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TUI Cruises has entrusted the Italian shipyard with the delivery of two GT 161k-big cruise ships, both of which will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
The new units, based on a prototype project developed by Fincantieri, will be built at the company's shipyard in Monfalcone. The sister ships are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2026, respectively, and will join TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff fleet.
"With the new class of ships we are responding to the wishes of our guests and creating offerings that will also inspire new cruise passengers. As with the other ships in the fleet, the passenger/space ratio remains generous. The decision to run the two additional low-emission new builds is a logical continuation of our environmental strategy," Wybcke Meier, CEO, TUI Cruises, said.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri, also commented, "These will be the largest ships ever built in Italy: we proved once more we can provide the market with the best mix of reliability and innovation, pillars of Made in Italy and distinguishing features of Fincantieri in the global shipbuilding landscape."