Virgin Voyages have made final agreement with Fincantieri worth 2 billion Euros for the construction of three ships due to enter service in 2020, 2021 and 2022 in a statement released from the Italian shipyard.
The three ships will be 110,000grt and will be 278 meters long will accomodate 2700 passengers.
The ships will be constructed at the Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa.
The full statement read:
“Ship construction contracts valued at approximately 2 billion euros between Fincantieri and Virgin Voyages (part of Virgin Group of companies) for three new cruise ships have been finalized and are now effective. The three units will be built at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa) with delivery scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively. Each ship will weigh about 110,000 gross tons, be 278 meters long and 38 wide. The ships will feature over 1,400 guest cabins that can host more than 2,800 passengers, accompanied by 1,100 crew members on board to deliver the famed Virgin service. These ships will stand out for original design and craftsmanship. They will include some highly innovative ideas and design solutions, notably for energy recovery, reducing the overall environmental impact. For example, they will be equipped with an energy production system of approximately 1 MW, which uses the diesel engine’s waste heat. The result is, therefore, a project which distinguishes Virgin Voyages in the worldwide cruise scenery.”
“It should be a departure from the ordinary getaway,” was what Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages told the media in October when details were announced for the new ships. The first ship will be based out of Miami with details of where the other two ships will be homeported still to be announced.
These new ships will add an exciting new dimension to cruising and will be different to what other cruise lines offer. Details of the ships and design renderings have so far been kept away from the public eye to stop other cruise lines seeing the details in a move which Richard Branson has described as “It’s incredibly exciting. It’s under lock and key”
Construction for the first ship will begin in early 2017 with the steel cutting and keel laying ceremony later in 2017 with anticipated service entry in 2020.
Source: Statement: Fincantieri