Hurtigruten, an expedition cruise line, made headlines in 2019 by launching the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ship – the 500-guest MS Roald Amundsen, named after the intrepid Norwegian explorer who was the first to traverse the Northwest Passage, as well as the first to reach the South Pole. Built with a battery pack supporting four engines, the Roald Amundsen is able to employ this latest green technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 20 percent while sailing to the world’s most delicate regions.
Every aspect of the Roald Amundsen has been designed to bring the outside in. Her atrium is adorned with a 57-foot ultra-high-definition LED screen, which broadcasts passing scenery from cameras mounted on deck. Walls of windows surround dining venues, the observation deck, and even the sauna. Underwater drones also provide footage below the waterline.
All accommodations have ocean views, with 50 percent having private balconies. These cozy sanctuaries reflect a sleek Scandinavian design with a muted palette, and fine appointments include a flat-screen television reclining lounge chairs, thick duvets, and a luxurious Norwegian wool lap blanket. Expansive aft-facing suites boast spectacular views, faux fireplaces, and select suites even feature private outdoor hot tubs.
Dining options include the light-filled Aune for buffet-style breakfast and lunch, and plated meals at dinner, the casual Fredheim for comfort food, and specialty restaurant Lindstrom for fine Scandinavian cuisine.
Outfitted with microscopes, interactive touch-screen maps, and reference books, the Science Center is an innovative space where guests can gather to learn from expedition team members through lectures, workshops, and hands-on projects. To assist in Hurtigruten’s environmental conservation efforts, expedition guests also have the opportunity to aid in research projects and participate in beach clean-up events ashore.
The MS Roald Amundsen spends October through March in Antarctica discovering the frozen continent and April through September exploring the Arctic, including the Northwest Passage, among other exciting destinations throughout North, Central, and South America.