MS Maud, previously MS Midnatsol, is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsens “Maud” from 1917. The ship is being refurbished with it being completed in 2021 in time for this voyage. The ship has been redesigned to make it ideal for expedition cruises with it equipped with advanced technology.
The ship’s design has been kept in line with the Scandinavian design that is associated with the classic Hurtigruten feel. MS Maud features natural Scandinavian materials like granite, oak, birch and wool, to create a relaxed and stylish atmosphere.
On board is the interactive Science Centre where can get involved with the learning tools and state of the art technology. You can see the work that the Hurtigruten team are doing to allow us to enjoy travel sustainably. For spectacular views, the outdoor Observation deck or the Explorer lounge and bar are the places you need to be.
Hurtigruten as a company focuses on sustainable travel and is the core of their business. They want to encourage us to the see the world without causing disruption to the wildlife and natural habitat of the areas. As a result, the company’s aim is to be completely emission free. As the first cruise line in the world, Hurtigruten is permanently introducing biodiesel as fuel on a number of ships – including MS Maud.
Biodiesel reduces (CO2) emissions with up to 80 % (compared to regular marine diesel). Hurtigruten’s environmentally certified biodiesel is produced from waste from industries such as fisheries and agriculture – which means no palm oil is used in the biofuel production and no negative effects on rainforests. Hurtigruten will use biodiesel in combination with other low-emission fuel. Single use plastic is also banned on all the Hurtigruten fleet. It is also equipped for shore power, completely eliminating emissions when docked in ports with shore power facilities.
Hurtigruten really does come into its own with its on-board Expedition team. Passionate and experienced about all things Expedition Cruising and seeing the places off the beaten track, the team host lectures, presentation programmes and activities on a regular basis.
Features at a glance:
- Expedition Team
- Three restaurants
- Explorer bar lounge
- Hot tubs
- Fitness room