Hurtigruten Expeditions has added a 3rd battery-hybrid powered ship to its line-up, MS Otto Sverdrup.
The vessel departed Hamburg on her maiden voyage earlier.
The transfer introduces the primary year-round expedition cruises from Germany, with Hurtigruten Expeditions providing departures instantly from Hamburg to the Norwegian coast.
“We are thrilled to lastly be again exploring with our friends.
“This is a day we have all been really looking forward to after a very challenging year for the entire travel industry,” mentioned Hurtigruten Expeditions chief govt, Asta Lassesen.
The rising Hurtigruten fleet of smaller, extra sustainable expedition cruise ships takes friends exploring greater than 250 locations throughout a number of the most spectacular waters of the planet – together with Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, British Isles, West Africa and the Galapagos.
“We noticed the journey trade’s international pause as a golden alternative to speculate, improve and enhance our ships and product.
“As we return to cruising, 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,” mentioned Lassesen.
Following a whole improve and switch to Hurtigruten Expeditions, MS Otto Sverdrup’s maiden voyage from Germany would be the first crusing within the step-by-step restart of operations.
Next month, MS Maud will begin the primary ever year-round UK-based expedition cruises.
“Our friends have been extraordinarily affected person, and I do know they’re as excited as we’re. As we return to operations, the security of our friends, crew and the communities we discover is our primary precedence.
Our stringent well being and security protocols, together with our vaccination coverage for all friends and crew, will be certain that everybody feels protected, protected and comfy onboard with out limiting the expertise,” mentioned Lassesen.