The brand-new ROALD AMUNDSEN is undoubtedly one of those new cruise ships which will be considered controversial by some, when it comes to its exterior design. Nonetheless was I convinced the seconds after I saw the first renderings of the new Hurtigruten ships several years ago; that this very bold futurist design from Rolls-Royce Marine was remarkable.

This morning I saw ROALD AMUNDSEN in real life for the first time, as she did her last Norwegian call in Florø on the premiere cruise, which ends in Hamburg Thursday.

As with music, movies and paintings, all good stuff tends to resist by the first encounter. And I think ROALD AMUNDSEN did exactly that this morning. She is The Ugly Duckling, which in design terms means that she has the potential to become a modern classic!


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