Hurtigruten has taken delivery of its first of three, brand new hybrid powered cruise ships, Roald Amundsen.
Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship to be able to operate on battery power. During recent tests prior to the delivery of the new vessel, Roald Amundsen sailed emission free for the first time solely using battery power off the coast of Norway.
Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten, said: "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 the introduction of MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten sets a new standard not only for cruising, but for the entire shipping industry to follow.”
The new ship is named after to polar hero Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage.
A further two more hybrid powered cruise ships have been ordered by Hurtigruten. The second, Fridtjof Nansen is set to debut in 2020, whilst the yet-to-be-named third vessel is expected to launch in 2021.