Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen ship with a Northwest Passage cruise in 2023

   March 23, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

The world leader in exploration travel Hurtigruten revealed a new flagship cruise for the 2023 season, departing on August 18.

Onboard MS Roald Amundsen, the first battery hybrid expedition cruise ship in the world, passengers will sail along the Northwest Passage following the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

"The Northwest Passage – In the Wake of the Great Explorers" is a 26-day itinerary taking guests from Alaska's Gold Rush town Nome through the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Amundsen Gulf prior to arriving at Halifax. The onboard Expedition Team includes biology and wildlife experts, an archaeologist, a professional photographer, and one or more Inuit cultural interpreters.

MS Roald Amundsen is scheduled to navigate the ice floes and islands of the Northwest Passage whilst bringing to life for passengers the local history and culture of the area. The onboard Expedition Team chooses locations along the route to arrange small boat cruising for onshore exploration, escorted landing, and opportunities to spot wildlife in its natural habit from seals, whales, and polar bears.

MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship

Hosting ~500 passengers, MS Roald Amundsen is a battery hybrid-powered expedition vessel, the first of its kind in the world, and specifically designed for expedition cruising. The ship features a revolutionary battery hybrid propulsion system, along with other green technology to reduce fuel consumption as well as cut CO2 emissions by 20%.

Ports of call include Vancouver BC, Nome, Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Red Bay, Corner Brook, Halifax (in addition to small boat cruising and escorted landings throughout the voyage).