Hurtigruten introduces 3 new hybrid powered cruise ships
Three Hurtigruten vessels will be transformed to premium, hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships, equipped with battery packs and other green technology, and will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021.
The current MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken and MS Midnatsol, will be renamed MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude. This means Hurtigruten – which this summer introduced the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen – will add another three hybrid powered ships to what is already considered the greenest fleet of cruise ships in the world.
Northern Lights on MS Maud
Sailing from Dover in winter 2021/2022, guests can join MS Maud for an expedition cruise under the Northern Lights. Fully refurbished to offer a premium experience, this hybrid vessel will sail along the Norwegian coast, visiting some traditional and new ports up to the North Cape hunting for the Northern Lights. With longer daytime stops, the variation to Hurtigrutens traditional route will be accompanied by a larger expedition team with lecture and daily included activities.
Battery packs on Hurtigruten
MS Otto Sverdrup will have battery packs installed during a 2020 yard stay, with the same battery installation on MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude in 2021. The battery packs will support the ships engines, and drastically cut emissions. The three ships will also be equipped for shore power, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities. In addition, the three ships will get substantially upgraded low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations.
Hurtigruten ship upgrades
Through the three single largest upgrade projects in Hurtigruten’s more than 125 years of history, the ships will be transformed into premium expedition cruise ships, carrying a maximum of 530 guests. The keel-to-mast upgrades will introduce several new features and venues on the ships.
MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude Highlights
Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, all public areas on MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude will be redesigned to create a relaxed and stylish look and feel, and add to the premium on-board experience.
Balcony Suite on MS Maud, MS Otto Sversdrup, and MS Eirik Raude, Hurtigruten
A specially designed Expedition Launch – the tender pit area where guests embark on their on their excursions and off-ship adventures – will be added to all ships, complete with tender boats and other expedition equipment.
All cabins and suites will be completely refurbished, and new suites with spectacular views added to all three ships.
Science Centre on MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude, Hurtigruten
Hurtigruten’s signature Science Center will be added to the three ships. Packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features, the edutainment area will also be the on-board HQ for the ship’s Expedition Team.
A brand new wellness-area, complete with gym, lounge and treatment rooms, will be built. The pool area (MS Otto Sverdrup) and outdoor hot tub areas (MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude) will be fully upgraded.
Restaurants on MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude
Three brand new restaurants will be added, matching Hurtigruten’s new restaurant concepts for the growing fleet of expedition cruise ships.
The main restaurants will be transformed to Restaurant Aune, Hurtigruten’s new expedition cruise main restaurant concept. Aune will be social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner based on a Scandinavian identity.
Restaurant Lindstrøm, a specialty restaurant named after the favorite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes, will be added. Lindstrøm will be an upper premium fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking that are contrasted with modern cuisine.
The informal eatery Fredheim, named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard that sheltered adventurers from around the world. In addition, a new outdoor grill venue will be added outdoor on the top decks.
The ship’s extensive art collections will be preserved.
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