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Kai Albrigtsen, captain, MS Roald Amundsen Kai Albrigtsen, captain, MS Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten Announced Captain of First Hybrid Expedition Ship

Hurtigruten, one of the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, has officially named Kai Albrigtsen as captain of MS Roald Amundsen, a ship that will embark on her maiden voyage this year.

On the bridge, Kai Albrigtsen will be the first captain of a hybrid cruise ship and brings 37 years of sailing experience to the forefront.

“It is a great honor and a big responsibility. Taking command over such a unique vessel is without a doubt the highlight of my career,” said Albrigtsen, a 54-year-old Norwegian.

Currently, MS Roald Amundsen is under construction in Norway’s Kleven Yard, alongside her sister ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen. The groundbreaking vessels, the industry’s first hybrid cruise ships, will be delivered in this year and in 2020, followed by a third hybrid expedition cruise ship in 2021, expanding Hurtigruten’s growing fleet.

With capacity for just 500 guests, and with Albrigtsen at the helm, MS Roald Amundsen will take guests to areas such as Antarctica, the Arctic, the Northwest Passage, and Alaska; remote areas that larger ships cannot reach, all while exploring with a minimal environmental footprint.

Throughout his career, Albrigtsen has held a number of unique positions onboard more than 10 Hurtigruten vessels. His first expedition to Antarctica was in 2003 and he quickly rose to the rank of captain in 2006.

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