Hurtigruten invests in new expedition ship

MS Norway Explorer is 13th ship in Hurtigruten fleet
Hurtigruten, which has been cruising along the Norwegian coastline since 1893, has bought a new ship for expeditions. The line says that the new vessel, named MS Norway Explorer, has optimal handling characteristics that make it possible to get very close to nature and experience wildlife at a closer distance than before.
MS Norway Explorer is the 13th ship in the Hurtigruten fleet, which the company says secures its position as the industry’s leading experiential and adventure cruise line along the Norwegian coast and in the polar waters.
It is almost ten years since Hurtigruten last invested in a new vessel. The new ship was built in Portugal in 2009 and will have capacity for 320 guests in 180 cabins. Its maiden voyage will take place next year but before this will undergo a total refurbishment to enable it to fully adapt to polar waters.
“As usual, Hurtigruten places great importance on the environment and the renovation also means minimising fuel consumption and emissions,” says Jacob Trampe Broch, the company’s head of marketing in the Nordics.
Norway Explorer will replace MS Midnatsol, which moves to the Antarctic, and will operate on the Norwegian coast. It will also carry travellers to Greenland, Svalbard and the Antarctic starting in autumn 2016.
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