When Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen embarks on her maiden voyage in 2019, it is not only the ship herself that will make history.
On the bridge, Kai Albrigtsen will be the first captain of a hybrid powered cruise ship.
“It is a great honour and a big responsibility.
“Taking command over such a unique vessel is without a doubt the highlight of my career,” the 54-year-old Norwegian said.
MS Roald Amundsen is currently under construction on Norway’s Kleven yard, alongside with her sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen.
The ground-breaking ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2020 – and followed by a third hybrid powered expedition cruise ship in 2021.
With a maximum of just 500 guests, MS Roald Amundsen with Captain Kai at the helm, will take guests exploring areas such as Antarctica, the Arctic, Northwest passage and Alaska.
“The latest technology is offering many opportunities.
“Hurtigruten is setting a new standard for the whole cruise industry.
“I am really proud to be a part of Hurtigruten’s unparalleled sustainable operations.
“With the introduction of MS Roald Amundsen, we show the world what’s possible,” Albrigtsen added.
Throughout his career, Albrigtsen has a unique experience from a number of different positions on board more than ten Hurtigruten vessels.
His first expedition to Antarctica was in 2003, rose to the rank of captain in 2006.