The first two hybrid explorer ships, which are due to enter service in 2018 and 2019, will be named Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten have confirmed.
They will be named after two of Norway’s most influential Polar pioneers.
In addition to Roald Amundesen and Fridtjof Nansen, there are plans for an additional two vessels to be constructed.
They hybrid explorer ships will revolutionise the maritime industry with electric propulsion for 15-30mins at a time becoming a reality and the reduction of CO2 and fuel consumption. The reduction of emissions due to the new technology could be as much as 20%.
Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam, explained:
“These ground-breaking expedition ships will revolutionise adventure travel at sea. We are combining Hurtigruten’s more than 120-years know-how with cutting-edge technology and design, and a strong commitment to sustainability, to offer the modern-day adventure traveller an unprecedented experience.”
These new ships are designed by Rolls-Royce and the interiors will be ‘mirroring’ the landscapes of where the ships will visit, with a distinctive Scandinavian feel, The majority of cabins will have their own balconies and there will be a select number of suites too. The ships will have three restaurants, a deck for swimming pool and large observation platforms on several decks to give passengers a distinct closer feel to nature.
The ships will have ice strengthened hulls to help sail through areas of ice and will accomodate 530 passengers in 265 cabins.
Hurtigruten are expected to release details of the first ship, Roald Amundsen, itineraries for 2018 and 2019 in November.