Hurtigruten Names Roald Amundsen In Antarctica

Photo by Shayne McGuire

Hurtigruten has officially celebrated the naming ceremony for its newest ship, the MS Roald Amundsen, in Antarctica. The new hybrid electric-powered expedition ship was named by polar pioneer and godmother Karin Strand in Chiriguano Bay on Brabant Island, Antarctica, during a ceremony honoring the legacy of polar explorer Roald Amundsen

A chunk of ice, replacing the traditional bottle of champagne, smashed against the ship’s bow in honor of the occasion. Also in recognition of the day, the line made a donation to the Hurtigruten Foundation to further support conservation efforts in the more than 200 destinations Hurtigruten ships visit around the world. 

The new Roald Amundsen, which has a capacity of 530 guests, is specially designed to explore polar waters. In addition to a specially designed, ice-strengthened hull, the ship also incorporates large battery packs to support its low-emission engines, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20 percent, according to the cruise line. Additionally, large observation platforms on several decks provide opportunities for scenery- and wildlife-viewing. Also onboard are three restaurants with menus that aim to reflect local flavors, as well as a special pool deck with infinity pools, Jacuzzis and cocktail bars. The ship is the first to sail on battery power, and the first hybrid electric-powered ship to traverse the Northwest Passage

After completing the 2019 – 2020 Antarctica season, the Roald Amundsen will spend its 2020 summer season in Alaska. A second hybrid electric-powered expedition ship, the MS Fridtjof Nansen, will join Hurtigruten’s fleet in 2020. 

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