MS Roald Amund­sen sets sail on sus­tain­abil­ity

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EXPEDITION cruise line Hur­tigruten has of­fi­cially launched its highly an­tic­i­pated

MS Roald Amund­sen polar ves­sel, the first ever bat­tery-pow­ered hy­brid expedition ship to be built.

Pick­ing up its first pas­sen­gers yesterday from Tromso on its maiden voyage along the Nor­we­gian coast, the new en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able ves­sel com­bines spa­cious cab­ins, three restau­rants and pub­lic ar­eas with a dual view­ing deck.

“MS Roald Amund­sen is the first cruise ship equipped with bat­ter­ies, something deemed im­pos­si­ble just a few years back,” Hur­tigruten Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Daniel Sk­jel­dam en­thused.

“[The ship] sets a new stan­dard not only for cruis­ing, but for the en­tire ship­ping in­dus­try to fol­low,” he added. MS Roald Amund­sen’s maiden sea­son is sched­uled to in­clude expedition cruises along the Nor­we­gian coast, as well as jaunts from Sval­bard and Green­land, be­fore it be­comes the first hy­brid pow­ered ship to tra­verse the North­west Pas­sage.

Hur­tigruten Manag­ing Di­rec­tor APAC Damian Perry be­lieves the new trend­set­ter in sus­tain­able cruis­ing will res­onate strongly with the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

“The in­ter­est and sup­port from the Aus­tralian in­dus­try and trav­ellers alike is over­whelm­ing.,” Perry said.

“The de­sire to work and travel with the recog­nised world leader in sus­tain­able expedition cruise travel is a clear in­di­ca­tion that in­no­va­tion of this type is val­ued,” he added. Pic­tured: MS Roald Amund­sen.

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