Ships currently on order for delivery in 2011 until 2016 are listed below. Shipping companies became more prudent when ordering new tonnage because of economic and political uncertainties, so the number of orders placed slowed down the last few years. However, recently, the orderbooks of the yards start to fill again as the cruise business continues to show growth, and appr. 20 vessels will enter service in the next years from 2012 onwards.
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Largest cruise ships in the world at 220.000 GRT and carrying 5400 passengers: Royal Caribbean International's Oasis (2009) and Allure of the Seas (2010)
Norwegia Epic built 2010 for NCL
Residential vessel Utopia
Some spectacular newbuildings projects....will they ever be completed?
The size of the ship, to be built by Aker yards, is an incredible 450,000GT,
505m length 58m breadth hull, 20 decks, was first determined as adequate for
having the "functions of a city" as the company calls it. The largest
allocation of floor space on the ship is the multipurpose hall. It features a
floor space of 7,000 square meters (!) for various kinds of events to be held.
It is about 10 times bigger than any halls in a contempory hotel and is capable
of holding any kind of trade show, convention, in-door sport event, etc. The
Kaguya comprises of three different hotels, each with 1,200 rooms The size of
the shopping mall will be 300m long......
In 2006 Building Investment Group started research on a project to build the most luxurious residental cruise ship in the world, to be named Monaco, even surpassing the famous vessel The World. Monaco will have four hundred ultra luxury suites and a four star hotel on board.
Building Investment Group is a privately owned investment company which specilizes in exclusive resorts and hotels. Being internationally active, the company currently has projects in The Netherlands, Belgium and Kazachstan.
The Monaco will have a length of 268 meter and a beam of 31,50 meter. The ship will have 12 decks and inside an atrium will span two thirds of its length. This atrium will be the focal point of the Monaco, the luxury appartments will be situated around it, being close to its shopping center, restaurants, the spot to meet your fellow inhabitants.....
At this time the company is negotiating with several yards, all situated in Europe because they offer the best quality in passenger ship building according to the Building Investment Group. Buyers of the suites, Europe's high society, can literally watch their suites being built and can adapt them completely to their wishes. Planning is at the moment to start in 2011 with construction of the Monaco and to launch her in 2013. Then she will start her continous sailings around the world.
THE FREEDOM SHIP
Freedom Ship is a ship with the concept of “floating city” proposed by Norman Nixon of Freedom Ship International. With a design length of 1400 meters (4500 feet), width of 230 meters (750 feet) and high of 110 meters (350 feet), Freedom Ship is four times the length of the largest cruise ship in the world today. Planned to be a floating city with condominium housing for 50,000 people, and projected to be a mile long, with an airstrip to accommodate aircraft, it would have a duty-free and rapid transit. What would have been the largest unconventional ship (more like a series of linked barges as otherwise the sea's movement would have the ship broken in pieces) in the world, the Freedom Ship, is still no morethan a blueprint. Construction was originally planned to begin in 2002 with a goal of completion two years later. An estimated 15,000 workers were to work 24 hours a day to get the ship built in time.....
Now, Norm Nixon, the design engineer who came up with the idea of a mile-long ship, is hoping the US military might be interested in this "floating building" for use as a moveable military base.
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