Hurtigruten names hybrid explorer ships

To be named after famous Norwegian explorers

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Hurtigruten names hybrid explorer ships

Hurtigruten has announced the names of its two new hybrid-powered expedition ships -  MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen - named after the famous Norwegian explorers.

The new ships have been designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino, and are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019. There are also plans for an additional two vessels.

“It is exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole; 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland; and 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. What could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Hurtigruten is also setting a new standard in interior design and on-board customer experience. The interior will reflect the landscapes where the expedition ships will sail to using materials that will be mostly Norwegian, such as granite, oak, birch, and wool, amongst other materials.

The ships will have large observation platforms on several decks for guests to get up-close to nature and wildlife. A majority of cabins will have their own balcony, whilst a small number will be suites.

The vessels will have three restaurants with menus inspired by local flavours and destinations. A special pool deck will include infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars.

The new ships will feature the very latest in environmentally friendly technology. New hybrid technology will make sailing with electric propulsion for 15-30 minutes a reality. However; the total reduction in fuel consumption and hence CO2-emissions, is the main gain. The technology, in combination with the construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board, will reduce emissions from the ships by 20 percent.

  • Designed by Rolls Royce - constructed by Kleven Yards.
  • Strengthened hulls for traversing ice
  • The ships will feature innovative Scandinavian designs, large observation platforms, infinity pools – and several other yet to be disclosed expedition features.
  • Number of passengers: 530
  • Number of cabins: 265
  • Dimensions (exterior): Length 140 meters, width 23,6 meters, height 29 meters
  •  Depth: 5,3 meters
  •  Adapted also for the service route along the Norwegian coast


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