World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts From an environmental perspective, it’s easy to see how cruise ships have long been one of the harshest modes of travel. They’re big, slow, fuel-hungry, and rife with excess. However, forward-thinking cruise line Hurtigruten is looking to change the game with the launch of what they’re calling “the world’s greenest cruise ship.”In 2018, the MS Roald Amundsen — named for legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen — will set sail for the world’s southernmost reaches. The ship’s first itinerary will head to Patagonia, the fjords of Chile, and the Falkland Islands before pushing onward to the Polar Circle and, finally, Antarctica. While the itinerary alone is worthy of the company’s hardcore nature exploration ethos, it’s what’s under the eco-friendly cruise ship’s hull that’s truly noteworthy. The long list of state-of-the-art marine technology will include a best-in-class hybrid engine that is powered by electricity and designed to be the world’s most environmentally conscious by substantially reducing fossil fuel consumption.The MS Roald Amundsen is part of an initiative to prove to the world that hybrid propulsion is not only possible, but it is the future of sustainable cruise travel. The vessel will be the first of two hybrid ships added to Hurtigruten’s fleet in the coming years. The technology on both ships will also feature a cutting-edge hull construction and better use of onboard electrical systems to cut CO2 emissions by as much as 20 percent. Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise Beyond the high-tech engineering, the ship is sleek, comfortable, and thoroughly modern on the inside. A two-story indoor/outdoor observation deck wraps around the bow of the ship to offer panoramic views. As the ship will be part luxury cruiseliner and part research station, it will also include installations designed to educate passengers about their destinations. A science center behind the observation deck will be outfitted with touchscreens and other interactive tech with access to a wealth of information about the wildlife and terrain outside. Every cabin offers a window, while half boast private balconies. Suites even upgrade to private jacuzzis. The ship also features plenty of creature comforts including a pool deck, a sauna, a gym, three restaurants, and a bar.For passengers, cruising on a hybrid ship is not just a social statement. The technology promises a better all-around experience onboard as it allows the ships to sail silently. This is a substantial breakthrough for polar exploration vessels as it provides for unprecedented, up-close access to marine wildlife. Reservations have yet to open, but the Amundsen’s itineraries will be bookable via the Hurtigruten website in 2018. Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan wanted for armed robberies found deadSeptember 30, 2017In “Crime”Woman robbed of valuables by armed bicycle banditsFebruary 13, 2018In “Crime”19 – Y – O remanded on armed robbery chargeDecember 10, 2014In “Crime” Three women were on Sunday last robbed by an armed bandit of a quantity of cash and valuables in the vicinity of La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.Based on information received, the incident occurred at around 19:20hrs on the evening in question.The victims have been identified as 36-year-old Devika Williams of Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara, her 28-year-old sister, Rebecca Petamber of La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown and their 53-year-old mother, Nerisha Sukhu of the same address.This publication was informed that Williams operates a grocery shop at La Penitence street, Albouystown, where her mother and sister reside.On Sunday last, Williams had just closed the front of the shop and was about to close the back, when an unmasked male, brandishing a gun, reportedly pushed the gate and entered the yard.The man pointed his handgun at Williams and ordered her to kneel down in the yard, behind the shop.The frightened woman immediately complied.The bandit proceed into the lower flat of the building, through the eastern door which was open.He then held Petamber and her mother at gunpoint while escorting them outside and commanding them to kneel alongside Williams.The suspect then went into the shop and allegedly took out $80,000 in cash and a quantity of phone cards from a jar, then went back into the lower flat and stole $180,000 in cash and a gold band valued at $40,000, belonging to Sukhu.He further ransacked the building before stealing Petamber’s Samsung mobile phone valued at $140,000.The perpetrator ordered the three women to lie on the ground and not to move, as he proceeded to flee the scene.No shots were fired.Police are presently reviewing CCTV footage of the area as investigations are ongoing.