Published on : Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Hurtigruten Expeditions has added a third battery-hybrid powered ship to its line-up, MS Otto Sverdrup. The vessel has already departed Hamburg on her maiden voyage. The move introduces the first year-round expedition cruises from Germany, with Hurtigruten Expeditions offering departures directly from Hamburg to the Norwegian coast.
The growing Hurtigruten fleet of smaller, more sustainable expedition cruise ships takes guests exploring more than 250 destinations across some of the most spectacular waters of the planet including Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, British Isles, West Africa and the Galapagos.
Following a complete upgrade and transfer to Hurtigruten Expeditions, MS Otto Sverdrup’s maiden voyage from Germany will be the first sailing in the step-by-step restart of operations. Next month, MS Maud will start the first ever year-round UK-based expedition cruises.
Asta Lassesen mentioned in a statement that the line is thrilled to finally be back exploring with guests. She mentioned that the company have been really looking forward to the day after a very challenging year for the entire travel industry. She shared that the line saw the travel industry’s global pause as a golden opportunity to invest, upgrade and improve our ships and product.
She mentioned that that MS Otto Sverdrup will feature a combination of advanced green technology, including new battery packs, that will ensure an even more sustainable way of exploring the Norwegian coast. She also informed that safety of our guests, crew and the communities will continue to be the number one priority upon return. She added that the stringent health and safety protocols, including vaccination policy for all guests and crew, will ensure that everyone feels safe, protected and comfortable onboard without limiting the experience.