Continuing our look at smaller ships and niche-markets:
The Norwegian company, Hurtigruten has now released some renderings of the public rooms and cabins on-board their forthcoming ‘Explorer’ ships.
Construction has begun of the first ship, named after the Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen. The ship will enter service in summer 2018.
A sister ship, Fridtjof Nansen (also named after a Norwegian polar explorer) follows in 2019.
The company has an option for two additional 20,000-ton, 600-passenger vessels.
The new ships are designed by Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with the Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino.
The interiors will mirror the exterior waters and landscapes. They will have infinity pools, hot tubs, and large observation platforms to spot wildlife
Six out of ten cabins will have their own balcony; two out of ten will be suites.
The vessels will have three restaurants with menus reflecting local flavours and destinations.
The cost of the ships is estimated at $220 million each. The vessels will be the first cruise ships in the world to utilise hybrid power using a battery system.
Malcolm says: The expedition cruise ship market is booming. There have been orders from a number of existing cruise lines and one new market entrant placed since last March 2016.
There are 12 orders which include Hurtigruten (2 ships + a possible 2 more), Oceanwide (1 ship), Hapag-Lloyd (2 ships), Ponant (4 ships), Crystal (3 ships) a new market entrant (1 ship).