SEABOURN To Build Its Largest Ultra-Luxury Ship

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The newbuild will be an enlarged version of the MV SEABOURN ODYSSEY, captured at Istanbul this past summer. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2013.

Fincantieri, a world leader in cruise ship construction, and Seabourn, the ultra-luxury brand of Carnival Corporation, the world’s leading cruise operator, have announced today the signing of a contract for the construction of an ultra-luxury ship. The order follows last October’s letter of intent between the two companies.

The ship, which is due to join the Seabourn fleet in the second half of 2016, will continue the fleet modernization that began in 2009.  It will be 25% larger but based upon the blueprint of Seabourn’s current ODYSSEY class trio, with an extra deck.

The as-yet-unnamed, all-suite vessel 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 to 604 guests, accommodated in 302 spacious suites, all with a private balcony.

Safety will be one of this ship’s major strong points. It will be built using the very latest technologies and will exceed the requirements of current international regulations. Fuel consumption will be significantly reduced by optimizing the ship’s hydrodynamics.

Richard D. Meadows, Seabourn’s President, stated, “The new ship will continue the evolution that began with Seabourn’s fleet expansion, adding modern design elements and innovations consistent with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance. With its delivery, the most highly rated cruise line in the world will also offer travelers the newest fleet of ships in the luxury segment”.

Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “An order from a new brand is always a source of great satisfaction. Today we can also add a note of pride, because the addition to our customer base of Seabourn, the Carnival Group’s top-end cruise line, means that we are now building ships for all the operators in the ultra-luxury segment, a niche market that has seen strong investments in the past year“. Bono continued, “This gratifying result, which gives us cause to be optimistic about the future, is the product of the cultural renewal being pursued with determination at every level of our business activity“.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego

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