Hurtigruten’s recently delivered hybrid powered expedition cruise ship ‘Roald Amundsen’ has become the first cruise ship able to operate on battery power.
She was designed by Tillberg Design of Sweden (TDoS).
“This opens a new chapter in maritime history. ‘Roald Amundsen’ is the first cruise ship equipped with batteries, something deemed impossible just a few years back. With the introduction of ‘Roald Amundsen’, Hurtigruten sets a new standard not only for cruising, but for the entire shipping industry to follow,” said Hurtigruten CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.
“The ‘Roald Amundsen’ is designed and built with sustainability at core of every little detail. In addition to the green technology, this makes her the first cruise ship in the world designed to be single-use plastic free. Sustainability will also be an integral part of the guest experience. From the hand-picked Hurtigruten Expedition Team to the industry-first Science Centre, we will give the guests a deeper understanding of the areas we explore,” he added.
Roald Amundsen, can take 500 passengers and is designed to sail in harsh climate waters. Named after the Norwegian explorer who navigated the Northwest Passage in 1903-1906 and was first to reach the South Pole in 1911.
Daniel Nerhagen, TDoS Partner & Project Director for ‘Roald Amundsen’ said, “The essential focus in the design for Hurtigrutens new cruise ship has been sustainable and timeless design throughout the whole ship. With only functional solutions and natural true Scandinavian material, the guests are given the very best sustainable experience at sea. “
Much of the decking was supplied by Bolidt.
She was built in Ulsteinvik at the Kleven Verft yard. A second vessel, ‘Fridtjof Nansen’, is scheduled to be delivered in 2020. In addition, there are options for another two.
Her on board facilities include – A fully equipped Science Centre, observation decks, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness center, three restaurants, bars, explorer lounge, with more than 50 % of the cabins fitted with private balconies.