The Roald Amundsen was officially named today by polar pioneer and godmother Karin Strand in Chiriguano Bay on Brabant Island, Antarctica during a ceremony honoring the legacy of polar hero Roald Amundsen, according to a statement.
Replacing the traditional bottle of champagne with a chunk of ice, Strand revived a ritual invented by the ship’s famous namesake, smashing ice against the bow of the ship in celebration of the momentous occasion.
“We could not think of a better location than Antarctica to name MS Roald Amundsen,” said Daniel Skjeldam, chief executive officer of Hurtigruten. “I believe Roald Amundsen would be proud. With the ship carrying his name and legacy, Hurtigruten is redefining boundaries, challenging the industry, and continuing to push toward greener and more sustainable operations. As Roald Amundsen was the symbol of a new era of exploration, this ship is the symbol of a new era in the cruise industry.”
Added Strand: “I am truly honored to share in such a historical moment as this, with like-minded explorers and colleagues, all dedicated to navigating our oceans in a more sustainable way.”
Passengers from both the Roald Amundsen and Midnatsol watched the festivities from their ships and zodiacs.