Lloyd Werft to build cruise ship quintet

Newbuilds are "expedition-capable" Newbuilds are "expedition-capable"

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) has signed a letter of intent for three ocean-going cruise liners understood to be of around 120,000gt and two top-end inland cruise ships, writes Tom Todd.

 In one of the biggest orders in its recent history, the German yard will build what it describes as “extremely high-value” inland ships for a new Crystal Cruises inland market sector opening in 2017. The first of the three “unusual” Exclusive Class ocean-going ships will be for delivery in late 2018 to the same owner.

The Motorship understands that the hulls for the liners will be constructed at an unspecified European “partner yard”. LWB’s most recent newbuilding, last year’s 33,000gt pipe-layer Ceona Amazon, was built at Poland’s Crist Shipyard and towed to Bremerhaven.

Crystal Cruises said the new river ships would feature six-star service, spacious suites and elegant public areas but revealed no technical details.

The ocean-going ships will have Polar ice-class and be “expedition capable”. For just 1,000 passengers, their “guest to space ratio will be vast in comparison to past, current and under-construction luxury ships … ”, Crystal Cruises said. They will each boast 48 privately-owned top-deck ‘home’ suites. No further details were given.

In a short statement announcing the five orders Lloyd Werft officials noted the yard’s “extensive experience in building and converting luxury cruise ships” and said these were the foundations on which the new ships would be built.

Genting Hong Kong signed the letter of intent for the Crystal ships with Lloyd Werft. The group used to be Star Cruises, which has already favoured another German yard with orders for cruise ships of similar size. Under build at Meyer for the owner is the first of two 150,000gt ships for delivery in autumn 2016. The second follows in autumn 2017.

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