Sunday, 22 November 2015

New expedition ship being built in Croatia

#expeditioncruising

Update January 2016: it can now be revealed that the vessel is being built for Australian company, Scenic. [more]

ExpeditionCruising.com has learned that a new contract has been awarded to Croatian shipbuilder, Uljanik, for a 237-passenger, 10,000GT luxury cruise ship for delivery in 2018.

Based on those dimensions, the new ship would be the same general size as Ponant's current fleet the latest of which, Le Lyrial, was built by at Fincantieri's Ancona (Italy) shipyard.

Uljanik has not disclosed the identity of the purchaser, but new ships are also expected from Lindblad and Seabourn in 2018. [Stop Press: Lindblad reveals newbuilds]

Other designs fitting this broad category include:



STX France’s Project Ulysseas, a 145m, 200-passenger design revealed in March this year.



Knud E Hansen’s expedition ship design with 150 cabins and heavy-duty, ice-rated hull.



Sunstone Project Unlimited, first muted as far back as 2007 is a US design for a hi-tech ice class expedition ship.