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Hurtigruten reveals MS Roald Amundsen godmother

Hurtigruten, Karin Strand, Antarctica, MS Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten has named polar pioneer Karin Strand as godmother to its first hybrid-powered cruise ship.

MS Roald Amundsen will become the first ship to be named in Antarctica on 8 November. The traditional breaking of a champagne bottle will be replaced by a chunk of ice, to honour the legacy of polar hero Roald Amundsen.

Strand, who is Hurtigruten’s VP of expeditions, overseeing the line’s expedition teams, said: “I am honoured to be named godmother to the most innovative ship to hit the waters in decades. The green technology and innovative solutions serve as an inspiration for exploring our oceans in a more sustainable way.”

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam added: “As the polar hero Roald Amundsen, our MS Roald Amundsen is something out of the ordinary. And so should our godmother be.

“We wanted someone who in her own self represents our core values, the spirit of exploration and the awesomeness of the ship. Karin is all that and more. Her passion for exploration, the oceans and the communities we visit, combined with her never-ending will to innovate, makes her a true role model.”

MS Roald Amundsen recently became the first hybrid-powered ship to complete the famed Northwest Passage – following in the wake of Roald Amundsen’s 1903-1906 expedition from Greenland to Alaska.

The ship will sail further along the coast of North and South America, before spending the winter in Antarctica. It will then return to North America in the summer of 2020, for a series of expedition cruises in Alaska.

The ship features green technology, such as large battery packs to support low-emission engines. This will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20 per cent compared to other cruise ships of a similar size, according to the cruise line.

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