Exploring the past  


You’ll visit some of Europe’s most historic sites on this cruise along Europe’s Atlantic coast. Learn about Normandy’s history from Viking invasions to the D-Day landings, visit UNESCO-listed sites such as Lisbon’s Torre de Belém, watch for wildlife as you cross the Bay of Biscay, and prepare for the rugged fjord-like landscapes of the Galician Rías.      


Cultures and cuisine    


Experience the diverse coastal cultures of Europe from the Bretons in France to the Galicians in Spain, and delve into the region’s maritime history. You’ll also get an authentic taste of the towns we visit by sampling sumptuous local cuisine, like tapas accompanied by traditional Galician cider.


Highlights


• Join us as we explore Europe’s diverse coastline from Scotland to the Iberian Peninsula, calling at Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal.

• Experience dramatic coastal landscapes, medieval towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

• Discover fascinating cultures such as the Bretons and Galicians, and delve into the rich maritime history of Atlantic Europe.

Discover the many charms of the much-loved city of Edinburgh 

Your adventure along Europe’s Atlantic coastline begins in Edinburgh. After London, Edinburgh is the most visited city in the United Kingdom, and you’ll soon see why. With streets steeped in history and a thriving cultural scene, the Scottish capital offers the perfect balance between the traditional and contemporary.    

Explore mysterious winding alleys and elegant terraced rows, and check out some of the many shops, bars and restaurants. Get a great view of the city from majestic Edinburgh Castle, where you can see Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the famed Stone of Destiny.  

Your comfortable expedition ship MS Maud will be ready and waiting for you in the port.

Time to relax as we head to Hamburg  

Your first day at sea is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with your comfortable expedition ship. There’s plenty to see and do as we sail across the North Sea towards Germany. Why not work out in the gym or marvel at the panoramic views as you relax in the sauna or hot tub.   

Your Expedition Team will begin a series of lectures, offering unique insights into the history, heritage and natural sciences of the places we’ll be visiting.   

On deck, our biologists will help you scan the seas for wildlife. You can also pick up some useful tips from our onboard photographer. Or simply enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Discover Germany’s second-largest city 

There’s so much to see and do in Hamburg – the so-called 'Venice of the North' due to its picturesque canals. You'll find many attractions in the Altstadt, like St Nikolai Memorial and Deichstraße Historic Street.  

Hamburg is also home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Chilehaus, and the world's largest historic warehouse complex in Speicherstadt. Art lovers should head to Kunsthalle, the nation’s foremost art museum.

Experience the Frisian port city of Harlingen 

You can walk or bike around Harlingen, a city of canals and pretty harbours, and home to the last traditional pottery factory in the Netherlands. Harlingen lies on the shores of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

You'll find traditional sailing ships and historic warehouses around the old harbours of Noorderhaven and Zuiderhaven. Don’t miss the Harlingen Aardewerkmuseum to admire displays of distinctive Frisian pottery.

Rich medieval architecture among winding streets 

First a fishing village, then a medieval city, and later a royal seaside resort – the strategic port of Oostende is steeped in European history. Yet, despite the ravages of war and time, many of its medieval features have survived to the present day.    

It’s also a great base from which to visit UNESCO-listed Bruges. Lose yourself in this beautifully preserved medieval town, as you explore winding streets, picturesque canals and grand 14th century buildings.

Discover historic beaches and see moving WWII memorials 

Normandy has a fascinating history, from the Viking invasion to the D-Day landings in 1944. In Cherbourg, you'll learn more about the Battle of Normandy and the role played by the city at Musée de la Liberation.  

The city also boasts the Thomas Henry Museum, Normandy's third Museum of fine arts, displaying a unique collection of works by Jean-François Millet, as well as an incredible collection of 300 paintings and sculptures from the 15th to the 19th century. 

Join one of our optional excursions and explore some of the famous beaches of the D-Day landings, pay homage to moving WWII memorials, and visit the famous Bayeux tapestry.

 A beautiful Breton town steeped in history 

Viewed from the sea Saint-Malo is an impressive sight, fringed by fortified bastions and gently sloping beaches. 

A circular walk along the ramparts offers the best views of the town and surrounding islands. Or head out on your own and take a tour of the Privateers House to learn about the feared Corsairs and the town’s pirate heritage. 

Visit the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel or walk to Île de Grand Bé at low tide. The island has remains of an ancient fort and is where the renowned local writer Chateaubriand is buried.

Inspiring coastal scenery and maritime history 

In the picturesque seaside town of Dourarnenez, you'll find the colourful quaysides, sandy beaches, and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin. As well as fishermen’s houses and seamen’s chapels, Dourarnenez hosts a wonderful maritime museum with boats from around the world. 

If conditions don’t allow a visit to Dourarnenez, we’ll head to nearby Brest, a fascinating maritime city with medieval fortifications. Here, you can visit the National Maritime Museum inside the military fortress of Château de Brest. It’s a modern city too, with lively quays and docks that are perfect for a scenic stroll.

Unwind and enjoy the natural world around you 

Today is the perfect day to relax on deck with your binoculars and look out for whales, dolphins and porpoises. This is one of the few places in the world where beaked whales can be seen – if you’re lucky – as they’re drawn to the nutrient rich waters of the Bay. 

You can also learn about the marine biology of the seas along our cruise, with hands-on demonstrations and in-depth lectures about the history, geography, and environment of the destinations to come. And don’t forget the leisure facilities on board – why not try out the panoramic sauna?

Explore Ferrol and get a taste of Galicia 

Our next stop is Ferrol on the rugged coast of Galicia. Once a small fishing hamlet, for the past three centuries it’s been Spain’s main naval base. There are more forts, citadels and barracks here than any other harbour in the country.   

An overnight stay in Ferrol gives us two full days to explore the highlights of northern Galicia. Get to know the Neoclassical historic centre of Ferrol on a guided tour, walk a section of the ancient pilgrimage trails that crisscross Galicia, or join optional excursions to the UNESCO-listed towns of Lugo and Santiago de Compostela.

The beautiful city of Vigo in the heart of Galicia

Our cruise continues to Vigo, once the gateway to the Americas. Protected by the beautiful Islas Cíes, Vigo has one of the best natural harbours in Galicia and became its main trading and fishing port.  

Perfectly located for exploring the city on foot, you can visit the bustling Rúa do Príncipe with its eclectic mix of buildings in Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architectural styles. Or seek out the impressive 16th century Castro Castle and park.   

On your way to the old town and Neoclassical cathedral, don’t miss the Rúa da Pescadería, and sample some of the delicious seafood Galicia is famous for.

Explore the UNESCO-listed historic centre of Porto   

Arriving in Portugal, we dock at Leixoes. From here, you can see the Lighthouse of Leça, the Boa Nova Chapel, and the beautiful beach of Praia Azul.   

You can take a shuttle bus to Porto – famed for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic centre. An undulating city made for strolling, you'll fall in love with the pastel houses, colourful tiled facades, street art, ornate churches and panoramic views across the Douro. 

Here, you can stroll along the bustling promenade by the Ribeira docks, cross the Dom Luís I Bridge, snack on delicious petiscos, and enjoy wine tastings at the port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

One of southern Europe's most enchanting cities 

Your cruise along Europe’s Atlantic coast ends in one of southern Europe's most enchanting cities – Lisbon. 

If you have time before your onward journey, we recommend a tour of Lisbon's classical districts. Start your exploration at the Praça do Comercio in Baixa and walk towards the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. From there, you'll arrive at Alfama and the old Islamic quarter, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre and the Moorish fortress. You can also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, where you'll also find the delicious pastéis de Belém. 

If you’d like to explore more of Lisbon and its surroundings before you return home, why not join our optional Post-Programme.

Itineraries are subject to change. 

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Length: 135,75 m

Passenger Capacity: 528

Built: 2003

About the ship

MS Maud, previously MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen's 'Maud' from 1917. The original 'Maud' got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway. She also had her namesake in Hurtigruten Expedition’s 1925 flagship, DS Dronning Maud ('DS Queen Maud').

Ship features

This ship has passed stringent tests and has been accredited by the leading independent certification body Bureau Veritas (BV). The strict and thorough safety audit required by BV ensures every ship is in compliance with industry and international health, safety and hygiene best practices. When you see the SafeGuard label, you can feel confident the vessel you’re sailing in meets the highest standards to achieve certification. SafeGuard furthermore ensures that best practice guidelines are being followed with regard to hygiene, sanitation and limiting the spread of infectious diseases on board.

Today, MS Maud is equipped with advanced technology that makes her exceptionally well-suited for expedition cruises in Norway and the British Isles.

Premium expedition comfort

Her bright interiors are appointed in a classic Art Deco style. Colours are inspired by the Midnight Sun, allowing you to relax in warm vibes every day of the year. Channel your inner scientist in the advanced Science Center and enjoy daily lectures in the lecture hall or in the comfort of your cabin with our new streaming service. Sample delicious dishes from local suppliers in the restaurants and enjoy beverages and the spectacular views in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. On deck 9, you can enjoy the spectacular views from the outdoor Observation deck. There’s also a gym and a sauna with stunning views.

Interior and Cabins

MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising, with a décor inspired by Norway’s stunning nature, reflected in many of the pieces of Norwegian modern art on board. Her bright interiors are appointed in a classic Art Deco style. Colours are inspired by the Midnight Sun, allowing you to relax in warm vibes every day of the year.

Explorer lounge & bar

Enjoy the view with a drink in the Explorer lounge & bar.

Science Center

The hub of onboard learning is our Science Center, an edutainment venue where guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas we explore. We stream for your comfort our lectures to cabins.

Gym

The MS Maud offers a complete gym.

Sauna & Ralaxation

After a day of exploring, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the hot tubs or the sauna, exercise in the gym, take in the scenery in the elegant Explorer Lounge & Bar, or browse in the on-board shop.

Library 

The ship has a small selection of books that are available to guests while on board.

Observation Deck

The Observation Deck is an ideal place to scan the scenery and watch wildlife with your binoculars.

Aune Restaurant

Welcome onboard to a culinary journey and our award-winning food sourcing program. On board you find restaurant Aune - our main dining room; Named after the Norwegian ship chandler and polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune.

Fredheim Restaurant

The ships’ informal and social meeting place – named after a 1900s hunting station on Svalbard. Fredheim - with casual fast food and plant based alternatives.

Lindstrom Restaurant

And our fine dining restaurant Lindstrøm, named after Polar Hero and Amundsen Chef Adolf Lindstrøm. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy.

Cabin layout for Maud

Inclusions


HX Expedition voyages include
• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• On board lectures
• Daily expeditions and activities such as hikes, community visits, talks and more
• Full board dining, including breakfast, lunch and dinner with house wine and beer
• Wine, beer, spirits and cocktails available across the day and evening
• All-day coffee, tea & soft drinks
• Free Wi-Fi
• Gratuities
• Our interactive science programme, Science Centre and activities both on and off the ships
• Access to sauna, hot tubs, fitness room and more
• Professional photos from the onboard photographer
• Opportunities to engage with and support local communities and environmental initiatives through Hurtigruten
Foundation.
• Take home expedition jacket and reusable water bottle
• Expedition photographers on hand to assist you

Coastal Voyages include
• Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from Norway's Coastal Kitchen
• Norwegian- and English-speaking Coastal Experience Team on board
• Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
• Onboard lectures and presentations on Norway’s history, biology, geography, geology, and culture
• Introductory photo presentation, camera adjustment and tips and tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage
• A welcome event, and daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
• Presentations about the ports we visit
• Presentation of excursion programmes
• Point of interest presentations out on deck
• Captain’s dinner and a farewell event

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Optional Excursions
• Pre and Post voyage accommodation
• Beverages on board unless otherwise stated (Premium drinks (top shelf spirits, vintage wines, champagne, etc.)​
• Meals while ashore
• Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
• Some specialist excursions and experiences with limited capacity​
• Fine dining in our Lindstrøm restaurant​
• For those who want to set sail in style for a little bit extra, our Expedition Suites offer a complimentary bottle of champagne, unlimited access to our Lindstrøm fine dining restaurant, laundry and turn-down service and more.

Notes
• All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
• Excursions and activities are subject to change
• Please make sure you meet your entry and boarding requirements
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