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MS Roald Amundsen

MS Roald Amundsen Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Roald Amundsen

Year built2019 new ship
Flag state Norway
BuilderMontex Shipyard (Gdansk, Poland), Kleven Shipyard (Ulsteinvik, Norway)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Building costUSD 220 million
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)140 m / 459 ft
Beam (width)24 m / 79 ft
Passengers530 - 600
Decks with cabins6
Christened byKarin Strand

Current itinerary / position of MS Roald Amundsen

MS Roald Amundsen current cruise is 18 days, round-trip Patagonia,Chilean Fjords,Antarctica Voyage Sbound. Prices start from USD 9052 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 26 Oct, 2019 and ends on 13 Nov, 2019. This voyage is also offered as flycruise deal.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
27 Oct    Departing from Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile hotels
27 Oct 23:00 - 28 Oct 23:00    At Sea
29 Oct 23:00 - 23:00    Chiloe Island, Castro, Chile
30 Oct 23:00 - 23:00    At Sea
31 Oct 23:00 - 23:00    Puerto Eden, Wellington Island, Chile
01 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Puerto Natales, Chile
02 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Puerto Natales, Chile
03 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Chilean Fjords, Patagonia
04 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, Chile Patagonia
04 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Cape Horn, Chile Antarctica
05 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Drake Passage, Antarctica
06 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Deception Island, Antarctica
07 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Half Moon Island, Antarctica
08 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Neko Harbour, Antarctica
09 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Cuverville Island, Antarctica
10 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Drake Passage, Antarctica
11 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Drake Passage, Antarctica
12 Nov 23:00 - 23:00    Punta Arenas, Chile Antarctica
12 Nov 23:00    Arriving in Valparaiso, Santiago, Chile(flight) hotels

Review of MS Roald Amundsen

Launched in 2019, MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship is the first of the two new hybrid-powered expedition ships in Hurtigruten's fleet. The newbuilds (Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen) were both named after the most influential Norwegian polar explorers from the era when the Hurtigruten company started to operate on expedition cruise itineraries.

NEWS: In 2021, Hurtigruten adds 4 old ships to the company's expedition fleet - Spitsbergen (2009), Midnatsol (2003), Trollfjord (2002) and Finnmarken (2002). This fleet also includes Fram (2007) and the 3 newbuilds - Roald Amundsen (2019), Fridtjof Nansen (2020) and TBN (2021).

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner Hurtigruten is a Norwegian passenger shipping company specializing in cruise and ferry services. The "Norwegian Coastal Express Route" (Bergen-Kirkenes) is a cargo-passenger ferry service along Norway's western and northern coast. Hurtigruten's cruise ferries sail nearly the entire length of Norway and complete this roundtrip itinerary in 11 days. The route also includes Lofoten Islands and Vesteralen Islands.

MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship (Hurtigruten)

This cruise vessel class was purposefully designed for Norwegian coastal and Polar expedition cruises (Arctic and Antarctica itineraries). The Rolls-Royce company's Marine division received a GBP 25 million (USD 33 million) from the shipyard to provide the vessel's design and equipment.

The new series Hurtigruten expedition vessels feature the latest environmentally friendly marine technologies. The new hybrid technology allows cruising with fully electric propulsion for up to 30 min. The main gain is the total reduction in fuel consumption and CO2-emissions. The technology, along with the effective use of electricity onboard and the optimized hull design, reduces bad emissions by nearly 20%.

MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship (Hurtigruten)

Each of these vessels offers 3 restaurants with menus that reflect local flavors and destinations. The pool deck has bars, infinity pools and Jacuzzis. Building materials used during construction were predominantly Norwegian, with extensive use of granite, oak and wool, among others.

Cruise itinerary program

Roald Amundsen cruise itinerary program offers expedition voyages to Antarctica and Chilean Fjords (during 2018-2019 inaugural season), as well as Norwegian Coastal, Svalbard (Norway) and Alaska (through the Canadian Arctic / Northwest Passage route).


There are a total of 265 staterooms aboard Roald Amundsen, with the largest being the Grand Suites (400 ft2). These are with one or two rooms and have private balconies, separate sitting area, queen beds and Internet access. The aft suites have private outdoor Jacuzzis with great views. All cabins are outside, with 50% of them featuring private balconies.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Breakfast and lunch on the Roald Amundsen ship are buffet-style and open-seating. The serving area is situated in the center of the ship's restaurant in a square formation. Meals are spread out over a couple of hours, so the dining room is seldom crowded. Some dinners are open-seating and self-service buffets, while others are plated meals served in one or two seatings, depending on how full the cruise ship is.

MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship (Hurtigruten)

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  • The Restaurant / Aune Main Dining which is named after the Norwegian polar expedition supplier Tinus Aune (dining room with large floor-ceiling windows, buffet station in the middle and outdoor seating area)
  • The Bistro / Fredheim is an informal social meeting place which is named after 1900s hunting station located on Svalbard (offers light snacks and drinks; has a separate buffet dining area).
  • Lindstrom specialty restaurant which is named after the favorite chef of Norwegian polar heroes, Adolf Lindstrom.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MV Roald Amundsen features innovative Scandinavian design, large observation platforms (on several decks), pool deck with infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars.

From the moment passengers step onboard the compact Roald Amundsen ship, they feel as though they’ve arrived in the polar region. The artwork reflects both the Antarctic and the Arctic with photos of the early expeditions, snow-capped peaks paintings and pictures of penguins. MS Roald Amundsen brings her guests close to nature and unforgettable experiences. She offers numerous lounges to relax, as well as a well-equipped gym for the more active passengers.

Both ms Fridtjof Nansen and ms Roald Amundsen feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, such as a fleet of Blueye underwater drones, large inflatable Explorer Boats and kayaks. After completing their daily adventures, passengers are able to rejuvenate in the vessels' Wellness area, panoramic sauna, gym, or on the pool deck with an infinity pool, pool bar and jacuzzis.

MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship (Hurtigruten)

Follows the complete list of Roald Amundsen ship lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Ward (wardroom, ship officers’ dining room and relaxation lounge)
  • Embarkation/disembarkation area/lobby for easy loading/unloading of passengers going on land expeditions; ship-to-shore tendering is serviced by inflatable boats, used mostly for wildlife watching)
  • Lecture halls (offer expert lectures and multimedia presentations)
  • The Lobby (with floor-ceiling windows, reception, expeditions booking and information)
  • Internet corner (Internet Cafe with 4 Internet computers, combined with a library)
  • Shop (selling hand-made souvenirs, special occasion gifs, Hurtigruten logo merchandise); Video Games Arcade.
  • 2-level indoor/outdoor Observation Deck which is expected to be wrapped around the top of ship's raked bow
  • Amundsen Science Centre. The immersive area, packed with high tech gadgets and state of the art technology like science equipment and touch screens, is the place where passengers and crew meet and mingle. The venue has a small library, lecture spaces, dedicated areas for themed educational activities (workshops in biology, photography, etc).
  • Observation Lounge (with panoramic windows for 270-degree ocean views; served by its own bar; lounge’s outdoor area is named ”Passenger Bridge”)
  • Deck 10 forward-facing Explorer Lounge
  • Fitness Room (with treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machine, ping pong table, free weights); two whirlpools with shower section; two separate Saunas
  • The Sun Deck is the place for Hurtigruten’s special ceremony “Arctic Circle baptism”, including a Neptune-costumed crewmember, icy seawater, and a shot for warming up.

MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship (Hurtigruten)

Roald Amundsen is Hurtigruten's first liner featuring the largest LED screen at sea. The 7-deck high screen has height 17,5 m (57,5 ft), It will be positioned midship (in the Atrium) facing the 3 glass-walled elevators. The huge LED screen will display live footages of the surrounding scenery and wildlife. It can also be used to live-streaming lectures and media presentations or just to create different moods with HD images and videos.

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Roald Amundsen is the first of Hurtigruten's new series of expedition cruise ships built in Poland (Montex Shipyard in Gdansk / hull and superstructure) and Norway (Kleven Shipyard in Ulsteinvik / marine interior and outfitting). The company signed a letter of intent with the shipbuilder Kleven Verft In April 2016 for 2 vessels, with an included option for 2 more ships of the same class/design. The contract was signed in July 2016. The second same-class ship (MS Fridtjof Nansen) was scheduled for delivery in July 2019.

Hurtigruten Roald Amundsen cruise ship construction

Vessel's construction officially started on February 24, 2017, with Daniel Skjeldam (Hurtigruten's CEO) attending the first steel cut at Kleven Shipyard. The ship was launched (floated-out from drydock) on February 17, 2018, and scheduled for delivery in July 2018. The float-out ceremony was attended by Hurtigruten fleet's oldest ship - MS Lofoten (launched in 1964 / 54-years-old as of 2018).

However, "due to the complexity of the construction", the shipyard delayed the project and re-scheduled the delivery for May 3, 2019 (inaugural cruise from Lisbon Portugal). In mid-2019, liner's maiden voyage was again re-scheduled - from June 27 (departure from Hamburg Germany) to July 2 (leaving from Tromso Norway).

Ship's Captain is Kai Albrigtsen. He started his maritime career at 17 as galley (kitchen) assistant and has served in various positions on 10 Hurtigruten liners. He became Captain in 2006, and before Roald Amundsen was the chief commander of MS Midnatsol.

Ship's godmother is Karin Strand - 1970-born Swedish polar pioneer (Doctor of Philosophy in literature) and since 2014 - deputy head of Svenskt visarkiv (Swedish Vision Archive - 1951-founded archive of Swedish music and dances). As of 2019, Karin Strand has completed 140+ Antarctic expeditions. Ship's christening ceremony was scheduled for November 8, 2019, and held in Antarctica (Chiriguano Bay, Brabant Island), making the event world's and industry's first.

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The onboard art collection was personally selected by Norway's Queen Sonja and her art foundation "Queen Sonja Print Award". The ship has around 600 artworks by a total of 20 Norwegian artists but also features pieces by the Queen herself. Art sale auctions are hosted onboard in addition to permanent exhibitions and professional lectures.

Ship's design features an ice-strengthened hull, wave-piercing bulbous bow, Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge (navigation consoles, software interfaces, etc) for safe and efficient performances. The vessel integrates a DP0 (Bridge Mate dynamic positioning system), Aquarius 100 stabilizers, ACON (integrated automation and control) system. Vessel's max draught / draft is 5,3 m (17 ft).

Hurtigruten new expedition cruise ship (bow view)

The hybrid powerplant combines electric power systems, which efficiency allows fuel reduction by approx 20% and approx 20% lower CO2 emissions (an equivalent of over 3000 tons3 CO2 per year). The ship is powered by all four "Bergen B33:45L" diesel engines (by Rolls-Royce) plus batteries. The engines are equipped with an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system to meet IMO Tier III NOx emissions limit.

Hurtigruten new expedition cruise ship (aft view)

Scanship is the supplier of ship's cleaning systems - food waste processing, garbage handling, wastewater treatment plants. The ship has "Jets Vacuum" systems (for toilets and wastewater collecting). Scanship's blackwater purification system is IMO Marpol certified.

Hurtigruten newbuilds also feature underwater drones (ROV / remotely operated underwater vehicle) developed by Blueye Robotics (Norway). Each drone weights 7 kg and has 4 thrusters for propulsion. The ROV also features a wide-angle video camera (Blueye Pioneer) designed to work in limited-light conditions. It streams true-color live images to the ship's TV screens, to all cabin TVs and also to the digital diving masks of the passengers cruising on the ship's Zodiac boats. Ship's fully electric propulsion includes two Azipull thrusters (powered by a permanent magnet motor) plus two tunnel thrusters. The permanent magnet motor delivers high efficiency at various speeds.

new Hurtigruten ships powerplant and propulsion system

In November 2018, Hurtigruten announced its fleet will be powered with LBG (liquified biogas) produced mainly from dead fish using organic-waste recycling methods. LBG will be sourced from Norway and other Northern European countries with large fisheries and forestry industries producing large volumes of organic waste. By 2021, the company plans to have six ships powered by a combination of LBG, LNG and batteries. The project (budgeted USD 850 million) will result in creating the world’s greenest cruise brand.

In 2019, Roald Amundsen became Hurtigruten's first vessel to complete a Northwest Passage Cruise (August 20 through September 10) from Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) to Nome (Alaska). The 21-day voyage included 7645 km of sea navigation.

MS Roald Amundsen Itineraries

The below listed MS Roald Amundsen cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Hurtigruten fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Oct 26 18 days, round-trip Patagonia,Chilean Fjords,Antarctica Voyage Sbound Valparaiso $9052
2019 Nov 12 18 days, round-trip Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands Valparaiso $7394
2019 Nov 28 18 days, round-trip Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands Valparaiso $7394
2019 Dec 14 15 days, round-trip Chilean fjords & Antarctica Valparaiso $5773
2019 Dec 27 18 days, round-trip Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands Valparaiso $7394
2020 Jan 12 18 days, round-trip Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands Valparaiso $7394
2020 Jan 28 18 days, round-trip Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands Valparaiso $7394
2020 Feb 13 18 days, round-trip Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands Valparaiso $7394
2020 Feb 29 18 days, round-trip Chilean Fjords, Antarctica and Falklands Valparaiso $7394
2020 Mar 16 20 days, round-trip Patagonia, Chilean fjords, Antarctica - Northbound Valparaiso $6701

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