The new hybrid-powered cruise ship from Hurtigruten, MS Roald Amundsen, completed its first sea trials at the weekend.

The Norwegian fjords acted as the testing ground for the vessel’s advanced, green technology.

MS Roald Amundsen

MS Roald Amundsen is custom built for some of the world’s most extreme waters and is undergoing final outfitting alongside sister ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, at the Kleven shipyard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

The advanced hybrid powered expedition cruise ships, capable of accommodating 530 passengers, feature as battery power packs and specially designed ice-strengthened hulls.

Three Hurtigruten hybrid powered expedition cruise are being built at a cost of $850 million to enter service in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

MS Roald Amundsen’s Maiden Season

After delivery this spring, MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, to Svalbard and Greenland, before traversing the Northwest Passage and heading south to Antarctica.

After the vessel’s return to the yard Monday morning Kleven CEO Olav Nakken said:

I am very pleased with the results of the sea trial. The Kleven employees, along with our sub-contractors, have done a great job leading up to the successful sea trial.