MS Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten’s latest groundbreaking expedition cruise ship, recently completed her sea trials and is set for delivery by the end of 2019, well ahead of her scheduled April 1, 2020 inaugural voyage.
Because of MS Fridtjof Nansen’s early delivery, Hurtigruten has added five preview sailings, giving explorers the chance to experience the world’s second hybrid electric-powered cruise ship. Much like her sister ship, MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten’s newest ship is equipped with green technology and large battery packs.
“Pre-inaugural voyages are normally offered to specially invited guests only,” says Daniel Skjeldam, Hurtigruten CEO. “We want to share the special occasion and give more explorers the opportunity for a first-hand experience on the incredible MS Fridtjof Nansen and our unique expedition cruises.”
Exclusive opportunities – unique destinations
Departing from London (March 7, 2020), Liverpool (March 12, 2020) and Portsmouth (March 17, 2020), the exclusive, five-night preview sailings will take guests to hand-picked destinations in and around the British Isles. The hybrid electric-powered ship will visit destinations including Isles of Scilly, Fowey, Isle of Man and Dartmouth.
A four-night voyage from London will sail beneath the iconic Tower Bridge, taking guests to Oslo, Norway, Aalborg, Denmark and a scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal.
Through the fjords – battery powered
Custom built as a small ship, taking around 500 guests to some of the most spectacular waters of the planet, MS Fridtjof Nansen is currently in the final stages of outfitting at Norway’s Kleven Yard.
Over the past week, the ship has undergone sea trials off the west coast of Norway. With the Norwegian fjords as testing ground – and the famous Sunnmøre Alps as a spectacular backdrop – the hybrid electric-powered cruise ship’s advanced, green technology was put to test. This included her battery packs.
“We are extremely satisfied with the results of the sea trials. In fact, she performed so well that we concluded the tests a full day early,” said Kjetil Bollestad, Kleven CEO. “Building on the experience we got from MS Roald Amundsen, we are confident in delivering one of the most advanced vessels in the world by end of the year. In cooperation with the Hurtigruten team, our employees and subcontractors have done a great job.”
Driving demand – and change
In addition to the exclusive preview voyages, MS Fridtjof Nansen’s maiden season includes a series of cruises from Hamburg to the Norwegian coast, before spending the summer of 2020 exploring Greenland and Iceland. During the 2020-2021 winter season, she will join her hybrid electric-powered sister ship, MS Roald Amundsen, in Antarctica.
“We see great demand for our expedition cruises across all markets and all destinations,” added Skjeldam. “With their green technology and unprecedented focus on sustainable solutions, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen are not only driving demand, they are driving change in the cruise industry.”
The introduction of the world’s first hybrid electric-powered cruise ships is the latest in many Hurtigruten green initiatives. Hurtigruten celebrated its 125th anniversary by banning all single-use-plastics. In another industry first, Hurtigruten is completely rebuilding existing ships to run on a combination of large battery packs, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas (LBG) – produced from organic waste such as dead fish.
Be the first to get more information and your opportunity to join the exclusive MS Fridtjof Nansen pre-inaugural voyages here. The below itineraries are subject to change.
Pre-inaugural Voyage 1
March 7, 2020: London (Tilbury)
March 8, 2020: Portsmouth
March 9, 2020: Portland
March 10, 2020: St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
March 11, 2020: Douglas
March 12, 2020: Liverpool
Pre-inaugural Voyage 2
March 12, 2020: Liverpool
March 13, 2020: Dublin
March 14, 2020: Cardiff
March 15, 2020: Fowey
March 16, 2020: Dartmouth
March 17, 2020: Portsmouth
Pre-inaugural Voyage 3
March 17, 2020: Portsmouth
March 18, 2020: Dartmouth
March 19, 2020: St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
March 20, 2020: St. Peter Port
March 21, 2020: Ostend
March 22, 2020: London (Tower Bridge)
Pre-inaugural Voyage 4
March 23, 2020: London (Tower Bridge)
March 24, 2020: At Sea
March 25, 2020: Scenic Navigation: Kiel Canal
March 26, 2020: Aalborg
March 27, 2020: Oslo
Pre-inaugural Voyage 5
March 28, 2020: Oslo
March 29, 2020: Skagen
March 30, 2020: At Sea
March 31, 2020: Hamburg
Additional information about the pre-inaugural voyages can be found by contacting your travel agent, by calling Hurtigruten at 1-866-679-8305, or by visiting Hurtigruten.com.
Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel. As the largest cruise operator in polar waters, and with 126 years of know-how, they offer immersive experiences to some of the world’s most pristine and remote destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, and more. Hurtigruten’s fleet consists of 14 ships custom built for adventure travel, including the fleet’s newest addition, MS Roald Amundsen, the first cruise ship with hybrid electric-powered engines. In addition, two new groundbreaking ships will be delivered: MS Fridtjof Nansen in late 2019, and a third new build in 2021. These will be the most advanced and environmentally friendly expedition vessels at sea, with state-of-the-art green technology and hybrid power. Hurtigruten is an industry leader in sustainability, with a deep commitment to improving the marine environments they call home.Follow and Share with Jetsettersblog.