Cruise Ship Order Book: Bigger, Safer, Smarter



Environmental performance is the focus of several of the largest new cruise ships. MSC Cruises’ new flagship MSC Seashore, which was delivered in July 2021, is the company’s first “Evo” ship, the second newbuild to enter service in 2021 and the third of four in the Seaside class. The ship features advanced innovative environmental technology and has one of the highest quotas of. Outside area per guest of any ship in the MSC Cruises fleet.

Trevor Young, Vice President of Newbuilding at MSC Cruises, told CFR, “MSC Seashore is an evolution of the Seaside prototype, with 65 percent of the public areas being redesigned. We designed brand new venues, optimized other parts of the ship and worked on different rooms to create new experiences for our guests. ”

Despite delays in the delivery pipeline due to Covid-19, new ships for Carnival Corporation brands arriving this year are boosting the eco-profile. The LNG-powered AIDAcosma (sister ship of the cruise pioneer AIDAnova) from AIDA Cruises was put into service in the spring. The highlights of the 20-deck ship include a boulder wall, a large pool area with water slides, an indoor playground and a running track, as well as an infinity pool and a sauna with sea views.

Costa Cruises’ Costa Toscana is scheduled to set sail at the end of 2021. The sister ship of the Costa Smeralda, the Toscana, is operated with LNG both in port and at sea. The 185,010 GRT ship has first-class sports facilities and, with a length of 337 meters and a capacity for over 6,554 passengers, will be one of the largest cruise ships in the world.

Princess Cruises’ Discovery Princess, built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard, will be delivered in spring 2022. The sixth and last ship of the Royal class and the third ship of the Medallion class will offer a 270-degree view from the largest balconies at sea.

Speaking to CFR, Mario Siebaldi, Senior Vice President of Guest Experience and Product Development at Princess Cruises said, “Italian craftsmanship, from ship design to creating unique experiences, is a legacy on every Princess ship. Sabatini’s Italian trattoria on Discovery Princess reflects this with The Pasta Room, where guests can watch the artisan making of pasta. Authentic Italian flavors, wines, cocktails and desserts round off this modern trattoria experience. ”

In the smaller luxury ship segment, the Silver Dawn from Silversea Cruises is the tenth ship in the fleet and the third in the Muse series, the fourth ship that Fincantieri is building for the company. Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises, said, “Our long-term partnership with Fincantieri continues to push the boundaries of the ultra-luxury cruise industry while the continued support and expertise of the Royal Caribbean Group is invaluable in building the ship was.”

Several groundbreaking expedition ships are slated to enter service in the coming months. The China-built Sylvia Earle from SunStone Ships is her second ship in the Infinity class. Like its sister, the ship is built to Ice Class 1A and Polar Code 6 standards and features Ulstein Design & Solutions X-Bow technology, Safe Return to Port (SRtP) systems, dynamic positioning and zero speed stabilizers. Niels-Erik Lund, CEO of SunStone, said: “We are very satisfied with the quality and high construction standards of China Merchants Heavy Industry, which are completely on par with European shipyards. We look forward to continuing our relationships with all of our partners in the Infinity-Class project and, despite the Covid-19 world crisis, we are making progress as planned with a very satisfactory level of speed, safety and quality. ”

Swan Hellenic’s first bespoke expedition cruise ship, Minerva, is one of three ships to be delivered by the Finnish shipyard Helsinki in October 2021 and is fully SRtP certified. The hygiene technology on board includes an air conditioning system with highly efficient particle absorption filters and UV disinfection systems.

Esko Karvonen, Helsinki Shipyard CEO said, “Minerva is a next generation expedition ship and we are very proud of our contribution to all that it represents. The construction of their ice-reinforced hull, for example, benefits from the solid experience of Helsinki Shipyard in building ice-class ships. ”

Andrea Zito, CEO of Swan Hellenic, said: “We are delighted with the quality of Helsinki’s work. It’s wonderful to see how our vision has been implemented so well. We know that the guests will be delighted from the very first moment, but even more once they have familiarized themselves with the unique lifestyle experience. ”

The polar cruise ship Janssonius from Oceanwide Expeditions, built in Brodosplit, Croatia, is 108.6 meters long, 17.6 meters wide and will reach a speed of 15 knots thanks to two main engines with a total output of 4,260 kilowatts. Tomislav Debeljak, CEO of Brodosplit, said: “We built this ship during the pandemic … we made it thanks to the responsibility, knowledge and diligence of our employees, but also because we fought courageously, intelligently and effectively against the coronavirus and.” Have made Brodosplit one of the safest workplaces “as well as protecting the health of our employees and their families.”

National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions’ second new Polar build, National Geographic Resolution, was built at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway and is National Geographic Endurance’s sister ship, which was delivered in 2020. A fully stabilized Polar Class 5 Category A ship, the ship incorporates the Ulstein X-Bow design which aims to create a smoother and quieter sailing experience in all conditions. In rough seas, the X-Bow offers a wave-slicing action that also reduces the spray on deck and, thanks to its shape, enables superior observation with a closer look at the hull. The Polar Class 5 ice class will allow Lindblad to begin its polar routes up to two weeks before many other expedition cruise companies.

Seabourn’s first purpose-built expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, was built for the opening season in the winter of 2022 at T. Mariotti Shipyard. Josh Leibowitz, President of Seabourn, said, “I’m very proud of everyone who built Seabourn Venture and thank our teams for helping us make this point under the circumstances of last year.”

A sister ship is due to be launched later in 2022. Both ships are designed and built to Polar Class 6 standards. In addition to the line’s usual Zodiacs and kayaks, you will also be carrying custom-made submarines.

Viking Ocean’s Viking Octantis will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Vard and will be delivered in early 2022. As the company’s first expedition ship, it will follow routes in Antarctica and the Great Lakes of North America. A twin ship, Viking Polaris, will be delivered for cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic in the summer of 2022. The design highlights include straight bugs, longer ice-reinforced hulls of the Polar Class and fin stabilizers. U-tank stabilizers reduce rolling when ships are standing by up to 50 percent.

“In cooperation with Fincantieri, we have built the most beautiful ocean-going ships in the world over the past eight years. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Fincantieri’s Vard and celebrating this important milestone in the construction of our first expedition ship, ”said Torstein Hagen, CEO of Viking.

This article was first published in the Fall / Winter issue of Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of going to press, but may have changed in the meantime.

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