Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen Completes Sea Trials

Photo: TOR ERIK KVALSVIK/Kleven/Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen is nearing completion at Kleven Yard. The cruise company says over the weekend, the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship finished its first sea trials in the fjords along the western coast of Norway.

With the Norwegian fjords as a testing ground – and the notable Sunnmøre alps as a backdrop– MS Roald Amundsen’s sustainable technology was tested in the waters off Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, over the weekend.

Hurtigruten says the ship is custom built for some of the toughest waters on the planet. MS Roald Amundsen is currently getting through final outfitting next to its sister ship, the MS Fridtjof Nansen, at Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

The advanced hybrid powered expedition cruise ships, accommodating 530 guests, feature sustainable technology such as battery packs and specially designed ice-strengthened hulls.

After delivery this spring, MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, to Svalbard and Greenland, before treading down the noteworthy Northwest Passage and heading south to Antarctica.

Last year, the cruise company appointed Kai Albrigsten as captain of the MS Roald Amundsen. Albrigtsen has been with Hurtigruten for nearly 40 years, having started as a galley assistant when he was 17 years old. Within his career, he had several positions on board over 10 Hurtigruten vessels.

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