Hurtigruten’s first of two new 20,000 gross tonne cruise ships, Roald Amundsen has successfully completed its first set of sea trials, ahead of its delivery later this year.
The 530-passenger Roald Amundsen was constructed at the Kleven shipyard in Norway and is the first cruise ship to be built with hybrid battery power propulsion technology.
Roald Amundsen is the first of the two new cruise ships for Hurtigruten. The second ship, Fridtjof Nansen is expected to launch in March 2020.
Both ships will boast state-of-the-art Scandinavian design and the latest environmentally friendly marine technology. Hurtigruten has also ordered an additional two ships to enter service at a later date.
The two 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.