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Seabourn Cruises exercises option at Fincantieri

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Newbuild will be based on the Seabourn Odyssey (above) but will have an extra deck

DECEMBER 1, 2014 — Carnival Corporation’s Seabourn Cruises has exercised an option with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri covering construction of a sister cruise ship to the newbuild announced earlier this year, scheduled for delivery in late 2016. The second ship is slated for delivery from the shipyard in spring 2018.

These 40,350 grt ships will continue the fleet modernization that began in 2009 and are based on the popular Seabourn Odyssey-class ships, with one additional deck and new expanded public areas.

The all-suite ship will measure 210 m long and 28 m wide and will be able to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots. It will carry up just 604 guests, accommodated in 302 spacious suites, each with a private balcony.

Fuel consumption will be significantly reduced by optimizing the ship’s hydrodynamics.

“There has been an incredible amount of excitement and interest since we announced the order for the first ship, and we’re very pleased that the demand for our brand has allowed us to add a second new ultra-luxury ship to our expanding fleet”, said Richard D. Meadows, Seabourn’s President. “These two new ships will offer the understated elegance we are known for, as well as new amenities, innovations and modern design features that embody the hallmarks of Seabourn.”

Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer, stated: “When dealing with such important investments, exercising an option should never be taken for granted. We are very glad that Seabourn decided to ‘double’ its trust in us, especially considering that our partnership is very young and getting stronger quickly. I believe that this clearly demonstrates that new clients as well as old, such as Seabourn’s parent company Carnival Corporation, and the market as a whole, consider Fincantieri as the world leader in the cutting-edge cruise shipbuilding sector including the ultra-luxury segment where our partner for this project operates.”

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