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Here’s how one company is changing cruising for the better

Here’s how one company is changing cruising for the better

One cruise line is proving that when it comes to conservation, you don’t necessarily need to sacrifice comfort.

Adventure abounds on each of Hurtigruten’s world-class ships, operating in some of the world’s most fascinating (and remote) destinations, such as Antarctica, Alaska and the Arctic Islands in addition to its specialised region, the western and northern coasts of Norway.

With explorer heritage dating back to 1893, Hurtigruten is now a leader in experiences that will see guests communing with nature in some of the farthest reaches of the planet. An onboard team of experts provides lectures in subjects such as geography, history and wildlife, and guests can count on a 100% Northern Lights guarantee.

But when it comes to conservation, Hurtigruten is also proving that it takes the health of our oceans seriously. Here are five ways Hurtigruten is leading the way for the cruise industry, both for our planet and for the guest experience.

1. The world’s first hybrid cruise ship

Rolls-Royce technology is helping the new expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen to coast with zero emissions for up to 30 minutes in Arctic or Antarctic waters, and hybrid power to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent. Proving that sustainability can still deliver on the company’s sophisticated standards, she will also offer a science centre, infinity pool, private hot tubs, underwater drones and the largest LED screen at sea. MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid cruise ships to be unveiled over the next few years.

2. It will be the world’s first cruise line to power ships with biogas

In a show of environmentally conscious innovation, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise line in the world to power ships on liquefied bio gas (LBG), an energy supply sourced from organic waste that would otherwise have been unused. The energy harnesses waste material from sources including agriculture, forestry and even dead fish.

3. It was one of the first major cruise lines to ban single-use plastics

On a mission to become the world’s first plastic-free shipping company, Hurtigruten has already removed all plastic straws and cups, coffee lids and bags from all of its ships. Instead, reusable alternatives such as metal straws have been embraced. Extending beyond its ocean cruises, the ban will also be imposed on hotels, restaurants and any other establishments making up Hurtigruten’s land-based operations.

4. It’s retrofitting up to nine existing ships to run on LNG and battery power

Hurtigruten recently invested US$826 million in making its existing fleet more environmentally friendly. Up to nine of its vessels will be refitted to run on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied bio gas (LBG) and electric batteries in order to cut emissions, with an overall goal to become completely carbon neutral by 2050. This means almost the entire fleet will be hybrid ships by 2021.

5. The widest ever selection of expedition cruises

Beginning in 2020, Hurtigruten will offer 12- to 18-day expeditions to the Alaskan wilderness aboard its brand-new hybrid vessel, MS Roald Amundsen. This represents the widest ever selection of expedition cruises, with more than 250 destinations offered worldwide, including the world’s widest selection of Antarctica voyages. Guests will kayak in pristine waters, hike through some of the world’s most undisturbed wilderness and spot wildlife such as whales, bears and eagles along the way.

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IMAGES: THE NEW MS ROALD AMUNDSEN | HURTIGRUTEN