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Do you recycle your trash, compost your garbage or drive a hybrid car? Do you travel with a water bottle – as opposed to buying plastic water bottles? If so, you most likely look for ways to “go green” on vacation. Here’s the bad news: cruising is not a green activity.

Hurtigruten is part of the solution to accelerate sustainability programs. Launch of the first hybrid-powered cruise ship.

While competitors are running on cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil, our ships will literally be powered by nature. Biogas is the greenest fuel in shipping and will be a huge advantage for the environment. We would love other cruise companies to follow, says CEO Daniel Skjeldam. Photo: RUNE KONGSRO/Hurtigruten

Why is green technology so important in the cruise industry?  Read on.

The daily emissions from one single “mega cruise ship” can according to NGOs be equivalent to one million cars. There are more than 300 cruise ships in the world, many of them running on cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO). A mega ship is defined as those able to thousands of passengers in a single trip. 

Here’s the good news:

Here’s the good news: MS Roald Amundsen is the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, equipped with large battery packs and groundbreaking green technology. The hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20 % when compared to other ships of the same size. The 530-passenger MS Roald Amundsen uses large battery packs to support her low-emission engines.

Leading the way. Plastic Free Ships. 

Hurtigruten banned all unnecessary single-use plastics such as drinking cups, straws and plastic bags. They were replaced with paper and biodegradable materials. In each cabin aluminum water bottles are available to be refilled at water stations on each deck. The water stations offer sparkling water as well. 

“This opens a new chapter in maritime history. MS Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship equipped with batteries, something deemed impossible just a few years back. With the introduction of MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten sets a new standard not only for cruising, but for the entire shipping industry to follow,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.

By 2021, Hurtigruten plans to operate at least 6 of its ships on a combination of bio-gas, LNG and large battery packs.

– While competitors are running on cheap, polluting, heavy fuel oil, our ships will literally be powered by nature. Biogas is the greenest fuel in shipping and will be a huge advantage for the environment. We would love other cruise companies to follow, Skjeldam says.

Hurtigruten’s unmatched investments in green technology and innovation sets a new standard for the whole industry to follow.

Polar hero Roald Amundsen known for the first expedition to the south pole and the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole. Inspiration for the Huritgruten cruise ship.

Hutegruten’s ship is named after polar hero Roald Amundsen – who led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage and the first expedition to the south pole and the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole. This ship, MS Roald Amundsen, is set to honor his legacy.

Starting this summer, the hybrid powered cruise ship will explore some of the most spectacular areas of the planet from Antarctica to Greenland and Alaska to the Northwest Passage, using the battery packs to support her low-emission engines. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters.

The Nordic modern design – with features spanning from the high-tech Amundsen Science Center (with microscopes), vast observation decks, an infinity pool, a large panoramic sauna, a state-of-the-art wellness center, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge and aft-facing suites with private outdoor hot tubs – was spectacular. My cabin had clean wood walls, neutral colors, two contemporary chairs (instead of a couch), a desk, a spacious shower and a balcony. The Amundsen is an attractive, contemporary-designed ship.

The glass-walled sauna offers guests floor to ceiling views and is the largest I’ve ever seen on a ship.

MS Roald Amundsen is designed and built with sustainability at its core. In addition to green technology, she is the first cruise ship designed to be single-use plastic free. Sustainability is an integral part of the guest experience. From the hand-picked Hurtigruten Expedition Team to the industry-first Science Center, we will give the guests a deeper understanding of the areas we explore, Skjeldam says.

For our industry to operate more sustainably, we need to avoid overcrowding Arctic regions (Greenland, Antarctica, Alaska, The Northwest Passage). Local culture can be distorted and destroyed by poorly trained guides and guests. The growth of tourism in Arctic regions must be spread out over the entire year, not just in July and August, Skjeldam says. There is not doubt that Hurtigurten leads the way for a more sustainable way of traveling.   

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