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.