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​Hurtigruten starts construction of first hybrid expedition ship

Press release   •   Feb 24, 2017 10:39 UTC

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam (right) officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen - the greenest expedition cruise ship the world has ever seen at Kleven Yards, Norway. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen (left).

With the touch of a button, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen - the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen.

- Today is a historical day not only for Hurtigruten, but for the global maritime industry. We celebrate the construction start of the first ship in a new generation that will change expedition travel forever, Skjeldam said during the ceremony at Kleven Yards on the western coast of Norway.

Launched in 2018, MS Roald Amundsen will be the world’s first expedition cruise ship powered by hybrid battery technology. The steel section marking the official start of the construction, will become one of the main engine compartments – housing the ship's revolutionary hybrid engines.

- Sustainability will be the core of every detail of the ship and the on board operation. The hybrid engines will reduce fuel consumption substantially and allow for periods of completely emission free sailing. With a number of other groundbreaking technical solutions throughout the ship, MS Roald Amundsen will be the most advanced and environmental friendly expedition ship ever built, Skjeldam says.

In addition to vast variation of custom built expedition equipment and a handpicked Expedition Team, MS Roald Amundsen will feature extensive in- and outdoor explorer decks, an immersive Activity Center, three restaurants, a fitness- and wellness center, an aft top deck pool bar with two jacuzzis and an infinity pool – and other yet to be disclosed features.

More than half of the 265 all outside cabins feature private balconies, while a number of Expedition Suites features private outdoor Jacuzzis.

- Through 125 years, Hurtigruten has continued to disrupt the industry. We are different, and we will continue to be so. We believe Hurtigruten is the perfect match to the fast growing global demand for sustainable adventure travel. With MS Roald Amundsen, we combine unparalleled knowhow with cutting-edge technology, modern luxury, Scandinavian design and Norwegian desire to explore - to offer the modern-day adventure traveller exactly what she wants. This is the future. It’s exploring, not cruising, Skjeldam says.

The MS Roald Amundsen 2018/2019 inaugural season includes expedition voyages to Antarctica and the Chilean fjords. For more information, visit

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MS «Roald Amundsen»
Built: 2018 Kleven Yards, Norway
Gross tonnage: 20.889
Length OA: 140 m
Breadth moulded: 23,6 m
Draft: 5,3 m
Guests: 530
Cabins: 265 (all outside, 50% private balconies)
Crew: 151
Cruising speed: 15 knots
Flag: Norwegian
Ice class: PC-6

Hurtigruten - World leader in exploration travel

Building on 125 years of Norwegian pioneering heritage, Hurtigruten is today the world's largest expedition cruise company.

Hurtigruten’s rapidly growing fleet of custom-build expedition ships takes modern-day adventure travellers to the world’s most spectacular destinations on our Planet - from the High North to Antarctica in the south.

Being the world leader in exploration travel comes with a great responsibility. Hurtigruten is enhancing destinations and runs an responsible, sustainable global operation.

Hurtigruten is introducing the world’s first hybrid battery powered cruise ships, the MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fridtjof Nansen. A third hybrid powered expedition vessel will be added to the fleet in 2021.