MS Roald Amundsen, launching in 2018, is one of two hybrid cruise ships on order from leading exploration cruise line, Hurtigruten.
Pioneering a more sustainable approach to cruise travel, the MS Roald Amundsen is designed by Rolls Royce and currently in construction at the Kleven shipyard in Norway. The hybrid technology, which cuts emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion, works in combination with advanced hull construction and effective use of electricity on board. This should reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions by 20 percent.
Accommodating 350 guests, the MS Roald Amundsen is designed for remote polar waters, providing a luxurious and well-equipped base for adventurous travellers. Guests can expect first-class accommodation; from the Expedition Suites with expansive windows, balconies and private outside jacuzzi to Artic Superior or Outside Polar class cabins.
Decor on the MS Roald Amundsen is inspired by the natural Scandinavian environment; with birch, oak, granite and wool used in the many lounges and bars. Three restaurants serving Norwegian and locally-inspired food are planned along with an infinity pool and large observation area.
Of particular note is the high-tech activity centre, where the expert Expedition Team are on hand to answer questions, provide training and give lectures. The use of Virtual Reality technology enhances the understanding of the surrounding environment.
The MS Roald Amundsen is effectively a base camp for exploring the remote polar waters of Antarctica. Itineraries to this isolated and pristine continent will explore the wildlife and spectacular landscape with expert-led tours.
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