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Return of Cruise Ships to Dartmouth

After two unpredictable seasons for the industry, cruise ships return to Dartmouth at the end of April, with two arrivals on consecutive days.

We start off quietly on 22 April with  Ocean Nova, holding a maximum of just 84 passengers.  Spending much of her time running polar expeditions, on this occasion however, she has been chartered privately. The Dartmouth Visitor Centre will be in attendance to hand out information to these private guests. A late night departure is currently planned, allowing for a full day in the town.

On Saturday 23 April  we will have the first of four visits by Hurtigruten’s MS Maud. Hurtigruten is probably best known for its popular journeys up and down the coast of Norway, delivering mail, goods and passengers to cities, towns and tiny villages. In recent years they have expanded into the cruise market and now offer exploration voyages outside of their native country.

MS Maud was formally known as Midnatsol and has been working the coastal route since its launch in 2003.  Relaunched in 2021 with additional green/environmentally – friendly technology, she now carries just over 500 guests on voyages out of Dover for summer 2022.  Hurtigruten is offering passengers a complimentary tour of Dartmouth during the morning, which is arranged and headed by Town Crier, Les Ellis and his team. Maud will be leaving in the early afternoon for her final destination, Dover.

Both ships can be viewed mid-river, dependent on weather conditions.


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