Hur­tigruten chris­ten­ing

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HUR­TIGRUTEN’S bat­tery hy­brid pow­ered cruise ship, Roald Amund­sen, is now the first ship to have been named in Antarc­tica.

The cer­e­mony took place Thu morn­ing lo­cal time, in Chiriguano Bay, Bra­bant Is­land, at­tended by crew and guests from over 20 coun­tries.

In­stead of the tra­di­tional cham­pagne bot­tle used for chris­ten­ings, god­mother Karin Strand re­vived a rit­ual in­vented by Nor­we­gian ex­plorer and the ship’s name­sake Roald Amund­sen, smash­ing a chunk of ice against the hull.

“I am truly hon­oured to share a his­tor­i­cal mo­ment like this with like­minded ex­plor­ers and col­leagues, ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing our oceans in a more sus­tain­able way,” said Strand, who de­clined the tra­di­tional of­fer of a gift for the god­mother, in­stead in­sist­ing on a do­na­tion to be made to the Hur­tigruten Foun­da­tion.

“We could not think of a bet­ter lo­ca­tion than Antarc­tica to name a truly unique ship like MS Roald Amund­sen,” said Hur­tigruten Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Daniel Sk­jel­dam.

“Hur­tigruten is push­ing bor­ders, chal­leng­ing the in­dus­try, and keeps push­ing to­wards a greener and more sus­tain­able op­er­a­tion.

“As Roald Amund­sen was the sym­bol of a new era of ex­plo­ration, MS Roald Amund­sen is the sym­bol of a new era in the cruise in­dus­try.

“We want to use this first ever Antarc­tica nam­ing cer­e­mony to pay our re­spects to our oceans, the en­vi­ron­ment and past and present ex­plor­ers.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing the 2019/2020 Antarc­tica sea­son, Roald Amund­sen will spend the north­ern sum­mer in Alaska, be­fore a sec­ond bat­tery hy­brid pow­ered ex­pe­di­tion ship, Fridtjof Nansen, joins the fleet in Apr.

A video of the chris­ten­ing is avail­able HERE.

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