A lot far­ther than 50° North...

Cruise Weekly - - News -

JILL Blun­som from Fifty De­grees North is one of the Aussies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Hur­tigruten’s new MS

Roald Amund­sen this week as the ship cruises in the frozen north.

The pi­o­neer­ing ves­sel, which fea­tures the ab­so­lute lat­est in en­vi­ron­men­tal fea­tures, is to­day only about 500km from the North Pole as it voy­ages between the re­mote Nor­we­gian ar­chi­pel­ago of Sval­bard en route to Green­land.

The Aus­tralian con­tin­gent will be on board for the next 10 days or so, ex­plor­ing the world’s largest na­tional park and the fjords of eastern Green­land.

Roald Amund­sen car­ries 530 pas­sen­gers, who will take part in daily Zo­diac expedition­s, shore landings, wildlife en­coun­ters, small boat ice­berg cruis­ing, kayaks and more.

Guests on board hail from across the globe, with the mul­ti­lin­gual staff cater­ing for pas­sen­gers from Ger­many, France and China as well as English­s­peak­ing mar­kets such as the USA, the UK and Aus­tralia.

As well as a host of crea­ture comforts such as a spa, gym, three restau­rants, bars, lounges and even a rooftop in­fin­ity pool, the ship fea­tures a full sci­ence cen­tre and Expedition Launch Pad with a fleet of 14 Zo­di­acs.

Pas­sen­gers are each given a spe­cial Hur­tigruten expedition jacket made by Helly Hansen to take home, and are also pro­vided with spe­cial boots to wear when go­ing ashore to pro­tect the frag­ile Arc­tic en­vi­ron­ment.

Mod cons on board also in­clude free wi-fi, an in­ter­ac­tive in-cabin en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem com­plete with movies, box set tele­vi­sion se­ries and live TV.

Roald Amund­sen’s cur­rent itin­er­ary takes her from Sval­bard to Reyk­javik, with the next voy­age tak­ing cruis­ers through the North West Pas­sage to Alaska.

Fifty De­grees North is one of Hur­tigruten’s key part­ners in the Aus­tralasian mar­ket, with Blun­som par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the prod­uct in the lead-up to its Antarc­tic sea­son.

Blun­som is pic­tured ready for ac­tion as Roald Amund­sen cruised out of Sval­bard on Sat morn­ing with Damian Perry, Hur­tigruten MD Asia-Pa­cific, while in­set is the shiny new ship’s bell.

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