A steel cutting ceremony at the Kleven shipyard in Norway marked the start of construction for the first of two new cruise ships for Hurtigruten.
Roald Amundsen will be the first of the two new cruise ships for Hurtigruten, which is due to enter service in summer 2018. The second ship, Fridtjof Nansen is expected to launch in 2019.
Both ships will boast state-of-the-art Scandinavian design and the latest environmentally friendly marine technology. Hurtigruten has an option for an additional two ships.
The two 20,000 gross tonne cruise ships will accommodate 530-passengers and will have the capability of sailing under electrical propulsion for around 30 minutes by utilizing hybrid power using a battery system which will reduce fuel consumption by approximately 20 percent.
Many of the cabins on board the new ships will feature balconies, whilst there will also be a number of suites. Each ship will also feature three restaurants, a pool deck with an infinity pool, as well as a number of bars and lounges offering spectacular views. Viewing platforms located on the bow of the ships will allow guests to get up-close with the wildlife and nature in the destinations they visit.