Adventure expert moves from Quark Expeditions to Hurtigruten

Expert Alex McNeil is to develop Hurtigruten Expeditions’ next generation of cruises after switching from Quark Expeditions.

He will assume the role as senior vice president of expeditions product and guest experience at the Norwegian company in February.

McNeil has completed more than 100 expeditions, including reaching the Geographic North Pole 14 times and was previously director of expedition experience and innovation at Quark Expeditions.

Hurtigruten Expeditions chief executive Asta Lassesen said: “Alex will play a significant role in developing the future of our expeditions as we continue to create new and exciting adventures for our guests. 

“His extensive field experience combined with understanding of how to offer the most sustainable and inspiring expedition cruises, makes me confident that he will help us re-design the future of adventure travel.”

A pioneer in the expedition industry since 2007, McNeil said: “I am excited to be a part of the Hurtigruten Expeditions team as we identify global opportunities to develop an entirely new range of sustainable, guest experiences.

“We will explore nature and culture together with our guests and alongside those who live in the regions we visit. 

“It will be important, for example, to integrate even more local expertise, local food and other local products and services than today.”