Equipped with battery packs and other green technology, the ship will operate year-round expeditions along the Norwegian coast from 2021 on yet to be disclosed itineraries. The battery packs will support the ships engines, drastically cutting emissions. MS Maud will also be equipped for shore power meaning when docked in ports with shore power facilities emissions will be cut to zero.
The transformation will introduce several new features and venues. All public areas will be redesigned using natural Scandinavian materials, a specially designed Expedition Launch will be added, cabins and suites will be completely refurbished, a brand new wellness-area will be built and Hurtigruten’s signature Science Centre will be added.
Three brand new restaurants will be added. The main restaurant will be transformed to Restaurant Aune, Hurtigruten’s new expedition cruise concept. Aune will be social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner based on Scandinavian identity.
Restaurant Lindstrøm, a speciality restaurant named after the favourite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes, will be added. Lindstrøm will be an upper premium fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking that are contrasted with modern cuisine.
The informal eatery Fredheim is named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard that sheltered adventurers from around the world. In addition, a new outdoor grill venue will be added outdoor on the top decks.
MS Maud is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsens “Maud” from 1917. The original “Maud” got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway, who also had her namesake in Hurtigruten’s 1925 flagship DS Dronning Maud (“DS Queen Maud.”)
“For centuries, humans have moved boundaries and explored some of the most spectacular areas and waters of our planet. As the world’s largest expedition cruise company, we are closely connected to the great explorers and polar heroes. With names inspired by their incredible achievements, we honour their legacy.” – Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten