Two Rolls-Royce-designed new ships will be sailing along the Norwegian coast. The two-week journeys start in Amsterdam and Hamburg.
Published: 30 November 2017
Brilliant news for all of you who prefer experiencing Norwegian nature amid fresh sea air and lapping waves: In the summer of 2019, Hurtigruten will launch a number of sailings using the hybrid boats, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, which are currently being built at Kleven shipyard in Ulsteinvik.
These sea voyages will have a duration of two weeks. MS Roald Amundsen sails from Hamburg, along the traditional coastal route Bergen-Kirkenes and back to Hamburg, with side trips to scenic destinations such as Geiranger and Reine.
MS Fridtjof Nansen will cast off in Amsterdam and travel north - via the Norwegian coast, Bjørnøya and Vest-Svalbard to Longyearbyen and back.
"I find it absolutely amazing that we can now show off the world's most magnificent coastline with the world's most magnificent ships," says CEO Daniel Skjeldam of Hurtigruten in a press release.
The ships are designed by none other than Rolls-Royce. And the facilities they offer their up to 530 passengers must surely be considered spectacular.
Infinity pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, cabins with balconies and three restaurants inspired by polar history and local produce are just some of what the new boats have to offer.
In addition, both ships have science centres where travellers can make use of gadgets and technology to gain a deeper understanding of areas they pass along the way.
"They will be truly unique ships," says Skjeldam.
Sustainability is an important aspect of the ships, which are equipped for polar waters and have hybrid engines that can run on electricity in vulnerable areas.
The auxiliary engine in the first ship will reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 20 percent while the other ship can run fully electric over longer distances.
Rasmus Hansson, the spokesperson for the environment-oriented Green Party of Norway, praises the initiative.
"This represents very important progress. It's important for the environment, but perhaps most importantly for the development of the Norwegian maritime industry, which has the potential of developing into global leaders," says Hansson to NRK.
Each year, the Hurtigruten ships count for 14 percent of all foreign guest nights in Norway. And according to a recent report, the operation creates thousands of jobs and local revenues totalling billions of kroner along the Norwegian coast.
"For 125 years, we have been the life blood along the Norwegian coast, and have transported local travellers, goods and tourists. This is part of Hurtigruten's DNA. No one knows the Norwegian coast like us," says Daniel Skjeldam.
And the company shows no sign of stagnation. Recently, it was announced that Hurtigruten had entered the bidding for all of the 11 boats that will operate the coastal route Bergen-Kirkenes.
"We're always looking for new places we can explore. And no matter whether we win the tender or not, we're going to be even more committed and sail even more along the Norwegian coast in the time ahead. The Norwegian coast has always been a central part of the Hurtigruten product, and will continue to be so in the future no matter what happens," says Skjeldam.
Sailings on board the two new ships will be available for booking at the beginning of December. The MS Roald Amundsen will be finished next year while the MS Fridtjof Nansen will be ready to set sail in 2019.
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