Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri is going to build a second ultra-luxury ship for Seattle-based cruise line Seabourn Cruise Line.
Namely, Seabourn has exercised option for the second vessel, which will be a sister ship to the newbuild announced earlier this year, scheduled for delivery in late 2016.
The most recent newbuild is scheduled to join the company’s fleet in spring 2018.
Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “When dealing with such important investments, exercising an option should never be taken for granted. We are very glad that Seabourn decided to “double” its trust in us, especially considering that our partnership is very young and getting stronger quickly. I believe that this clearly demonstrates that new clients as well as old, such as Seabourn’s parent company Carnival Corporation, and the market as a whole, consider Fincantieri as the world leader in the cutting-edge cruise shipbuilding sector including the ultra-luxury segment where our partner for this project operates”.
The all-suite ship will be approximately 40,350 gross tons, 210 metres long and 28 metres wide and will be able to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots.
It will carry up just 604 guests, accommodated in 302 suites, all with a private balcony.
According to Fincantieri, one of the ship’s major strong points will be safety and environmental-friendliness as the vessel will integrate technological solutions that will enable it to exceed the requirements of the relevant regulations. In addition, fuel consumption will be significantly reduced also by optimizing the ship’s hydrodynamics.
Richard D. Meadows, Seabourn’s President said: “These two new ships will offer the understated elegance we are known for, as well as new amenities, innovations and modern design features that embody the hallmarks of Seabourn.”