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Kai Albrigtsen (photo: Hurtigruten)

MS Roald Amundsen captain began career in galley

Kai Albrigtsen has been named as the captain of Hurtigruten’s new hybrid-powered expedition ship.

The Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten has named Kai Albrigtsen as the captain of its new ship MS Roald Amundsen, which enters the fast-growing expedition cruise market in spring 2019.

Starting his career with the company at the age of 17, as an assistant in the galley kitchen, he will now take command of the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship.

Albrigtsen has worked in a number of positions on about a dozen Hurtigruten ships, with his first expedition to Antarctica coming in 2003. He achieved the rank of captain in 2006.

Most recently he was captain on the Hurtigruten expedition vessel Midnatsol. In total, has been with the cruise line for almost 40 years.

“Through my 37 years in Hurtigruten I have faced challenges and gained unique experiences. But most of all, working for Hurtigruten is an adventure where I have been looking forward to every day – in every position I have held. No two days at the office are the same,” Albrigtsen said.

Away from work, Albrigtsen says he most enjoys spending his time fishing or hiking with his family in Norway’s Vesterålen or Lofoten islands.

Three sisters
MS Roald Amundsen is currently getting its finishing touches at Norway’s Kleven Verft yard, alongside the sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen to be delivered in 2020, and now a third ship due for delivery in 2021.

MS Fridtjof Nansen touched the water for the first time during a launch on December 9.

With space for up to 530 guests, MS Roald Amundsen will explore regions like Antarctica, the Arctic, the Northwest Passage and Alaska – with a minimal footprint and in areas that bigger ships cannot reach, according to Hurtigruten.

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