After a series of construction delays, MS Roald Amundsen, the newest ship from Oslo-based Hurtigruten — known mostly for its sturdy fleet of purpose-built vessels that ply the waters of coastal Norway — has added some high gloss and polish to expedition cruising. With plans to navigate into a range of adventurous territories in 2020 (namely, Antarctica, South America, Alaska ,and the Northwest Passage), this 530-passenger vessel offers all the comforts and amenities of a luxury-class small ship, including three beautifully designed restaurants and an inviting deck with an infinity pool with two hot tubs. Yet these amenities come with the added benefit of expedition-class construction and ice-class rating that enables it to cruise into places other small ships can’t access. Better still, thanks to its first-of-its-kind hybrid electric-powered engine system, the ship's fuel consumption and carbon emissions have been reduced by 20%. As with most expedition cruising, fares aren’t exactly cheap (a seven-night Alaska sailing costs more than $4,600 per person ), but most passengers consider one of these journeys an investment in education about some of the world’s most fascinating natural wonders.