Book a voyage on the first hybrid-powered cruise ship now!
The New Age of Exploration will start with a whisper, and not a bang (or the rrrrrr-rrrrr of an engine). That’??s because in the New Age of Exploration ships will be electric-powered, emissions-free, and silent. When you go into a secluded bay in Antarctica, they’??ll only hear the sounds of Arctic terns, glaciers calving, and waves lapping against the ship’??s bow, and not the thrum of diesel engines. The New Age of Exploration means that you will be able to connect to the marine environment in an unprecedented way. And, thanks to the largest investment in Hurtigruten’??s history, that future starts now.
Starting in July 2018, Hurtigruten will launch the first of two hybrid-powered expedition ships. The MS Roald Amundsen honors the famed Norwegian explorer who was the first to traverse the Northwest Passage and reach the South Pole. Outfitted with an auxiliary electric engine, the MS Roald Amundsen represents the first major step toward emissions-free, silent travel. This new expedition ship will provide more itineraries in Antarctica, and put you on the ice, face-to-beak with adorable penguins.
Powered by the Future
The MS Roald Amundsen’??s hybrid-engine technology will reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20% and cruise silently for short periods of time. This is the first step toward entirely electrically powered ships that will be able to cruise silently and emissions-free. The use of electric power benefits the environment, but it also greatly enhances the travel experience, whether you are listening to whales breaching or glaciers crackling.
Designed by Rolls-Royce® and constructed at Norway’??s Kleven Shipyards, the MS Roald Amundsen was specially designed for polar voyages, complete with a strengthened hull. Hurtigruten’??s Norwegian heritage will be reflected in the ship??s interior with innovative use of granite, oak, birch, and wool. The infinity pool and Jacuzzis® will cut the chill after standing on the observation platforms, but still give you the chills from its beauty and sleek design.
More Antarctica Departures
In 2018, we will offer nine Antarctica departures on the MS Amundsen for you to discover Earth’??s most remote and untouched continent. With our emphasis on environmentally sensitive expedition travel, their Antarctic experience will be an intimate one. As a category 2 ship carrying only up to 500 guests, you will be able to step on the continent and see Antarctic wildlife up close. More departures means more opportunities to see penguins, seals, and whales, as well as more opportunities to hike, kayak, and snowshoe.
New Explorer Itineraries
Hurtigruten is expanding its Explorer Voyages on other ships to new destinations around the world, including spectacular voyages to the Northwest Passage, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, and even along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Our dedication to flexible expedition travel may mean a voyage includes an unplanned detour to a bay to see dolphins playing or whales breaching, or a spur-of-the-moment snorkeling trip on one of our small boats followed by a beach barbecue.
* From prices and savings are based on two people sharing an inside cabin on select sailings. Offers are valid on new bookings only, and are subject to change at any time. Offers are not valid for port to port, group travel, or packages sold by a tour operator.