September 20, 2006
Fincantieri to build ice-class cruise ship
Norway's OVDS has signed a Euros 68 million ($82 million) contract with Fincantieri of Italy.
It is for a 500 passenger ice-class cruise ship for delivery in April 2007, with an option for a sister ship to be delivered in 2008.
The ship will be cruising Greenland in summer, and will be sailing in OVDS's well known Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal express service in the winter.
The new ship will have a length, OA, of 110 meters, beam of 20 meters and 8 decks. When finished, the ship will have 140 passenger cabins of the highest standard, 348 berths and a total capacity of 500 passengers. The ship will have four refrigerated holds, a capacity for 200 pallets and a garage for twenty five vehicles.
Though the Hurtigruten service remains its core activity, OVDS also operates "Voyage of Discovery" cruises in Chile and Antarctica. It says the decision to invest in a ship designed for operations in polar waters with ice classification is an important part of its strategy of becoming the leading exploration cruise company.