The single largest upgrade project in Hurtigruten’s history will see ‘Richard With’ emerge as a brand new ship as she returns to the Norwegian Coast on 6th December, 2018, the company claimed.
This major upgrade will see a number of new features added to the ship:
⦁ All staterooms and suites will be fully upgraded to match Hurtigruten’s new standards. On Deck 6, a number of cabins will be merged into 14 larger suites, some fitted with large bay windows giving spectacular views.
⦁ In addition to a full makeover, the aft-facing Torget main restaurant will be fitted with large deck-to-ceiling windows.
⦁ The Brygga bistro found on other Hurtigruten ships will be replaced by an upgraded and larger arcade and a brand-new Activity Centre, which will act as the on board headquarters for Hurtigruten’s expedition team.
⦁ Kysten Fine Dining – serving dishes based on high quality, local produce, such as seafood – will appear slightly different from other Hurtigruten ships, and also be open for a la carte lunch.
⦁ The gym on Deck 7 will be enlarged, the sauna upgraded and two aft-facing outdoor hot tubs will be added.
⦁ Two new lecture halls will be added forward on Deck 4, in conjunction to the open Kompass information and shopping area, where guests can enjoy exclusive offers on outdoor clothing and other items.
⦁ On Deck 7, the informal Multe Bakery – serving freshly baked cakes and pastries, smørbrød (open sandwiches), smoothies, a large assortment of local ice cream with home made toppings, premium coffee, organic herbal tea, and juice, will be added.
⦁ The forward-facing Explorer Lounge and Panorama Bar will offer a unique atmosphere and the best views on the ship – with front-row seats for enjoying the Northern Lights, Midnight Sun, wildlife and nature as it passes by.
‘Richard With’ has her own Expedition Team, and serves as a university at sea, offering lectures, presentations and activities inside as well as on the sun deck of the ship.
The dedicated Expedition Team has one mission – to enhance guests experience by engaging with them and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture encountered during the voyage.
This is the first of the two-step upgrade that will transform the custom built Polar water vessel to one of the most modern and environmentally friendly cruise ships in the world, Hurtigruten said.
During the next two years, Hurtigruten will replace the vessel’s diesel propulsion with large battery packs and LNG fuelled engines, as well as refitting several other vessels, in line with Norway’s environmental concerns.