Hurtigruten To Add Three Hybrid Ships To Fleet With Giant Upgrade
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
All cabins and suites will be renovated. This is a first sketch of the brand new corner-suites at the front of the top deck on board MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude.
This will be the new Explorer Lounge on MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude.
In the largest upgrade projects in Hurtigruten’s more than 125 years of history, the cruise line will rename three of its vessels after they are transformed to become premium, hybrid powered expedition cruise ships.
The currentMS Trollfjord, MS FinnmarkenandMS Midnatsol, will be renamedMS Maud,MS OttoSverdrupandMS Eirik Raude; all names honour great explorers and polar heroes. This summer, the cruise line welcomed the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship into its fleet,MS Roald Amundsen.
Equipped with battery packs and other green technology, the three 530-passenger ships will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021.
"With these new expedition cruise vessels, you will be able to explore Norway like never before, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure. Combined with ground-breaking green technology, these ships will truly stand out," Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.
MS Otto Sverdrupwill have battery packs installed during a 2020 yard stay, whileMS MaudandMS Eirik Raudewill be equipped with battery power in 2021. The battery packs will support the ships engines, and drastically cut emissions.
The three ships will also be equipped for shore power, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities, as well as substantially upgraded low-emission engines.
"At Hurtigruten, the push for sustainable solutions and introduction of green technology is the core of everything we do. We operate in some of the most spectacular areas of the world. This comes with a responsibility," Skjeldam says.
Refurbishment highlights include:
Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, all public areas onMS Maud, MS Otto SverdrupandMS Eirik Raudewill be redesigned to create a relaxed and stylish look and feel.
A specially designed Expedition Launch – the tender pit area where guests embark on their on their excursions and off-ship adventures.
All cabins and suites will be completely refurbished.
Hurtigruten’s signature Science Center will be added to the three ships.
A new wellness-area, complete with gym, lounge and treatment rooms, will be built. The pool area onMS Otto Sverdrupand outdoor hot tub areas onMS MaudandMS Eirik Raudewill be fully upgraded.
Three new restaurants will also be added:
The main restaurants will be transformed toRestaurant Aune, Hurtigruten’s new expedition cruise main restaurant concept. Aune will be social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner based on a Scandinavian identity.
Restaurant Lindstrøm will be an upper premium fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking contrasted with modern cuisine.
The informal eatery Fredheim and a new outdoor grill venue will be added outdoors on the top decks.
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.