Three Hurtigruten vessels will be transformed to premium, hybrid powered expedition cruise ships, equipped with battery packs and green technology, to promote more environmentally-friendly cruising through along the Norwegian coast in 2021.
Currently, Hurtigruten has the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen; with the three newly-transformed ships, the fleet will have four green ships.
As they are transformed into full-fledged premium expedition cruise ships, the current MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken and MS Midnatsol, will be renamed MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup, and MS Eirik Raude.
Greening the fleet
All three ships will have a makeover.
MS Otto Sverdrup will have battery packs installed during a 2020 yard stay, with a letter of intent for the same battery installation on MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude in 2021. The battery packs will support the ships engines, and drastically cut emissions.
The three ships will also be equipped for shore power, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities.
In addition, the three ships will get substantially upgraded low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations (Tier3).
Through the three single largest upgrade projects in Hurtigruten’s more than 125 years of history, the ships will be transformed into premium expedition cruise ships, carrying a maximum of 530 guests.
The keep-to-mast upgrades will introduce several new features and venues on the ships. Some highlights include:
- Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, all public areas on MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude will be redesigned to create a relaxed and stylish look and feel, and add to the premium on-board experience.
- A specially designed Expedition Launch – the tender pit area where guests embark on their on their excursions and off-ship adventures – will be added to all ships, complete with tender boats and other expedition equipment.
- All cabins and suites will be completely refurbished, and new suites with spectacular views added to all three ships.
- Hurtigruten’s signature Science Center will be added to the three ships. Packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features, the edutainment area will also be the on-board HQ for the ship’s Expedition Team
New additions on board
A brand new wellness-area, complete with gym, lounge and treatment rooms, will be built. The pool area (MS Otto Sverdrup) and outdoor hot tub areas (MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude) will be fully-upgraded.
Three brand new restaurants will be added, matching Hurtigruten’s new restaurant concepts for the growing fleet of expedition cruise ships:
- Restaurant Aune: social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner based on a Scandinavian identity.
- Restaurant Lindstrøm: an upper premium fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking that are contrasted with modern cuisine.
- Fredheim: informal eatery named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard that sheltered adventurers from around the world.
In addition, a new outdoor grill venue will be added outdoor on the top decks.
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