The world’s first hybrid expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, will set sail for Antarctica in 2019. The hybrid ships will offer passengers Antarctic adventures that are quieter, smoother, safer and greener than ever before. MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen are specially designed class 6A ice-strengthened, world-class expedition ships allowing passengers to explore polar waters and reach exciting new destinations in unparalleled comfort.
The ships include superbly designed features such as exclusively outside cabins, three restaurants, a gym, pool, and hot tub, which means they are fully equipped and ready for action as an advanced and complete floating basecamp at sea. Glide quietly through the deep fjords of Chile with zero emissions and a clear conscience as the spectacular landscapes and nature of the Patagonian region in southern Argentina and Chile comes into view.
Antarctica’s white wonder
Passengers will also get to enjoy the culture of South America, visit Cape Horn and then explore the white wonder that is Antarctica. Highlights of the expeditions to Antarctica include circling the giant tabular icebergs, which can be found drifting from the rim of Antarctica. With no permanent human inhabitants, the continent of Antarctica is home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. From the deck, you might see shoals of penguins swimming out to sea on the hunt for krill, or the torpedo-like leopard seal patrolling the shorelines.
Keep a sharp eye out for the blows of surfacing humpback whales. And, when opportunities do arise, Hurtigruten will launch its kayaks and take you on unforgettable landings to explore one of the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet – all in true expedition style. As modern-day explorers, passengers onboard the world’s most environmentally friendly expedition ships will encounter unspoiled wilderness while enjoying the comfort of Hurtigruten’s state-of-the-art vessels.
Seal of approval
There will also be science centres, where field experiments are performed: see 3 million years of ice through a microscope, and hear amazing lectures about environmental and historic journeys that will blow your mind. No matter your age, you will be captivated. Passengers onboard the MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansenas will also get the opportunity to see wildlife such as penguins and seals and enjoy dramatic views of the pristine Antarctic continent from deck. Snowshoeing, kayaking, and hiking will be some of the more popular shore excursions, which passengers can relive with fellow travellers.
For detailed itineraries and destination information visit hurtigruten.com or see your preferred travel agent.