First Battery-Powered Cruise Ship A Coup For Hurtigruten
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Hurtigruten’s hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen became the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power – silent and emission-free. The ship can only sail on batteries part of the time, but the hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20% compared to other ships of the same size.
"MS Roald Amundsen is designed and built with sustainability at core of every little detail. In addition to the green technology, this makes her the first cruise ship in the world designed to be single-use plastic free. Sustainability will also be an integral part of the guest experience," says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
In addition to the high-tech Amundsen Science Center, the 530-passenger ship features vast observation decks, an infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness centre, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge, and aft-facing suites with private outdoor hot tubs.
MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, to Svalbard and Greenland, before becoming the first hybrid-powered ship to attempt a traverse of the legendary Northwest Passage – following in the wake of the explorer Roald Amundsen after whom the ship is named.
In addition to expedition cruises along the west coast of North- and South-America - with destinations bigger cruise ships cannot reach -- MS Roald Amundsenwill also head south for a full 2019/2020 Antarctica season.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.