WHY IT IS BEING EVALUATED Travellers looking to get back on the water will be pleased with Hurtigruten’s new voyage – Donald Wood, senior editor of Breaking News

Hurtigruten, the world’s greatest explorer sailor, has unveiled its new flagship for the 2023 season. Aboard the MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery-powered hybrid expedition ship, passengers will cross the Northwest Passage in the footsteps of famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

Northwest Passage – Along the Great Explorers Road is the 26-day itinerary of an amateur expedition from the gold mining town of Nome, Alaska, through the Bering Strait, the Chukchi Sea, the Beaufort Sea and Amundsen Bay to Halifax. The expedition team on board includes biological and wildlife specialists, a professional photographer, an archaeologist and one or more Inuit cultural interpreters.

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The MS Roald Amundsen is known as one of the most demanding waterways. She navigates the ice floes and islands of the breathtaking Northwest Passage while introducing you to the history and culture of the region. Aboard the expedition team there are selected locations for a guided landing, a small boat trip to explore the land and the opportunity to see whales, seals and, on rare occasions, polar bears in their natural habitat.

This is one of our most ambitious and adventurous itineraries to date, offering our guests the opportunity to become true explorers on one of the most challenging waters in the world. We strive to provide our guests with a truly innovative and memorable experience, and a journey through the Northwest Passage is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, said John Downey, President of Hurtigruten Americas. After a year of lock-in, we know from our clients that their appetite for discovery has by no means diminished, and we look forward to welcoming them on board with us for their next adventure.

MS Roald Amundsen is a smaller, more stable hybrid cruise ship powered by Expeditionbatteries.

The MS Roald Amundsen, which can accommodate around 500 people, is a state-of-the-art expedition cruise ship with battery-powered hybrid propulsion – the first ship of its kind in the world. Designed specifically for expedition cruises, MS Roald Amundsen features a revolutionary hybrid propulsion system powered by batteries and other environmental technologies that reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20%.

On board, guests can expect a welcoming and comfortable environment, both in public areas and private cabins. Aune’s restaurants, Fredheim and Lindstrom, serve Norwegian and international cuisine as well as local inspiration.

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On all Hurtigruten expedition cruises you will meet a carefully selected expedition team, a group of dedicated experts who help guests discover and better understand each destination. Specializing in marine biology, Arctic survival, photography, oceanography, etc., team members lecture on the history of the area and informally put their knowledge into practice by organizing adventure excursions.

Citizen science

Share your curiosity in our science center, participate in exciting lectures, animal observations and experiments with our scientists and expedition teams, and contribute to research through citizen science projects around the world. The impressive science centre is the heart of the MS Roald Amundsen. It is run by a team of Hurtigruten forwards and is equipped with the latest technology and high-tech gadgets. There is no better place to explore remote places and natural beauty on the trail.

Route data

The Northwest Passage… In memory of the great explorers…

-Completion time: 26 days

-Departure date: 18. August 2023.

-Connections : Vancouver, Nome, Ilulissat, Sissimut, Red Bay, Corner Creek and Halifax (plus landing party escort and small boat ride).

-Ship: MS Roald Amundsen

SOURCE: Press release from Hurtigruten.

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