The vessels are designed to accommodate up to 200 passengers on both tropical and polar cruises (Image: Wärtsilä)
Technology group Wärtsilä has developed a customised design for up to six luxury expedition cruise vessels, after receiving an order from Amundsen Expeditions. The ships will be capable of carrying 200 passengers on tropical and polar cruises and will be aimed primarily at the Chinese market.
“The ships are designed to operate efficiently in both tropical and polar waters,” said Markku Miinala, general manager of ship design sales at Wärtsilä Marine. “Because of the harsh environment and often remote location of the cruise destinations, special attention has been given to ensuring the ships’ operational reliability.”
The vessels are designed to be fitted with several Wärtsilä solutions, including Wärtsilä 32 engines, selective catalytic reduction systems, electric propulsion and the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge system for navigation and communication. This supply package is likely to be supported by a 10-year maintenance agreement.
“We have great respect for Wärtsilä’s experience and broad portfolio of high-quality solutions,” said Rajko Zupan of Amundsen Expeditions. “This is important to us as these cruise ships are highly complex and require advanced design expertise. The cruise ships will feature all outside guest cabins, presidential suites, winter gardens and the latest environmental equipment. We appreciate Wärtsilä’s ongoing support in this project.”
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