Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2023

116 Photo: MSC Euribia CRUISE ORDER BOOK Swan Hellenic’s third and largest ship, SH Diana, is scheduled to be delivered by Helsinki Shipyard in early 2023. To be operated by a crew of 140, SH Diana will accommodate up to 192 guests in 96 staterooms and suites. Building on the design of its predecessors SH Minerva and SH Vega, the ship will feature a new multifunctional room next to the Observation Lounge, a private dining room for special occasions and two tenders as an alternative to Zodiacs for expedition landings. Like its sister ships, SH Diana will use a diesel-electric hybridready propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction and will feature a Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened hull. Oceania Cruises’ Vista will be a significant new addition to the cruise line’s fleet when it begins sailing in May, introducing a range of new onboard spaces for the brand. For example, the Grand Staircase will feature a floor-toceiling pillar of crystal at its centre, while the reimagined Martinis bar will offer gathering spaces surrounded by walls of glass and custom sculptural lighting. The Grand Lounge will allow guests to enjoy dinner inside alcoves decorated with a gold-infused colour palette and sculptural lighting, whereas the Horizons lounge will feature floor-to-ceiling windows that provide 180-degree views of the ocean. The ship will also have four new restaurants, along with a Library and Owner’s Suites styled in furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home. “Ten years have passed since we delivered Riviera to our friends at Oceania Cruises, from the same Sestri shipyard,” said Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of the merchant ships division at Fincantieri, which is building the vessel. “I am sure that Vista will give life to a new class of ships that will stand out for its refinement and technological advances.” MSC Group’s cruise division will welcome a new ship to its MSC Cruises brand in June 2023, MSC Euribia. The ship is currently under construction at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and will be the brand’s second LNG-powered vessel. Using this fuel will reduce the ship’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20 per cent. MSC Euribia will offer 10 dining venues, including the new Indochine restaurant, and 21 bars, as well as an enhanced MSC Yacht Club with a panoramic lounge, gourmet restaurant and private pool. It will also feature hull artwork created by German artist Alex Flaemig, who won an international competition with a design representing the underwater ecosystem. “Just as the ancient goddess harnessed the winds, weather and constellations to master the seas, our vision is for MSC Euribia to master the deployment of sustainable technologies to protect and preserve our precious marine ecosystem,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Group’s cruise division. “ Our vision is for MSC Euribia to master the deployment of sustainable technologies” Pierfrancesco Vago MSC Cruises MSC Euribia will be the second LNG-powered ship to join MSC Cruises’ fleet