Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen launched in Norway
Hurtigruten’s new expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen touched water for the first time during a ceremony at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway. The successful launch marks an important milestone in the construction of the world’s first hybrid powered expedition ship, that will be fitted with large battery packs for reduced emissions.
MS Roald Amundsen is the first of Hurtigruten’s two groundbreaking hybrid ships, custom built with green technology to explore some of the most spectacular waters of our planet. Construction of MS Fridtjof Nansen, due to debut in 2019, is well under way at Kleven Yards where MS Roald Amundsen is now undergoing her final outfitting.
Named after two of the greatest heroes in Polar history, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, will combine state of the art technology and premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations.
One of the most eye-catching exterior design features of the ships will be the two-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck wrapped around the top of the ships’ raked bow. In a vast area behind it, you’ll find the core of the onboard experience: Amundsen Science Center / Nansen Science Center.
Packed with state of the art technology and high tech gadgets such as touch screens and science equipment, the immersive edutainment area will be the place guests and staff/crew meet, mingle and create a deeper understanding for the areas they explore. The flexible venue will feature lecture spaces, a small library, and speciality areas for workshops in photography, biology, and more. The area, featuring large windows, will also be the onboard HQ for Hurtigruten’s hand picked Expedition Team.
The launching saw some special attendance: From the bay outside the yard, guests and crew on MS Lofoten, built in 1964 and Hurtigruten’s oldest vessel, greeted the newest addition to the Hurtigruten fleet.