Hurtigruten’s custom-built polar ship Richard With docked at Fosen Yard in Norway for a month-long refurbishment of all staterooms, suites and passenger areas to make her modern and environmentally friendly.
The ship, named after line’s founder, will be fitted with a number of new features during the makeover, which comes at the end of Hurtigruten’s 125th anniversary year. The accommodations will be fully updated and a number of the staterooms on Deck 7 are planned to be merged creating 14 bigger suites, some of which due to feature expansive bay windows.
Richard With's aft-facing Torget Restaurant will be renovated and expected to boast huge deck-to-ceiling windows. Hurtigruten will enlarge the gym, add 2 aft-facing outdoor whirlpools, upgrade the sauna and build 2 new lecture halls next to Kompass information and shopping area.
The vessel will also undergo technical improvements, with the cruise line installing new air conditioning system and shore power facilities.
MS Richard With will be retrofitted with big battery packs and green LNG engines, part of Hurtigruten Line’s commitment to environmentally sustainable operations. During the next 2 years, diesel propulsion systems of 5 other ships will be replaced.