PUBLISHED: 17:19, Fri, Nov 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 19:32, Fri, Nov 8, 2019
Cruise: Hurtigruten is the world’s largest and leading expedition cruise company (Image: Hurtigruten)
Cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen became the very first vessel to do a key activity this week, in the latest cruise news. The ship is the world’s first hybrid-powered ship and is owned by Hurtigruten. The cruise line focuses on expeditions - and on Thursday it made history.
Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen became the first ship to be ever named in Antarctica yesterday.
Crew and guests from more than 20 countries took part in the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship’s maiden Antarctica voyage.
MS Roald Amundsen was officially named in spectacular surroundings in Chiriguano Bay on Brabant Island, Antarctica at 10am local time.
“We could not think of a better location than Antarctica to name a truly unique ship like MS Roald Amundsen” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said.
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Cruise: MS Roald Amundsen was officially named in spectacular surroundings in Chiriguano Bay (Image: Hurtigruten)
The advanced hybrid powered expedition cruise ship accommodates 530 guests.
It features groundbreaking green technology such as battery packs and a specially designed ice-strengthened hull.
The MS Roald Amundsen is designed and constructed with sustainability at the core of every detail.
Instead of carrying out the traditional ceremony which uses a bottle of champagne, godmother and polar pioneer Karin Strand used a chunk of ice to christen the cruise ship.