Shipyard De Hoop builds innovative expedition cruise vessel for Celebrity Cruises

Shipyard De Hoop has recently secured an order for the design and construction of an innovative expedition cruise vessel for Celebrity Cruises, daughter of RCCL. Despite dynamic international competition, De Hoop won the prestigious contract as a result of their accumulated experience of technically advanced features on high-end offshore vessels, combined with the knowledge of developing luxury cruise interiors (for smaller inland cruise vessels). A year on from the initial discussion with Celebrity Cruises, the project is in a very advanced stage of engineering and steel cutting, and the first block sections are currently being erected. The vessel, to be named Celebrity Flora, will be constructed entirely at the Lobith facilities, with yard number 488. With the official keel laying ceremony planned for later this year, the vessel’s inaugural date is already set for May 2019.

De Hoop’s management are convinced that a decade of participating in smaller seagoing cruise vessel projects, with the associated design development and investment in knowledge, has now paid off. De Hoop’s CEO, Patrick Janssens, states quite firmly that this was – and still is – the ideal basis for entering the growing market of expedition cruise vessels; their designers were fully prepared when the Celebrity Cruises challenge arose. Furthermore, with many Dutch suppliers and subcontractors on the client-approved ‘makerslist’, this project is a great opportunity for the Dutch shipbuilding industry as a whole.

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