Fridtjof Nansen is a sister ship of Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery hybrid powered cruise ship.
The call comes ahead of next year’s official launch of Dover’s new venture with Hurtigruten.
For the first time in its 127-year history, Hurtigruten will offer winter sailings from Dover, with the port becoming the UK homeport for Maud (ex Trollfjord) for 13 turnaround calls in her 2021/2022 Norway Expedition programme. As earlier reported, Trollfjord will be renamed Maud after a complete refit before being deployed on expedition cruises.
Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Hurtigruten here today and host such an extraordinary cruise ship ahead of her inaugural voyage. With their environmentally friendly and sustainable approach, Hurtigruten represent everything that Port of Dover Cruise champions.’
Anthony Daniels, UK General Manager for Hurtigruten said: ‘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.’
Hurtigruten’s Norway Expeditions from Dover will commence in October 2021 and be available through to March 2022.