Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with WestSea Yard, part of Martifer Group, to equip a newbuilding expedition cruise ship for Portuguese based cruise company, Mystic Cruises.
The vessel, to be called ‘World Explorer’, will be Mystic’s first expedition cruise ship. She will offer expeditionary cruise itineraries in Antarctica from November to March.
‘World Explorer’s’ inaugural Antarctic season is being handled by Polar cruise company, Quark Expeditions which has chartered the ship.
For the rest of the season, she will visit small ports worldwide, which would normally not be accessible to larger cruise ships and will be operated worldwide by German company, Nicko Cruises.
Equipped with environmentally sustainable technology developed by Rolls- Royce, the ‘World Explorer’ is the first of several ships to be built by the Portuguese company for its expeditionary cruise line. The design is the result of several years of study and development to create the perfect balance between luxury, comfort, efficiency and environmental friendly operation, the company claimed.
Mário Ferreira, Mystic Cruises CEO, said: “These are very exciting times for us, this project is something that we’ve been working on for some time, crafting it to perfection to meet our clients’ and the market’s needs. The ‘World Explorer’ will be the first of our expeditionary cruise ships. She will offer passengers a once in a lifetime experience of exclusivity and personalised service visiting the vast frozen landscapes of Antarctica and small, exclusive ports around the world.
“Antarctica offers a unique setting for expeditionary cruises, and we’ll offer the opportunity to explore this amazing region with all the comfort and luxury of a five-star plus hotel. On board the ‘World Explorer’, guests will have the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of the landscape, while enjoying all the amenities of a luxury hotel with a personalised service, where staff will know their name and preferences.
“Being one of the last unspoiled and untouched regions in the World, Antarctica poses a unique challenge for cruise companies in order to offer the high-quality service that guests are used to in other areas, while being environmentally sustainable.
“We are very pleased to be working with an industry leading company, such as Rolls-Royce. Since we started our partnership the results have been very positive, and we believe that we made the correct call in selecting them. For us it’s essential to have a sustainable, efficient and environmental friendly solution. That is why we opted for the hybrid technology that Rolls-Royce proposed,” he said.
Rolls-Royce will supply two Bergen, C25:33L8P main engines and a Bergen C25:33L6P auxiliary dual generator. These connect to a low voltage AFE ‘SAVeCUBE’ power electric system, which allows the engines to operate at variable speeds maximising their efficiency for the required power. Rolls-Royce is also providing the automation and control system and the complete Promas propulsion system with two CPP propellers integrated with two flap rudders, plus steering gears and tunnel thrusters.
John Roger Nesje, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, Power Electric Systems – Marine, said: “ Our experience of all aspects of ship design and construction, has allowed us to help Mystic Cruises, carefully consider the ‘World Explorer ‘s’ operational profile and identify the optimum combination of technologies to use in order to reduce emissions and achieve improved performance and fuel economy.”
‘World Explorer’ will accommodate 200 guests served by a 111 crew members. The ship will have an operating cruising speed of 16 knots with a strengthened hull and propellers for sailing in ice. She will be 126 m in length with a width of 19 m, a draft of 4.8 m and a tonnage of 9,300 gt.
Construction of the vessel, designed by Italian Naval Architect Giuseppe Tringali, is already underway at the WestSea Shipyard in northern Portugal with completion expected during October, 2018.
Mystic Cruises belongs to the holding company Mystic Invest, which also controls river cruise company DouroAzul and Nicko Cruises.