Seabourn order confirmed at Fincantieri

21 Jan 2014
Another recent Seabourn delivery, 'Seabourn Quest', under construction in Genoa, Italy (library image)

Another recent Seabourn delivery, 'Seabourn Quest', under construction in Genoa, Italy (library image)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has announced that it has signed a contract with cruise operator Seabourn for what it describes as a new “ultra-luxury cruise ship”.

The order follows a letter of intent signed in October 2013 between Fincantieri and Seabourn, which is part of the Carnival group. According to Fincantieri, the ship, due to join the Seabourn fleet in the second half of 2016, will be built to high standards of comfort and technical refinement. It will be about 40,350gt, 210m long and 28m wide and will carry up to 604 passengers, in 302 suite cabins, each suite having its own balcony.

The yard says that safety will be one of the new ship's major features, and will be built using latest technology to standards in excess of the current legislation. It will cruise at 18.6 knots, and thanks to optimised hydrodynamic design, fuel consumption is expected to be significantly reduced.

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono, said: "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. 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".

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