Leaders in exploration travel, Hurtigruten, have recorded their vessel travelling further south than any company ship in their 127 years.
MS Roald Amundsen made company history at 4:14pm on Wednesday 19th February 2020 as Captain Torry Sakkariassen crossed the Antarctic circle and took the ship with her crew and passengers to 70º south. It is the furthest any of the Hurtigruten ships have travelled in the 127 years since the exploration travel company was established.
Captain Sakkariassen said: “Our guests are thrilled. This is what Hurtigruten’s expedition cruises are all about, pushing new frontiers and creating unique experiences for guests from all over the world. We are following in the footsteps of polar hero Roald Amundsen himself, aboard his namesake ship.”
The ship is the first hybrid electric powered expedition cruise ship in the world.
The vessel has a specially designed hull, making it stronger through ice and more able to reach places other ships cannot travel to. As she is equipped with large battery packs the emissions are also significantly reduced.
The event happened during an 18 days cruise visiting the Falkland Islands, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica. The ship will go on to sail one more cruise this season before sailing through South and Central America to spend the summertime in Alaska.
Offering expedition cruises to over 40 countries, taking passengers to more than 200 destinations Hurtigruten is the world’s largest expedition cruise line and the largest cruise operator in polar waters. Other destinations include Alaska, Arctic Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Svalbard and the Northwest Passage. The fleet of 14 small custom-built ships owned by Hurtigruten continues to grow with MS Fridtjof Nansen scheduled to take her maiden voyage during this spring and another new build is to set sail in 2021.
As the Hurtigruten company strives to be an industry leader in sustainability the two new ships and MS Roald Amundsen are the seas first hybrid electric powered cruise ships and the most advanced and environmentally friendly expedition cruise ships in the world.