Video: Fincantieri lays the keel for Seven Seas Explorer

By Vessels

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has started building the Seven Seas Explorer-first super comfort cruise vessel made by the company for Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC), a member of the Prestige Cruise Holdings group. The keel laying ceremony took place at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard on January 21st (Wednesday). Seven Seas Explorer has 56,000 total tonnage and is 223 metres long. It will be the most important ship of the fleet, carrying 750 travelers.

The shipbuilder claims that the new vessel will be constructed with the help of the most recent environmentally friendly technologies. The ship’s delivery is planned for the summer of 2016. Bookings for the Explorer’s opening season have started for members of the Seven Seas Society. Journeys will be accessible to the public at large beginning February 4, 2015 (Wednesday).

Furthermore, additional operations of MSC Sinfonia have started at the company’s shipyard in Palermo. MSC Sinfonia is second out of the four MSC vessels to undertake the Renaissance Programme of betterments. The transformation operations of the brand MSC Armonia have been finished and the ship has been moved from the shipyard on November 17.

The Palermo’s shipyard preparation has begun with steel-cutting operations on the ship and has gone on by changing the place of the front section about 30 meters forward to let the new middle section to be put inside. This section has a weight of 2,200 tonnes and length of 24 metres and it will contribute to an overall of 106 new travelers and crew cabins as well as outdoor and indoor public space.

The conversion operations will proceed during the 8 weeks to come with the getting together of the ship’s two sections, the insertion of all the systems and the coming to an end of the ship’s fitting out. During the course of this stage, 87 new travelers cabins will be placed in the original section and 60 new cabins with balconies will be introduced. The latter will come to the place of 60 outdoor cabins first fitted only with windows. MSC Sinfonia will get a new main body of a ship to minimize the difficulty of motion and lower water opposition, greatly dininishing the wasting of fuel.