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Vard wins contract for third Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten expedition ship

Vard Holdings Limited the Norwegian designer and builder of specialised vessels controlled by Fincantieri, said it has secured a contract for the design and construction of a luxury expedition cruise vessel for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Kreutzfahrten, which is part of the TUI AG group.

The vessel will join Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Hanseatic series, together with the two vessels that Vard already has under construction for the Germany-based cruise company. Developed by Vard in close cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, the vessels are specially designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as operations in warm water destinations such as the Amazon.

The new vessel will be approximately 16,000 gross tons, about 139 metres long and 22 metres wide. The vessel has seven passenger decks, with accommodation for 230 passengers in 120 cabins and suites. Similar to its sister vessels, the new vessel will be equipped with high standard of facilities. The Hanseatic series features a water sports marina and modern spa and fitness areas. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled from Vard Langsten in Norway in 2Q 2021. The hull will be built by Vard’ shipyard in Romania.

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