TUI Cruises has placed an order with STX Finland for a new cruise ship. The vessel should be delivered during Spring 2014.
The project will provide employment for the STX Finland Turku yard equivalent to around 5,500 person-years. TUI Cruises also has the option to order a second cruise ship.
According to STX, the design has an emphasis on environmentally-friendly features and on energy efficiency. The vessel will be approximately 295 metres long and 36 metres wide. It will have 1,250 cabins, serve 2,500 passengers and carry a crew of 1,000 persons. The vessel will have various restaurants, a theatre, a spa, a night club and a large deck area.
— This is a very important order for STX Finland’s Turku yard and for the entire Finnish maritime cluster. We are delighted to deliver to TUI Cruises their first newbuild which will represent the next generation of energy efficient and environmentally friendly cruise ships, notes Jari Anttila, Director of STX Finland´s Turku Shipyard.
STX Finland has three shipyards in Finland: the Turku yard, the Rauma yard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy of which STX Finland Oy has a 50 percent holding. The company is part of the international STX Europe Group.