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MS Roald Amundsen: The Story of a Unique Cruise Ship

4 minutes read • December 13th, 2019
This cruise ship is unique. No, she is not one of the mega liners that we are talking about almost every day. No, she doesn't have any groundbreaking or "first at sea" attractions. Nevertheless, she is a cruise pioneer, and she definitely deserves our attention. Dear friends, today we will talk about Hurtigruten's

MS Roald Amundsen

, the world's first hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship.
MS Roald Amundsen ship
Source: Hurtigruten/Facebook

She has a tonnage of 20,889 GT and a capacity of 530 guests (500 in Antarctica). The ship has 265 staterooms.
The vessel's amenities include three restaurants, a cozy lounge, a gym, a pool and hot tubs, and more.
Roald Amundsen operates various expedition cruises, including sailings to the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, and Antarctica.

Roald Amundsen ship was built by Kleven Yards in Norway.
Let's check several pictures and a video from the shipyard.

MS Roald Amundsen was launched on February 17, 2018.
 

She started her cruise career in early July 2019.

By the way, Roald Amundsen had a very special christening ceremony. She became the first ship ever christened in Antarctica. Karin Strand, a polar pioneer, officially named the Hurtigruten's newbuild on November 7, 2019. And a bottle of champagne was replaced with a chunk of ice.

Now it's time for a virtual tour of the ship.

We should also mention that our heroine will get a sister ship soon, Fridtjof Nansen. It's interesting to know that you won't find this vessel in our list of new cruise ships 2019. You won't find her among the new cruise ships 2020 as well (you can check this via the link). The thing is that initially the Fridtjof Nansen ship was planned to take her inaugural cruise in April 2020, but plans have changed. Based on the result of the vessel's sea trials and on the success of Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen is now expected to join her fleet by the end of this year.
Well, 2019 is going to be very fruitful for Hurtigruten.

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