Hurtigruten MS Roald Amundsen battery powered

Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen, first ever cruise ship to sail on battery power

Hurtigruten’s hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen makes maritime history as the first cruise ship in the world to sail on battery power.

The new expedition cruise ship moved through the water silent and completely emission free off the west coast of Norway making its debut. MS Roald Amundsen features groundbreaking green technology such as the large battery packs which were put to the test as she left Kleven Yard for her maiden voyage. The hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2 emissions with more than 20 % compared to other ships of the same size.

Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of the Norwegian cruise operator, said the cruise ship sets a new standard not only for cruising but for the entire shipping industry to follow.

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 - the cruise ship is set to honor his legacy.

Its features include the high-tech Amundsen Science Center, vast observation decks, an infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness center, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge, and aft-facing suites with private outdoor hot tubs.

The cruise ship is designed and built making sustainability an integral part of the guest experience. In addition to the green technology, the ship is single-use plastic free.

MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, to Svalbard and Greenland.

In addition to eco-friendly expedition cruises along the west coast of North and South America, the hybrid powered cruise ship will head to the extreme south for a full 2019/2020 Antarctica season. 

On board facilities include a fully equipped science center, observation decks, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness center, three restaurants, bars, explorer lounge, and more than 50 % of cabins with private balconies.

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