Italy’s Fincantieri revealed a new concept ship at Cruise Shipping Miami. Not too much information was made available then. However since then, some information was able to leak out. Dubbed Project Mille, she signals the wave of the future in cruise ships.
The purpose of this project is to explore a more modern configuration to the traditional design of pax vessels. Since shaft and rudder based propulsion has quickly demised, there is no reason to have the diesel generators in the aft section anymore. This ship will have them amidships. By bringing then closer to the center of gravity, this helps stability. You can note that the funnel has accordingly been brought amidships; right above the engines.
They also made the hull wider and the super structure narrower. Also in another attempt to reduce the weight above the hull. We’ve seen this unique feature on the Norwegian and Disney newbuilds out of Germany. The Oasis class kind of have the opposite of this, but they also have two gaping holes in the superstructure (Central Park and the Boardwalk).
There are also other initiatives to lower the center of gravity. There will be no large main swimming pool topside. It will be moved somewhere lower in the ship. The spa will also be moved down. By moving any other heavy-weight public area lower, architects are able to yield an entire additional deck of passenger cabins. As these cabins are located in the superstructure, they will be balcony cabins, which mean higher revenue yielding.
This is a trend we’ve sort of seen since the mid 2000’s however it looks like designers really want to emphasize on that going forward.
She’ll offer 10 percent more cabins; 10 percent more open-deck space; 10 percent increase in efficiencies
Fincantieri has had a long lasting relationship with Carnival Corp. I feel it’s a safe bet that we can see some of these features incorporated into some of their brand’s newbuilds. Fincantieri says that this design can be scaled accordingly from 60,000grt up to 150,000 grt. And 1,500 pax up to 4,000 pax. This could very well be this decade’s Vista Class.
photos via shippax and Fincantieri