In order to meet increased international demand in adventure travel, Hurtigruten has signed a letter of intent to build up to four new expedition ships, two of which are firmly ordered, from the Norwegian shipyard Kleven. In a bold move that matches the rendering above, the vessels will be designed by Rolls-Royce, in conjunction with Norwegian ship designer Espen Oino. The ships are planned for delivery in summer 2018 and summer 2019.
The approximately 600-guest, environmentally-friendly vessels will be customized for the Arctic, Antarctic and Norwegian coastline with ice-strengthened hulls, and they will cater to a market the line says is worth $263 billion and has grown 195 percent in over two years. It is the biggest investment the line has ever made in its more than 120-year history.
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