Our Portsmouth-based cruise support team at Southern Maritime Services (SMS) are supporting three calls in Portsmouth this month by the newest ship in the fleet of Norwegian adventure cruise line Hurtigruten.

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship.

She will be carrying out three showcase cruises around the UK this month with calls in Portsmouth, including embarking passengers on her final visit before sailing for London.

On her initial visit, SMS provided rope handling support, marshalling and stories loading as MS Fridtjof Nansen made a day call. The biggest task will come on the final call in Portsmouth when SMS will provide baggage handling for some 400 embarking passengers.

SMS Cruise Manager Paulo Oliveira explained: “MS Fridtjof Nansen has ensured an exciting start to the 2020 cruise season in Portsmouth and created a huge amount of interest. Her eco-friendly, innovative features, along with the specialist itineraries that she undertakes, set her apart and we are delighted to support this series of milestone visits.”

Featuring Hurtigruten’s revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe, including Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska and South America.

Built in Norway, MS Fridtjof Nansen has capacity for some 500 passengers and is equipped with her own science centre, where guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas the ship explores.