Genting Hong Kong has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, to build three polar ice class 100,000gt vessels for its new US-based brand Crystal River Cruises.
With the first is to be delivered in late-2018, the all-suite, all balcony ships will accommodate 1,000 passengers, are said to be the first expeditioncapable ships.
Each ship will have 48 residential suites, with private restaurant, reception and facilities on the top deck.
The Meyer Turku yard in Finland has signed a contract with TUI Cruises, a joint venture between the TUI Group, of Germany, and Royal Caribbean Cruises, of Miami, to build two cruise ships.
To be delivered in 2018 and 2019, they will replace TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 1, 76,998gt, and Mein Schiff 2, 77,302gt, which will be retained by TUI Group under its Thomson Cruises.
TUI Cruises has bought the Royal Caribbean Cruises ship Splendour of the Seas, 69,130gt, which will be transferred to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of next year, and later leased to Thomson Cruises.
The Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has won an order to build a new ultra-luxury cruise ship for Silversea Cruises. The 40,700gt ship, to be named Silver Muse, will have accommodation for 596 passengers and she is due to be delivered in April, 2017.