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Hurtigruten Americas More than Doubles Canadian Team

Hurtigruten Americas, which handles both Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world’s leading expedition cruise company, and Hurtigruten Norway, which has operated the legendary Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express since 1893, has more than doubled its Canadian sales team this summer. The company will now significantly increase its presence in the Canadian travel trade market with greater support and outreach.

Émilie Giguère, Jake Rogers, and Carmen Wakileh have recently joined the Canadian sales team alongside Kristin Erz, Sales Director (Canada) and Carly Biggart, VP Sales (Americas).

“We are so excited to have these three amazing talents join Hurtigruten as we will truly be able to focus much more on the Canadian small-ship cruise and adventure travel market. Their expertise and background will make us stronger and more competitive in this important market where we see nothing but mutual sales growth opportunities with our partners. We know our Canadian guests love the Hurtigruten experience and brand, and we cannot wait to bring that to more Canadian travelers through our travel advisor partners. And for our French Canadian partners, we almost 50 French-escort sailings through 2024 across a variety of destinations that you can offer your clients,” said Kristin Erz, Sales Director, Canada.

The new additions to the Canadian Sales Team include:

Jake Rogers, Business Development Manager, Western Canada
Jake is based in Kelowna and supports British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Starting in his native Australia, Jake brings over a decade of experience in travel and tourism, most recently working with Rezgo and Air New Zealand. His first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions was Alaska.

Jake can be reached at +1 (604) 817-9717 and

Émilie Giguère, Business Development Manager, Eastern Canada
Émilie is based just outside of Montreal supporting Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador

She comes with 20 years of experience in the travel industry, most recently working with Tahiti Tourisme North America and Princess Cruises, and Cunard Line. Her first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions is the Galápagos Islands.

Émilie can be reached at +1 (514) 212-4762 and

Carmen Wakileh, Inside Sales Representative, Canada
Carmen is based in Toronto supporting the Canadian sales team. She brings 18 years of travel industry experience to the table, including inside sales roles at Transat and Air Canada Vacations. Her first experience with Hurtigruten Expeditions will be an itinerary encompassing Iceland, Greenland, and Canada.

Carmen can be reached at

The 49 French escorted itineraries include sailings to Alaska, Antarctica, the Canary Islands, Greenland, Iceland, North America, the Northwest Passage and Arctic Canada, South America, Svalbard, and West Africa, featuring a long list of bucket list destinations and some of the most remote and untouched places in the world. The journeys range from eight days to 23 days for the longer voyages to Antarctica, the Falklands, and South Georgia, also known as the Ultimate Expedition. All French escorted itineraries can be found here.

For more information, please contact:
Anders Lindström
Head of PR & Communications, the Americas


Hurtigruten Group - World leader in exploration travel

Hurtigruten Group is the world's leading adventure travel company, allowing guests to explore the most unique destinations in a sustainable and meaningful way.

With headquarters in Oslo, Norway, Hurtigruten Group has a proud expedition heritage and is committed to working with the best green technology to ensure our products are safe and respectful towards nature, wildlife and the communities we visit.

Hurtigruten Group has a comprehensive portfolio encompassing three business areas: Hurtigruten Expeditions, which was founded in 1896, and is the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise operator offering small-ship expedition cruising to around 250 destinations to more than 30 countries. Hurtigruten Norway, which operates Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express, considered ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage' has been sailing along the Norwegian coastline since 1893. Hurtigruten Svalbard, one of the most exclusive tour operators in the industry, offers land-based adventures on the spectacular Arcticarchipelago.


Anders Lindström

Anders Lindström

Press contact Head of Press and Communications (Americas) Hurtigruten Expeditions & Hurtigruten +1 646 944 9029

Hurtigruten Group
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