A New Look For Ships Bows

NCL Leonado (Courtesy NCL)

Ship fans will have noticed that many of the new cruise ships that are entering service or are on the drawing board, have a very different looking bow.

The vertical bow which was commonplace a century ago, has made a comeback.

AIDA Cruises’ AIDAprima, which entered service in in April 2016, was one of the first new cruise ships that I saw with a vertical bow.

AIDAprima (Courtesy AIDA)

The new vertical bow is said to be more efficient and often provides better sea-keeping abilities that the traditional flared bow.

Celebrity Edge (Courtesy Celebrity)

The vertical bow also said to cause less stress and strain on the vessel as she slices through heavy seas instead of trying to part them as the flared bow does.

Expedition ships (Courtesy Hurtigruten)

However others say that the absence of the flare on the bow can make the forward decks get very wet.

I’m no maritime architect, but personally I really like the look of the new (old) bow.



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7 Responses to “A New Look For Ships Bows”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Very funny Pozdeevvo and TRUE!

  2. pozdeevvo Says:

    They look like an iron, ironed by my grandmother.

  3. Jo Walker Says:

    That’s awful, John… is it finance only, or a bit of fashion as well?

  4. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Thanks for the input John. I’m nor naval architect, but it seems odd to me that this bow design was superseded decades ago and has now made a comeback.

  5. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi Jo, it’s funny how this bow design used to be considered ‘efficient’ by the boffins, then it fell out of favour and now it’s back. It sounds more like ‘fashion’ than ‘science’, but I’m sure they have there reasons which I probably would not understand!;-)

  6. John Spooner Says:

    As a retired professional mariner of over 40 years experience – I have seen what the oceans can throw up in the way of large waves.
    These types of bows first appeared on ferries in the Inland Sea in Japan. This is a far cry from ocean swells. These bows will plow into even moderate swells & take greenies on deck with all the damage that can then be caused.
    I will NOT sail on one of these vessels designed by naval architects who have NO concept of the oceans.
    They are no doubt cheaper to build!

  7. Jo Walker Says:

    If it’s a design with safer sailing in mind, then fine, go ahead! I’m sure the marine architects understand more about how a ship ploughs through the ocean than I have…. :)

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