SEATTLE, WA (October 25, 2018) – Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Norway’s Kleven Verft AS for the construction of their third hybrid powered expedition cruise ship.
“We are thrilled to introduce yet another revolutionary hybrid powered expedition ship. This groundbreaking vessel will take our guests to some of the most spectacular areas of our planet, in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way than ever seen before,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.
The new ship’s design, construction, engineering and advanced technology will be based on Hurtigruten’s two next-generation ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, currently under construction at the Norwegian yard. The new hybrid powered expedition ship, accommodating 530 guests, will be custom built for some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, with specially designed, ice-strengthened hull.
“These are greener, more advanced cruise ships than the world has ever seen – and ships that will raise standards for the whole industry to follow, as we enter a new era of expedition cruising driven by sustainability,” Skjeldam says.
The new Hurtigruten hybrid powered expedition ship is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2021.
Among the innovative green features on the new ship are substantially larger battery packs to make expedition voyages even more sustainable.
“We are grateful for the confidence Hurtigruten shows us by signing a memorandum of understanding for a third, advanced expedition vessel with green technology combined with premium guest comfort. This is a confirmation of our unique skills and facilities,” Kleven CEO Olav Nakken says.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018, Hurtigruten is the world’s largest expedition cruise operator.
With a growing fleet of 17 custom built expedition ships, Hurtigruten explores unique destinations from pole to pole, including Antarctica, South America, Norway, Svalbard, Greenland, Northwest Passage and other Arctic destinations.
“We strongly believe that Hurtigruten, and our responsible and innovative approach to sustainable solutions, is the perfect fit for the modern-day explorer. Hurtigruten is experiencing a substantial global growth. The expansion we have seen so far, is just the beginning,” Skjeldam says.
The Hurtigruten Kleven agreement is subject to certain contingencies, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
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Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel. As the largest cruise operator in polar waters, and with 125 years of know-how, we offer immersive experiences to some of the world’s most pristine and remote destinations, including Antarctica, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, and more. Hurtigruten’s fleet consists of 14 expedition ships, custom built for adventure travel. In addition, three new ground-breaking ships will be delivered; MS Roald Amundsen in 2019, MS Fridtjof Nansen in 2020, and a third new build in 2021. These will be the most advanced and environmentally friendly expedition vessels at sea, as well as the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ships. Hurtigruten is an industry leader in sustainability, with a deep commitment to improving the marine environments we call home.