Damen Shipyards Group has booked its first newbuilding order from the cruise sector. It comes from Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad’s SeaDream Yacht Club and covers the construction of a 155 m mega yacht that will be built at the Damen Mangalia shipyard in Romania.
To be named the SeaDream Innovation, the ship will have only 110 ocean-view suites and will have a one-to-one guest to crew ratio. It will operate on luxury voyages world wide and will be built to ice class Polar 6.
The mega yacht will be completely constructed and outfitted, including the interior, at the Mangalia shipyard by Damen, working in partnership with leading suppliers to the cruise industry. Construction will start in October this year, with a scheduled delivery date of September 2021.
“We are delighted to sign this historic contract with which the Damen Shipyards Group enters the cruise market,” said SVP Sales and Marketing Damen Cruise, Andrea Trevisan. “We feel very honored that SeaDream has chosen Damen to deliver this special project and are looking forward to a long-term cooperation with this unique ultra-luxury brand.
”There has been an immediate connection with Seadream, a family company like Damen. We felt inspired by the company’s philosophy and by Mr. Atle Brynestad, a pioneer in the luxury cruise industry,” Trevisan continued. “His passion throughout the design and contractual stage of this project has been simply contagious to all of us within the Damen organization.”
The mega yacht, a purpose-built ship, will be prepared to operate in destinations, including polar and tropical, around the world. As such, the vessel will boast ice class Polar Code 6 credentials.“
“We were drawn to Damen Shipyards for their excellent reputation and proven track record as innovators in the shipbuilding industry,” said Brynestad, who is Owner, Chairman and CEO of SeaDream. “Damen Shipyards understood our vision from the very beginning, making them a natural fit for this venture. We are looking forward to working closely with the Damen team to bring this dream to reality.”
“This project has been a dream of mine for many years,” he added. “It has been a true labor of love to meticulously design every aspect of this yacht, from the interiors and facilities to the itineraries.”