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World’s first hybrid cruise ship makes an entrance in Portsmouth

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Expedition cruise line Hurtigruten made its debut visit to Portsmouth on Thursday 5th March, showcasing the brand-new MS Fridjtof Nansen, one of the world’s first battery powered hybrid cruise ships.

Named after Norwegian polar explorer, Fridtjof Nansen, this state-of-the-art ship arrived into iconic Portsmouth waters as part of a series of UK showcase sailings ahead of her inaugural sailing in April. Its custom design is built to explore the most remote and spectacular areas of the plant, from Antarctica to Greenland.

Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port’s director said: “We’re proud to welcome one of Hurtigruten’s game changing ships, as all eyes are on the hotly anticipated MS Fridtjof Nansen making its first appearance. This environmentally advanced cruise ship is leading the way for innovative green initiatives and complements our ambition to become one of the UK’s most sustainable ports.
We share Hurtigruten’s values to look at alternative ways to reduce our carbon footprint, while also providing an opportunity to explore some of the planet’s most diverse locations.
The arrival in Portsmouth is one of the first opportunities to see the brand-new vessel as she begins her inaugural sailings."

Anthony Daniels, UK GM for Hurtigruten said: “We are delighted to have been able to include Portsmouth International Port in our UK Showcase Sailings for the MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Sustainability is at the core of our operation and with the introduction of our second hybrid ship we hope to continue to set the benchmark in the cruise industry as leaders in sustainable cruising.”

MS Fridtjof Nansen will be making a series of visits to Portsmouth International Port as part of its pre-inaugural voyages, this includes calls on Sunday 8th and Tuesday 17th March.

Hurtigruten is famed for its signature Antarctica cruises and will be joining its sister ship, MS Roald Amundsen, for the 2020/21 polar exploration season.

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