First Ever Cruise Ship to Sail on Battery Power
The moment – when the brand new expedition cruise ship moved through the water silent and completely emission free, powered only by her large battery packs – was captured off the west coast of Norway. Specially designed for some of the most spectacular waters of the planet, MS Roald Amundsen features groundbreaking green technology such as the large battery packs which was put to the test as she left Kleven Yard for her maiden voyage.
This opens a new chapter in maritime history. MS Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship equipped with batteries, something deemed impossible just a few years back. With its introduction, Hurtigruten sets a new standard not only for cruising, but for the entire shipping industry to follow, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.
Named after polar hero 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 – MS Roald Amundsen is set to honor his legacy by exploring some of the most spectacular areas of the planet using the battery packs to support her low-emission engines. The hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2 emissions with more than 20% compared to other ships of the same size.
The stunning scenery will be reflected in a modern Scandinavian design – with features spanning from the high-tech Amundsen Science Center, vast observation decks, an infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness center, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge, aft-facing suites with private outdoor hot tubs, and the laid-back atmosphere that creates the special Hurtigruten on board feel.
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. From the handpicked Hurtigruten Expedition Team to the industry-first Science Center, we will give the guests a deeper understanding of the areas we explore, Skjeldam says.
Hurtigruten took delivery of the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship from Norway’s Kleven yard last week. She has been built alongside sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, debuting in 2020.
Learn more about the MS Roald Amundsen and its amenities.