Genting Hong Kong has begun to design a new series of Universal-class ships, which will be the company’s first LNG-powered vessels. The news was revealed at the keel laying of Dream Cruises’ second Global-class ship at MV Werften’s shipyard in Rostock.
“We are here for the keel laying of the second Global-class ship,” said Tan Sri KT Lim, chairman and CEO of Genting Hong Kong. “But more importantly, we are starting the design and building of the next series of ships, the Universal-class ships, the first of which is to be delivered by the end of 2022.”
The Universal-class vessels will be significantly smaller than the Global class, at just 88,000gt and with capacity for 2,000 guests. Genting will operate these ships for global hotel brands who are currently unable to enter the cruise industry.
“The major hospitality brands are uncompromising in the protection of their brand image and the Universal-class ships will be perfect for this purpose, as they carry the most trusted and respected ‘Made in Germany’ label,” said Peter Fetten, CEO of MV Werften. “They will be designed with the highest safety and environmental standards, including LNG propulsion.”