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Friday,  April 19, 2024 6:59 PM 

Construction begins on Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen

Construction begins on Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten has officially started construction of MS Roald Amundsen, billed as the world’s first hybrid expedition ship. Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam was on hand to mark the official commencement of the work.

The ship, launched in 2018, will be the world’s first expedition cruise ship powered by hybrid battery technology. The steel section marking the official start of the construction will become one of the main engine compartments, housing the ship’s hybrid engines.

“Sustainability will be the core of every detail of the ship and the onboard operation,” commented Skjeldam. “The hybrid engines will reduce fuel consumption substantially and allow for periods of completely emission-free sailing. With a number of other groundbreaking technical solutions throughout the ship, MS Roald Amundsen will be the most advanced and environmentally-friendly expedition ship ever built.”

The ship will also feature extensive in- and outdoor explorer decks, an Activity Centre, three restaurants, a fitness- and wellness centre, and a top deck pool bar with two jacuzzis and an infinity pool. More than half of the 265 all-outside cabins feature private balconies, while a number of Expedition Suites offer private outdoor Jacuzzis.

“With MS Roald Amundsen, we combine unparalleled knowhow with cutting-edge technology, modern luxury, Scandinavian design and Norwegian desire to explore – to offer the modern-day adventure traveller exactly what they want,” Skjeldam said. “This is the future. It’s exploring, not cruising.”

The ship’s inaugural season includes expedition voyages to Antarctica and the Chilean fjords.

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