Kai Albrigtsen Becomes Captain of New Hurtigruten Ship

Photo: Maximilian Schwarz/Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten has appointed Kai Albrigtsen as the captain of its newest cruise ship, the MS Roald Amundsen. Albrigtsen has been with the cruise line for 37 years, since joining as a galley assistant at the age of 17. 

MS Roald Amundsen embarks on its maiden voyage in 2019. MS Roald Amundsen is currently under construction on Norway’s Kleven yard, alongside with her sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. The ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2020, followed by a third hybrid powered expedition cruise ship in 2021.

With a maximum of 500 guests, MS Roald Amundsen, with Captain Kai at the helm, will explore areas such as Antarctica, the Arctic, Northwest passage and Alaska – with a minimal footprint and in areas bigger ships cannot reach.


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Throughout his career, Albrigtsen had a number of different positions on board more than 10 Hurtigruten vessels. His first expedition to Antarctica was in 2003, rose to the rank of captain in 2006.

An outdoor enthusiast, Albrigtsen often spends his time off fishing or hiking with his family in Norway’s Vesterålen or Lofoten islands.

For the past two years, he has held the position of master on the Hurtigruten expedition cruise ship MS Midnatsol.

For more information, visit https://www.hurtigruten.com/

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