In honour of the Norwegian pioneering tradition, these two ships are to be named after Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, the first man to make it to the South Pole, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who skied the length of Greenland in 1888, respectively. It seems only fitting that these men, innovators of their time, should lend their names to two of the most trailblazing ships of our time. These new vessels will have a huge impact on sustainable travel solutions well into the future.
“I am so thrilled that Bentours and Hurtigruten are in a strategic alliance with shared values and a shared purpose to deliver extraordinary travel experiences," says Damian Perry, CEO of Cox and Kings, specialist operator of Bentours and GSA of Hurtigruten. "This will truly revolutionise the way people explore.”
Front runners in sustainable adventure travel, Hurtigruten is using a design created in collaboration between Rolls-Royce and the famous Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino. The result is interiors with an emphasis on comfort and quality of materials and, as to the ship as a whole, a huge reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Through the use of hybrid electric propulsion technology, the vessels will be able to glide alongside glaciers almost silently. This technology results in a 20% reduction in fuel consumption compared to traditional ships. In total the ships will have a 6400 metric tons reduction in emissions – this is the equivalent to the yearly emissions of over 5500 modern cars!
The interior of the new vessel takes inspiration from the breathtaking surrounds that the ships will be sailing through, with an emphasis on natural materials mostly sourced from Norway. The simple, clean design is classically Scandinavian and allows the beauty of nature to take centre stage.
“The new vessels will enhance the experience of our customers. Bentours and Hurtigruten together are 100% customer focused and understand travelling to such mesmerising and unique destinations requires that special and tailor-made touch,” says Perry.
This new class of ships will feature large observation decks, infinity pools and Jacuzzis where guests will be able to relax and embrace the beauty of the nature around them. Six of the ten cabins will be equipped with balconies for those who want to be as close to nature at all times, while two of the cabins will be superior suites.
With a strengthened hull specifically designed for breaching ice, we're sure the yet to be revealed expedition features will promise the ultimate adventure for guests.
There will be three restaurants with diverse menus reflecting local flavours and a number of bars where guests can relax.
Aboard the MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, guests will enjoy comfort, discover their inner adventurer and keep their conscience clean with the sustainable innovations. And it's not just us who are excited about these new ships – just last week, the new vessels were listed by GQ as one of the 'Coolest things in the World'.
At Bentours, we are excited for these Hurtigruten ships to begin sailing in 2018 / 2019 so that we can help you plan the ultimate holiday adventure!