In a surprise move royal Caribbean cruises have announced that they’ve announced that they’ve signed a letter of intent to build two new ships.
The news does not stop there.
The two new ships are due to be launched in 2022 & 2024 and will be an entirely new design of ship. Under the codename project Icon, these ships will be carrying around 5000 passengers so are around halfway between the Oasis class and Quantum class of ships.
And the news keeps on coming!
These ships will be a “radical –re-design and reimagining of cruise ships” this is royal Caribbean’s usual approach in recent years – but the ships will also be significantly greener.
Following Carnival corporations lead the ships will not be diesel power and will be LNG (liquid natural gas) powered ships.
LNG has many advantages over diesel power.
1 – Its Cleaner and better for the environment.
2 – LNG takes a quarter of the onboard space of Diesel
3 – Smokestacks can be located in different positions (not just the aft of the ship) as soot is non-existent the chimney can be anywhere.
Royal Caribbean will also be installing a colossal battery pack on the ships as well so they will be able to charge when the ship is in dock and use the stored power at sea – or in ports where the infrastructure does not support LNG.
To experiment and test they’re going to install a “battery bank” on an oasis class ship during the winter season and test its compatibility and practicality.
So overall Royal Caribbean’s press office is very busy right now – and as always this is just a letter of intent (it’s the official term for they’ve made an enquiry)
Tarar for now
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