Vigo-based shipyard Metalships is currently fitting out the new sailing cruise vessel, ‘Sea Cloud Spirit’ out of the hull of the former construction project known as ‘Sea Cloud Hussar’.
The vessel was originally due to be delivered in 2010, but owing to the bankruptcy of the newbuilding yard and several attempts at re-financing, the hull had not been touched for several years.
Upon completion, ‘Sea Cloud Spirit’ will become one of the world’s largest tall ships, Sea Cloud Cruises said, “offering her guests plenty of space under the open sky, an exclusive spa/wellness department, and an elegant interior-design combined with a classical yacht-style feel.”
Some 25 of the 69 outside cabins will be fitted with balconies, including the three owners’ suites. There will also be a spa and fitness area.
“The Sea Cloud Spirit is arriving at the right time,” said Sea Cloud Cruises Managing Director, Daniel Schäfer. “The ‘Sea Cloud’ and ‘Sea Cloud II’ are enjoying a high demand from both independent travellers and in the charter market. An expansion of the fleet, especially in the Mediterranean, is expected and demanded by many guests.
“With an extended capacity of 136 guests, we can also serve our charter market better with additional offers. However, despite the greater capacity, intimacy of a private-yacht will still be preserved and sailing can be experienced in an authentic manner,” he claimed.
Sea Cloud Cruises also revealed said that the sailing vessel will undertake her maiden voyage from Palma de Mallorca on 22nd April, 2021.
The 138 m long three-mast full-rigged ship will be officially named at Palma before her inaugural cruise.
‘Sea Cloud Spirit’ will be the third ship to be operated by Sea Cloud Cruises following the ‘Sea Cloud’ and the ‘Sea Cloud II’.
Her maiden voyage will be a 10-day ‘Tour of Spain,’ which will include Barcelona, Tarragona and Valencia, before returning through the Balearic Islands back to Palma.
Sea Cloud Cruises also confirmed that the ‘Sea Cloud Spirit’ is currently fitting out at the Metalships & Docks shipyard in Vigo, Spain.
The 28 sails with a total area of 4,100 sq m have already been attached. The shipyard’s team and specialists from Germany, and from all over Europe, were concentrating on the interior finishing of the luxurious sailing ship last December.
After extensive sea trials, the ship is due to be handed over to Sea Cloud Cruises in the first quarter of this year.