Hurtigruten: MS “Roald Amundsen” is about to make a maiden voyage

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It will not be in Hamburg, but in the Norwegian Tromsø: The new hybrid expedition cruise ship “Roald Amundsen” of Hurtigruten should finally set sail in early July. The maiden voyage is scheduled for the 3rd of July. This was announced by the shipping company.

Originally, the new building, which is to be one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world, on 27 June from the port of Hamburg break open. The completion had last delayed again and again.

According to Hurtigruten, the final phase of the interior construction of the ship at the Kleven shipyard in Norway has not progressed as expected in recent days. Therefore, start the maiden voyage later and from Tromsø. Actually, the ship should be ready in the spring – and originally even once in 2018.

Hurtigruten is best known for cruising along the Norwegian coast. The “Roald Amundsen” is a hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship for use in, among other things, polar waters. It is powered by both diesel fuel and electricity from batteries on board. The hybrid technology should make the ship more economical, according to Hurtigruten forecast by 20 percent.

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A highlight of the new ship is a 17.5 meter high LED screen in the atrium, which extends over seven decks and is about to be transmitted to the passing landscape or expert lectures. A maximum of 530 guests have space on board.

Hurtigruten offers them the opportunity to do without the cabin cleaning service, which saves the company detergent and energy. The money then wants to feed Hurtigruten good purposes. In other areas, the shipping company strives for environmental protection – there are, for example, no plastic cups on board. Read more about the MS “Roald Amundsen” here.

This summer, the ship is sailing along the Norwegian coast as well as around Spitsbergen and Greenland. Then it goes through the Northwest Passage and then south to the Antarctic. With the “Fridtjof Nansen” and another new building are already two identical sister ships in planning.

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