"Today is a historical day not only for Hurtigruten, but for the global maritime industry. We celebrate the construction start of the first ship in a new generation that will change expedition travel forever", Skjeldam said during the ceremony at Kleven Yards on the western coast of Norway.

Launched in 2018, MS Roald Amundsen will be the world’s first expedition cruise ship powered by hybrid battery technology. The steel section marking the official start of the construction, will become one of the main engine compartments – housing the ship's revolutionary hybrid engines.

"Sustainability will be the core of every detail of the ship and the on board operation. The hybrid engines will reduce fuel consumption substantially and allow for periods of completely emission free sailing. With a number of other groundbreaking technical solutions throughout the ship, MS Roald Amundsen will be the most advanced and environmental friendly expedition ship ever built", Skjeldam says.

In addition to vast variation of custom built expedition equipment and a handpicked Expedition Team, MS Roald Amundsen will feature extensive in- and outdoor explorer decks, an immersive Activity Center, three restaurants, a fitness- and wellness center, an aft top deck pool bar with two jacuzzis and an infinity pool – and other yet to be disclosed features.

More than half of the 265 all outside cabins feature private balconies, while a number of Expedition Suites features private outdoor Jacuzzis.

"With MS Roald Amundsen, we combine unparalleled knowhow with cutting-edge technology, modern luxury, Scandinavian design and Norwegian desire to explore - to offer the modern-day adventure traveller exactly what she wants. This is the future. It’s exploring, not cruising", Skjeldam says.

You may see the MS Roald Amundsen hybrid ship in the following video:

Source: Hurtigruten