The newly revealed space comprises of two decks at the forward end of the ship
Naval architecture and design firm Knud E. Hansen has expanded on its arctic expedition cruise ship design with the introduction of an interactive space on the vessel.
The space comprises of two decks at the forward end of the vessel, with the lower deck featuring a collection of artifacts and exhibits, multiple displays and touchscreens, a library and a virtual reality experience. There is also a wraparound bar in the centre of the area, while seating is available throughout. A convertible lecture hall with a stage and removeable partitions allows for integration with the exhibition space.
Between the two decks is a large opening with a stairwell on either side that creates an atrium. The upper deck includes a smaller bar, science exhibits and lounge seating as well as full height, wraparound windows on the side and forward end of the superstructure. The space is outfitted with a modern décor that includes natural wood finishes, adjustable LED lighting, and dimmable smart windows for improved energy conservation.
The overall design of the 144-metre-long expedition ship was originally revealed by Knud E. Hansen in 2020. It includes capacity for 300 passengers and would have a range of 8,100 nautical miles, powered by a dual-fuel propulsion plant with a large lithium-ion battery bank and twin-podded propulsion.
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