ship previously made history in the latter destination when it became the first cruise ship to connect to shore power in the country.

In October, the ship will move to Antarctica for a series of new expeditions, including the 17-day Chilean Patagonia and Antarctica expedition.

MS Maud will also sail 23-day and 24-day voyages offering guests the chance to see South America, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in one trip.

All MS Maud sailings from April are part of HX’s ongoing wave season offer, featuring free flights and an additional discount for members of the HX loyalty program.

Guests who were originally booked on MS Maud from February 3 to March 16 are being offered the chance to experience the same Northern Lights itinerary on MS Spitsbergen subject to availability.

Alternatively, guests can book onto another sailing departing between January and April 2024. This includes select Norway sailings with sister brand Hurtigruten.

There is also the option to receive a future cruise voucher to book a new expedition at a later date or a full refund.

In December last year, MS Maud lost power during a storm in the North Sea. A “rogue wave” shattered windows on the bridge, causing the ship to lose its ability to navigate.

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