Celebrating a summer of cruise activity, three LR classed vessels have been delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Seabourn and Silversea respectively, setting new standards for the sector as it looks to improve sustainability. 

First out the gates, NCL’s Norwegian Viva was delivered in early August at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Venice, the second of six vessels from the new Prima Class of ships. Along with the vessel’s sister-ships, Norwegian Viva will form the backbone of the future NCL fleet, at more than 142,500-tons, almost 300 meters long, and accommodating 3,215 guests. Deliveries are scheduled through to 2027.

The Prima Class is based on a prototype project developed by Fincantieri with support from LR, which enhances the consolidated features of NCL’s signature offering of freedom and flexibility, qualified by an innovative configuration for an elevated passenger experience. In addition, focus was set on energy efficiency, with the twofold aim of optimising consumption at sea and reducing environmental impact, compliant with all the most recent regulations on this matter.

Seabourn pursuit

Also delivered this Summer was Seabourn Pursuit for Seabourn Cruises, built to LR Class by Mariotti shipyard in Genoa and designed for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards alongside its sister ship the Seabourn Venture. Both ships carry two custom-built submarines, 24 Zodiacs, kayaks, and a 26-person expert expedition team whose role is to engage guests throughout each voyage. 
The ship’s intended route will see the vessel exploring the waters and landscapes of Greenland, Iceland and Norway throughout the spring and early summer, carving its way through the inside passage of the Norwegian fjords along the way. 

The vessel is also one of the first cruise ships to be assigned LR’s Under Water Noise (UWN) notation, allocated to vessels which can minimise underwater noise emissions when operating in sensitive environments.

Silver Nova 

The 54,700-ton LNG-fuelled cruise ship Silver Nova from Silversea was built to LR Class by Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany and has just completed its maiden voyage earlier this month. 

The ship is capable of achieving a cruise industry-first – local emission-free operation in port by using fuel cells and batteries. It will use LNG as its main fuel and feature a hydrodynamic ship design which will allow it to achieve a 40% overall reduction in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per double suite when compared to Silversea’s previous class of ships.

Commenting on the deliveries of the three LR classed cruise ships, Michele Landro, LR’s Vice President, Head of Passenger Ships Segment, spoke about the busy period for LR and the sector: “The delivery of these vessels represents a significant milestone for Lloyd’s Register who continue to show our credentials as a trusted adviser to the cruise industry.” 

“It is fantastic to continue to build on our relationship with leading shipyards such as Fincantieri, Meyer Werft and Mariotti. On behalf of LR I would like to personally thank those who have worked hard to make these new build projects a success and we look forward to working together again in the future,” he added. 

Delivery of the trio follows the delivery of the LR classed Adora Magic City in China in early June.