As Hurtigruten’s greening of it’s fleet continues, they will be renaming three of their classic ships as they come out of their hybrid makeover, environmentally friendly, premium expedition cruise ships.
The ms Ronald Amundsen was the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, and soon ms Trollfjord, ms Finnmarken and ms Midnatsol will stand beside their sister ship after their transformations. They will emerge ms Maud, ms Otto Sverdrup and ms Eirik Raude in the next few years.
“With these new expedition cruise vessels, guests will be able to explore Norway like never before, with all the comforts, facilities, and expertise one needs for creating a perfect adventure. Combined with groundbreaking green technology, these ships will truly stand out,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
But where do the names come from?
MS Maud, the current MS Trollfjord, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsen’s ’Maud’ from 1917. The original ’Maud’ got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway, who also had her namesake in Hurtigruten’s 1925 flagship ‘DS Dronning Maud.’
MS Otto Sverdrup, the current MS Finnmarken, is named after one of Norway’s most notable polar heroes. Alongside Fridtjof Nansen, he was the first to ski across Greenland, a key contributor to several expeditions and captain on the legendary polar ship ’Fram.’ Sverdrup also has a close connection to Hurtigruten: Between the expeditions he was a captain on board Hurtigruten ships.
MS Eirik Raude, the current MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous Viking chiefs in history. Eirik Raude—also known as Eric the Red—got his name from his huge red beard, and is not only known for discovering Greenland, but also for giving the island its name.
“For centuries, humans have moved boundaries and explored some of the most spectacular areas and waters of our planet. As the world’s largest expedition cruise company, we are closely connected to the great explorers and polar heroes. With names inspired by their incredible achievements, we honor their legacy,” said Skjeldam.
What all is changing?
During their dry dock the ships will be installed with battery packs that will drastically cut emissions by supporting the ship’s engines and the engines will be upgraded to low-emission engines. They will also be equipped for shore power that will eliminate emissions while the ships are docked. The premium expedition ships will carry a maximum of 530 guests and have several new features and enhancements including:
• Using natural Scandinavian materials such as granite, oak, birch and wool, all public areas on MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude will be redesigned to create a relaxed and stylish look and feel, and add to the premium on-board experience.
• A specially designed Expedition Launch – the tender pit area where guests embark on their on their excursions and off-ship adventures – will be added to all ships, complete with tender boats and other expedition equipment.
• All cabins and suites will be completely refurbished, and new suites with spectacular views added to all three ships.
• Hurtigruten’s signature Science Center will be added to the three ships. Packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features, the edutainment area will also be the on-board HQ for the ship’s Expedition Team
The new on board additions include a new wellness area equipped with a gym, lounge and treatment rooms. The pool area (MS Otto Sverdrup) and outdoor hot tub areas (MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude) will be fully-upgraded.
Three brand new restaurants will be added, matching Hurtigruten’s new restaurant concepts for the growing fleet of expedition cruise ships:
• Restaurant Aune: social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner based on a Scandinavian identity.
• Restaurant Lindstrøm: an upper premium fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking that are contrasted with modern cuisine.
• Fredheim: informal eatery named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard that sheltered adventurers from around the world.
A new outdoor grill will also be added on the top decks.
Each ship will operate year round Norwegian coastal itineraries starting with the first ship relaunch in 2021.
To be one of the first to sail Norway on one of these amazing new ships contact one of our Cruise Specialists today. 1-800-387-8890. And be sure to watch for future group Norway, Land of the Midnight Sun enhanced itineraries.
Click here for more information on our May 2020, Norway coastal cruise.