Huritgruten Cruises new hybrid-powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen has become the first ship to be named in Antarctica.
The ceremony took place with all passengers witnessing this historic naming in zodiac explorer boats along with passengers and crew of Hurtigruten’s MS Midnatsol which was also on an expedition cruise in Antarctica. A large chunk of ice replaced the traditional bottle of champagne for the naming of the ship by godmother and polar pioneer Karen Strand in Chiriguana Bay off Brabant Island.
Karen Strand said “I am truly honored to share in such a historical moment as this, with like-minded explorers and colleagues, all dedicated to navigating our oceans in a more sustainable way.”
MS Roald Amundsen claims to cut CO2 emissions by more than 20% compared to other cruise vessels of the same size by using large battery packs to support low-emission engines.
The 530 passenger ship will honour the legacy of its namesake polar explorer by sailing expedition cruises to destinations such as Antarctica, Alaska and the Northwest Passage.
Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said “I believe Roald Amundsen would be proud. With the ship carrying his name and legacy, Hurtigruten is redefining boundaries, challenging the industry, and continuing to push toward greener and more sustainable operations. As Roald Amundsen was the symbol of a new era of exploration, this ship is the symbol of a new era in the cruise industry.”
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