Hurtigruten names new Rolls-Royce-designed ships

Hybrid powered expedition ships named after polar pioneers
Hurtigruten has named its two new hybrid powered expedition ships – Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, after the two famous Norwegian polar pioneers.
The ferry and cruise line said they were natural choices, as the explorers are from the era when the company itself first started offering voyages of adventure.
Designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino, the ships will be delivered in 2018 and 2019.
“On December 14, it will be exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole,” said Daniel Skjeldam, Hurtigruten’s chief executive.
“It has been 128 years since Fridtjof Nansen skied across Greenland and it is 120 years since Richard With, Hurtigruten’s founder, first started exploration tourism in the Arctic. So what could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers.”
Interiors will mirror the exterior waters and landscapes, and there will be three restaurants and a pool deck.
“Materials will be predominantly Norwegian and be inspired by nature with the innovative use of granite, oak, birch, wool, among other materials. All of which will be characterized by an innovative Scandinavian approach to interior design,” the company said a statement.
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