Hybrid engines and sustainability meet traditional cruise luxuries with Hurtigruten’s big push into polar waters.
Construction has begun on the MS Roald Amundsen. The ship is part of legendary Norwegian cruise company Hurtigruten’s upcoming line of expedition ships, aimed at delivering unique experiences in polar waters to its guests.
Work on the ship officially began last week, when Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam paid a visit to Kleven wharf, to press the button that put the building process into motion. Once finished, the sea faring vessel will be 140 meters long, 23.6 meters wide and have a capacity of up to 530 passengers.
The ship is based on a hybrid engine, being described as the greenest cruise liner ever.
“Sustainability will be at the core of every detail on the ship and in every activity on board,” Skjeldam says to Norwegian travel website Travel News.
“The hybrid engines will reduce fuel consumption considerably, allowing for periods of zero emissions. Along with a multitude of other innovative technical solutions, this makes MS Roald Amundsen the most advanced and environmentally friendly expedition ship ever built.”
Along with an eco-friendly profile, passengers can still expect all the regular cruise comforts on board. Multiple observation decks are being built, along with three restaurants, various centers for physical activity, outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis with a bar, coupled with private balconies and outdoor jacuzzis for many of the suites.
The ship is not due to be launched until June 2018, but in the meantime there are plenty of passengers taking advantage of what Hurtigruten already has to offer.
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For instance, these last couple of weeks have seen Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel & "Graceland" greatness) traveling the Norwegian coast on MS Trollfjord.
Hurtigruten press spokesperson Øystein Knoph told Norwegian newspaper Nordlys:
“From the reports I’ve heard, he is mightily impressed with the experiences he’s had on his journey with us.”
The ship recently published a Facebook video of the crew singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” together with Simon.
The performance probably won’t go down in history as the most pitch perfect rendition of the classic song, but Simon did jokingly declare it “the best version I’ve heard in... a few seconds”, to much laughter from the crew.
Using Hurtigruten as a basecamp gives you the best possible starting point for exploring everything the Norwegian coast has to offer – from fjords and iconic towns to northern lights and midnight sun.
Hurtigruten’s new environmentally sustainable ships can give tourism a new dimension, according to the environmental organization Bellona.