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.

Restaurant Aune.

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 current MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken and MS Midnatsol, will be renamed MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS 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 Sverdrup will have battery packs installed during a 2020 yard stay, while MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude will 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 on MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude will 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 on MS Otto Sverdrup and outdoor hot tub areas on MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude will be fully upgraded. 

 

Three new restaurants will also be added: 

 

  • The main restaurants will be transformed to Restaurant 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

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.