Hybrid powered expedition cruise ship Roald Amundsen will be named in the autumn, as Hurtigruten announced the first ever ship naming ceremony in Antarctica.

Instead of the traditional bottle of champagne, Roald Amundsen’s explorer heritage will be honored by naming the vessel with a chunk of ice.

The naming ceremony will take place as the first world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship makes her maiden Antarctica voyage.

Hurtigruten’s hybrid-powered Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power, and she left Kleven yard for her maiden voyage off the coast of Norway in late June 2019.

Roald Amundsen features groundbreaking green technology. The hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship uses battery packs to support her low-emission engines and will reduce CO2 emissions with more than 20 per cent compared to other cruise ships of the same size.

MS Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship equipped with batteries, something deemed impossible just a few years back.

Built: 2019 Kleven Yards, Norway
Gross tonnage: 20.889
Dimensions: 140m x 23.6m x 5,3m
Guests: 530
Staterooms & suits: 265
Crew: 151
Cruising speed: 15 knots
Ice class: PC-6

On board facilities includes: A fully equipped Science Center, observation decks, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness center, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge, more than 50 % of cabins with private balconies.