MS Roald Amundsen Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Roald Amundsen
|Year built||2019 new ship|
|Builder||Montex Shipyard (Gdansk, Poland), Kleven Shipyard (Ulsteinvik, Norway)|
|Class||ice-strengthened expedition ship|
|Building cost||USD 220 million|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||140 m / 459 ft|
|Beam (width)||24 m / 79 ft|
|Passengers||530 - 600|
|Decks with cabins||6|
Current itinerary of MS Roald Amundsen
MS Roald Amundsen current cruise is 13 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Bridgetown, themed as "Easter". Prices start from USD 2577 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 09 Apr, 2019 and ends on 22 Apr, 2019.
|Date / Time||Port|
|09 Apr||Departing from Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica|
|10 Apr||Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica|
|11 Apr||Golfito, Costa Rica|
|12 Apr||At Sea|
|13 Apr||Panama Canal(Transit)|
|14 Apr||San Blas Islands, Panama|
|15 Apr||Cartagena, Colombia|
|16 Apr||Santa Marta, Colombia|
|17 Apr||At Sea|
|18 Apr||Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles|
|19 Apr||Kralendijk, Bonaire Island, Dutch Antilles|
|20 Apr||At Sea|
|21 Apr||Union Island, Ashton, Grenadines|
|22 Apr||Arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados|
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.
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%.
Each of these vessels offers 3 restaurants with menus that reflect local flavours 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 centre 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 self-service buffets, while others are plated meals served in one or two seatings, depending on how full the cruise ship is.
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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 speciality restaurant which is named after the favourite 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.
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- 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, speciality areas for workshops in biology, photography, and more.
- 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.
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.
MS Roald Amundsen wiki
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.
Vessel's construction officially started on February 24, 2017, with Daniel Skjeldam (Hurtigruten's CEO) attending the first steel cut at the 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).
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.
Roald Amundsen ship technology
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 stabilisers, ACON (integrated automation and control) system. Vessel's max draught / draft is 5,3 m (17 ft).
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.
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.
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-colour 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.
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.
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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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Mar 26||11 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Callao||Valparaiso||$2779|
|2019 Mar 26||16 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Puntarenas||Valparaiso||$2778|
|2019 Apr 09||13 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Bridgetown||Puntarenas||$2577|
|2019 May 03||14 days, round-trip Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands - Atlantic Islands||Lisbon||$2473|
|2019 May 17||13 days, one-way from Lisbon to Hamburg||Lisbon||$2613|
|2019 May 30||14 days, round-trip Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian Coastal Adventure||Hamburg||$3112|
|2019 Jun 13||14 days, round-trip Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian Coastal Adventure||Hamburg||$3112|
|2019 Jun 27||14 days, round-trip Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian Coastal Adventure||Hamburg||$3112|
|2019 Jul 11||10 days, one-way from Hamburg to Tromso||Hamburg||$2333|
|2019 Jul 21||5 days, one-way from Tromso to Oslo||Tromso||$2679|
|2019 Jul 26||11 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik||Longyearbyen||$4329|
|2019 Aug 06||14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq||Reykjavik||$4123|
|2019 Aug 20||22 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Vancouver||Kangerlussuaq||$9897|
|2019 Sep 11||17 days, round-trip Alaska & Canada: Aleutian Islands & Inside Passage||Vancouver||$4123|
|2019 Oct 10||9 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Callao||Puntarenas||$4123|
|2019 Oct 10||16 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Valparaiso||Puntarenas||$3814|
|2019 Oct 19||7 days, one-way from Callao to Valparaiso||Callao||$4829|
|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|