TUI Group will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The 5-star expedition ships are scheduled for launch in April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction. Both will carry the highest Polar Class designation. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.
The two vessels will be built at the Norwegian Vard shipyard of Vard Holdings Limited, a shareholding of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. The hulls are to be constructed at Vard Tulcea, Romania with final delivery from Vard at Langsten, Norway. Both ships will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technology. With PC6, the highest Polar Class designation for passenger ships, they will be able to cruise not only in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica but also in warm water destinations such as the Amazon. On-board Zodiacs will allow landings in otherwise inaccessible expedition areas. The ships will each feature a water sports marina.
One new-build will serve the German-speaking cruise markets (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), while the other will serve German-speaking markets and in addition Belgium, the UK, Netherlands and the US.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.