Hurtigruten unveils first voyages by battery-powered hybrid ships

Hurtigruten unveils first voyages by battery-powered hybrid ships

Details of the first voyages by Hurtigruten’s pair of battery-powered hybrid ships in 2019-20 are revealed today.

The exploration line will deploy the new vessels MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen in Antarctica alongside existing vessel MS Fram.

Several Hurtigruten ships, including MS Fram, MS Spitsbergen and MS Nordstjernen, will also operate four to 14 day Arctic voyages out of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.

Currently under construction at Kleven Yard in Norway, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen will debut in 2018 and 2019.

They have been branded as the world’s greenest, safest and most advanced expedition ships.

The new 530-passenger vessels will feature custom-built expedition equipment, including a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, kayaks and large inflatable explorer boats used for landings in otherwise inaccessible destinations.

A science centre on board will include areas for workshops in photography and biology and act as onboard base for Hurtigruten’s handpicked expedition teams.

All cabins will have outside views with half having. Balconies. Aft suites will feature private outdoor Jacuzzis.

Both ships will have three restaurants inspired by Nordic and Norwegian heritage.

The line’s chief executive, Daniel Skjeldam, said: “With the great explorers deeply rooted in our history and heritage, Hurtigruten aims to be one step ahead when exploring the world.

“Our new ships will be moving boundaries for the technology, for the industry and for our guests.

“Hurtigruten’s growing fleet of custom built expedition ships takes our guests to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations.

“From the majestic wildlife on Svalbard, the rugged fjords of eastern Greenland and the beauty of the Norwegian coast to the untouched wilderness of Antarctica. Nowhere else comes close.”

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