Ahead of 2020 Antarctic season, the polar exploration ship of Hurtigruten, MS Fram, is scheduled for a total makeover. Changes include new cabins, new suites, the introduction of line’s signature ‘Science Center,’ brand new restaurants as well as more environmentally friendly engines.
The cruise line plans to fully refurbish all its staterooms and suites, adding oak, birch, granite and wool to create a relaxed and stylish look. Passengers will benefit from an additional place to socialize via the new edutainment area, Science Center. The spot will feature science equipment, touch screens, and other interactive features for passengers to learn more about the regions they travel through.
The main restaurant aboard MS Fram will be transformed to the informal Restaurant Aune. Ship's Qilak Observation Lounge will be completely refurbished to become Explorer Lounge & Bar. The company will introduce new culinary offering, Lindstrom. The high-end fine dining restaurant, Lindstrom is due to serve modern cuisine that is rooted in traditional Norwegian cooking.
Elsewhere onboard the ship, Hurtigruten's Fram will receive major technical upgrades, such as upgrades to bring her engines to highest environmental standards. This change is part of the sustainability efforts the cruise line has taken, like banning single-use plastics and planning to roll out 3 hybrid powered cruise ships by 2021.