The world's first hybrid cruise ship is currently on its maiden voyage, an 18-day trip to Antarctica with 450 guests onboard. Here's a look inside.
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- Hurtigruten, a Norwegian expedition cruise company, unveiled the world's first hybrid cruise ship earlier this year. It is currently on its maiden voyage to Antarctica with 450 passengers aboard.
- The vessel, MS Roald Amundsen, runs on low sulfur diesel fuel that is supported by battery packs, cutting emissions by 20%.
- But it's not all science and technology on board: The ship is also equipped with an infinity pool, luxury suites, three restaurants, and a glass-encased sauna.
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The MS Roald Amundsen's first expedition to Antarctica is fitting - it was named after the eponymous legendary Norwegian polar explorer. The ship was unveiled by Hurtigruten, a Norwegian expedition cruise company, this summer.
The 459-foot cruise ship is equipped with battery packs that support its low sulfur, diesel-powered, Rolls Royce-built engines.That's not to say the cruise is devoid of the lavish trappings of a typical cruise ship: There's also an infinity pool, a glass-encased sauna, three restaurants, and luxurious cabins on board. Throughout the ship, there are almost 600 works of art produced by young Norwegian artists, handpicked by the queen of Norway.
The MS Roald Amundsen is the world's first hybrid cruise ship.
It runs on Rolls Royce-built engines powered by low sulfur diesel fuel and batteries, which, according to the ship's developer, lowers the ship's CO2 emissions by 20%.Advertisement
The cruise ship is currently on a full capacity, 18-day maiden voyage to Antarctica.
And it's not just science and sustainability on board: Like other cruise ships that support travels of that length, the ship is flush with luxury amenities. The ship has 264 cabins.Advertisement
The Scandinavian-inspired interior design features oak, granite, birch, and wool throughout the cabins.
Many of the suites have private lounging areas and balconies with hot tubs.Advertisement
All passengers have access to the infinity pool and the hot tubs on the observation deck ...
... and the sauna and wellness center, which also offer sweeping views.Advertisement
The ship has three restaurants and other communal amenities ...
... including a science center where passengers can attend lectures and learn more about Arctic exploration.Advertisement
The ship will be conducting arctic expedition cruises into 2020.
The MS Roald Amundsen is just one example of the luxury travel industry becoming more eco-friendly in 2019.Advertisement
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