Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen Will Be First Ship Named In Antarctica

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Hurtigruten's new hybrid powered
MS Roald Amundsen.
Photo: ESPEN MILLS/Hurtigruten

Roald Amundsen. Photo: National Library

In JUN, Hurtigruten's hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen made maritime history as the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power. 

Soon she will make history again, becoming the first ship to ever be named in Antarctica, with the ceremony taking place this fall. 

"We can think of no better place to name the truly unique MS Roald Amundsen than the waters of Antarctica – where no ship has ever been christened before," Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says. 

Not only that, instead of the traditional bottle of champagne, MS Roald Amundsen will be named with a chunk of ice, a ritual that the polar hero she is named after invented himself.

When christening his famed expedition ship Maud in 1917, Roald Amundsen -- who led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage, the first expedition to the south pole and the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole –  switched the traditional bottle of champagne for a chunk of ice. 

Before crushing the ice against her bow, he stated, “It is not my intention to dishonour the glorious grape, but already now you shall get the taste of your real environment. For the ice you have been built, and in the ice, you shall stay most of your life, and in the ice, you shall solve your tasks."

Hurtigruten – and the yet to be disclosed godmother – will use the same ritual when naming MS Roald Amundsen.

Specially designed for exploring some of the most spectacular waters of the planet, the 53-passenger vessel uses battery packs to support her low-emission engines and will reduce CO2 emissions more than 20% compared to other cruise ships of the same size.

MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast and Greenland before becoming the first hybrid-powered ship to attempt a traverse of the legendary Northwest Passage – following in the wake of Amundsen’s famed expedition.

MS Roald Amundsen will also head to the extreme south for a full 2019/2020 Antarctica season.

Anna Kroupina

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.