Ship design consultancy Knud E. Hansen (KEH) has redesigned its Arctic expedition cruise ship project, which was originally unveiled last year.
With the recent surge in eco-tourism and expedition travel, the cruise industry has ushered in a new type of consumer that represents a monumental shift from the stereotypical cruise passenger, KEH explained.
In autumn 2020, KEH showcased a design of an 144 m long Arctic expedition cruise vessel with a capacity for 300 pax and a range of 8,100 nautical miles.
The design was based around a dual-fuel propulsion plant with a large lithium-ion battery bank and twin podded propulsion.
KEH explained that this arrangement provides superior manoeuvrability and efficiency with the ability to produce zero emissions while moored in some of the world’s most environmentally sensitive and hard-to-reach destinations.
Last month, the company announced an expansion of this design by introducing a unique, interactive space on the vessel that seeks to bring nature inside the ship by offering passengers the opportunity to acquire a greater knowledge of their natural surroundings.
The space comprises two decks at the forward end of the vessel with the lower deck featuring a collection of artifacts and exhibits, multiple displays and informative touch screens, a library, as well as interactive equipment, including microscopes and a virtual reality experience.
There is also a wraparound bar on centreline and lounge areas with comfortable seating throughout the space.
Oversized porthole windows on both sides provide plenty of natural light while allowing passengers to enjoy the views.
Forward is a convertible lecture hall with a stage and removeable partitions to allow for integration with the exhibition space.
Between the two decks is an opening and stairwell on either side that creates a large atrium, providing a bright, spacious feel typically found only on larger vessels.
The upper deck includes a smaller bar, science exhibits, lounge seating, as well as full height, wraparound windows on the side and forward end of the superstructure, which allow for panoramic views.
The space is outfitted with a décor that includes sustainable, natural wood finishes, adjustable LED lighting, and dimmable smart windows for optimal energy conservation.
This design was developed entirely in-house, by KEH’s naval architects, marine engineers and designers, the company said.
The enhanced design will be of 155.4 m in length, 17.4 m beam with a moulded draft of 6.5 m. The speed at 6.2 m draft will be around 12 knots.