Hurtiguruten will baptize its new ship ‘MS Roald Amundsen’ this fall, which will become the first ship to celebrate this ceremony in Antarctica.
The event will be held during the inaugural voyage of this new ship and, instead of the traditional bottle of champagne, the memory of the explorer Roald Amundsen will be honored by throwing the ship with a piece of ice.
The baptism will be a tribute to Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to cross the northwest passage, the first expedition to the South Pole and the first expedition in which it was shown that he had reached the North Pole.
The ritual for this new ship will be the same one that Amundsen used in 1917 with the expedition ship ‘Maud’. With more than 125 years of polar experience, Hurtigruten will use the first ship baptism ceremony in Antarctica to pay tribute to the oceans, the environment and explorers.