Hurtigruten has cancelled expedition cruises that were due to depart with MS Maud in March from Dover.

The cruise line said in a statement: “In dialogue with the relevant national and international health authorities and travel regulators, we have seen governments harden their response to the developing coronavirus pandemic and tighten restrictions. With this backdrop, Hurtigruten has taken the decision to cancel MS Maud’s expedition cruises in March 2021 from Dover.”

UK customers affected by the cancellations will be offered either a Future Cruise Voucher, worth 125% of money paid and a 10% future cruise discount; or a full refund.

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Anthony Daniels, general manager of Hurtigruten UK/EMEA, said: “With the recent launch of MS Maud’s 2022-23 season departing from Dover, Hurtigruten are demonstrating our commitment to developing the UK’s small-ship expedition cruise market; and we anticipate rebooking via the Future Cruise Voucher to be a very attractive option for customers.

“Safety remains our number one priority, and our rigorous new protocols evolve as the pandemic develops. These will underpin a safe re-start for expedition cruising.”

The itineraries departing from Dover on the newly refurbished MS Maud were unveiled last October when Hurtigruten released its 2021-2022 Expedition brochure.

There are five no-fly expedition cruises from the UK port, exploring remote locations around the British Isles, Norway and – for the first time in Hurtigruten’s 127-year history – southern Scandinavia.