Marybeth Bond joined a group of international travel journalists to cruise and cover a new chapter in maritime history: The North American launch of the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship.
Did you know that the daily emissions from one single “mega cruise ship” can, according to NGOs, be equivalent to one million cars? There are more than 300 cruise ships in the world, many of them running on cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO). A mega ship is defined as a vessel that can carry thousands of passengers in a single trip.
Here’s the good news. The MS Roald Amundsen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Roald_Amundsen is the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, equipped with large battery packs and groundbreaking green technology. The hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20% when compared to other ships of the same size. The 530-passenger MS Roald Amundsen uses large battery packs to support her low-emission engines. Hurtigruten cruises explore the polar regions of the planet from Antarctica to Greenland and Alaska to the Northwest Passage.
Check out the Cruise Report Card. It doesn’t include small expedition cruises lines.