The Genting Hong Kong and its shipyard group, MV Werften are planning to build a new series of LNG-powered “Universal Class” cruise vessels, that would be able to host 2.000 passengers. The company goals to launch one of its new cruise ship until the beginning of 2022.
With the steel cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft, work has started on the next cruise ship for AIDA Cruises. Like the AIDAnova that was delivered at the end of 2018, this ship will be equipped with an environmentally friendly LNG propulsion system.
Norwegian shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced the imminent launch of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, expected in the morning hours of 17 August 2019. Once Norwegian Encore has left the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s out-fitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding.
Royal Caribbean announced that it started construction of its fifth Oasis Class cruise ship on April 24 with a steel cutting ceremony. The steel cutting marked the official start of construction, and took place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The, yet unnamed, Oasis-class ship is planned to be delivered to Royal Caribbean in 2021.
Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-fueled cruise ship of the Costa Cruises fleet, suffered a minor fire on the deck 15, while undergoing the final stage of construction at the Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku, Monday afternoon. There was stored equipment on fire, started by welding inside the ship.
Shipbuilder Meyer Turku informed that Costa Smeralda was floated out with traditional ceremonies at the Meyer Turku shipyard, on March 15. The float-out of Costa Smeralda, an LNG fueled 180 000 GT cruise ship, signals the start of the final stage of construction for the ship. The ceremony marks the outfitting phase in the ship’s construction. The ship will be ready for delivery for Costa Cruises in October 2019.
Shipyard De Hoop published a video depicting the launch of Celebrity Cruises’ new expedition cruise vessel ‘Celebrity Flora’. The ship was launched in Lobith-Tolkamer, the Netherlands and is set to make its first sailing on May 26, 2019. ‘Celebrity Flora’ will go to Rotterdam in a few weeks, in order to undergo the final works, which include the construction on the upper deck.
The world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation, announced the imminent launch of its cruise joint venture with China’s largest shipbuilder, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), under the name ‘CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited’. The new China-based cruise company plans to operate its own fleet to serve Chinese cruise passengers by the end of 2019.
German shipyard Meyer Werft informed that it will delay the delivery of AIDAnova, the world’s first LNG fueled cruise ship. Before this announcement, AIDA Cruises was planned to receive the cruise ship on November 15, in Bremerhaven. AIDA Cruises said that the vessel will start its maiden voyage as scheduled on December 2.
Royal Caribbean published a video, depicting ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ having its azipods installed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Each Azipod is 200 tons and takes 1.5 days to install. The azipods can provide ‘Spectrum of the Seas’ with 41 megawatts of propulsion power.
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