Hurtigruten Begins Construction of First Hybrid Expedition Ship

MS Roald Amundsen exterior

Launching 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 know-how with cutting-edge technology, modern luxury, Scandinavian design and Norwegian desire to explore – to offer the modern-day adventure traveler 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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