Hurtigruten has just announced the decision to push back the arrival date of its new expedition ship Roald Amundsen.
The ship was intended to debut in July 2018 however is now scheduled to launch in May 2019.
The cruise line has stated that the delay was the fault of the Kleven shipyard: “Kleven yard, where the highly advance vessel is currently under construction, has informed us that due to the complexity of the project, they will need more time to complete the vessel and will not be able to deliver her on schedule.”
All sailings between July 2018 and May 2019 have been cancelled and all affected passengers have been notified via letter from Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
The brand is offering all passengers affected a full refund, including flight cancellation costs aswell as a number of discounts on alternative Hurtigruten expedition sailings.
Roald Amundsen has been designed by Rolls-Royce and named after one of the most influential Norwegian polar pioneers.
“It is exactly 105 years since Roald Amundsen became the first person in the world to plant his flag on the South Pole. What could be more natural and appropriate than to name our new ships after these inspiring trailblazers,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
The vessel touched water for the first time in February 2018 before entering its final stage of construction as one of the first two new hybrid-powered expedition ships.
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