Royal Cruise Line To Build Two Luxury Liners At Cost Of More Than $200 Million

Royal Cruise Line (RCL) of Piraeus, Greece, has announced its commitment to build two 990-passenger luxury cruise ships to join its present fleet of ships, the Golden Odyssey and the Royal Odyssey.

Under the personal supervision of RCL chairman P.S. Panagopoulos, the new ships will be built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, West Germany. RCL has retained the Danish ship design firm of Knud E.

Hansen as consultants.

Construction of the first 40,000- grt, 495-cabin ship, to be named the Crown Odyssey, will begin immediately, with delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 1988. The second vessel, to be constructed concurrently, is tentatively scheduled for delivery by Christmas 1988.

This expansion represents an investment in excess of $200 million, and by increasing the line's capacitv to a total of 3,300 berths, it will place RCL among the five largest cruise lines in the world. Mr. Panagopoulos said it is the very strong and steady demand for RCL's deluxe standard of worldwide cruising over the past decade that has provided the basis for his decision.

Among the innovative features planned for the new luxury liners is a unique outside glass elevator to transport passengers to a lounge on the top deck with a 360-degree view.

Other features include an increased number of spacious suites, private lounges for groups, expanded fitness and health facilities, and two outdoor pools.

In addition to the passenger amenities, plans include sophisticated satellite navigation and communications, state-of-the-art electronics, advanced equipment to increase fuel efficiency, and innovative hull lines. Other considerations concern efficient passenger and baggage handling on embarkation and disembarkation, as well as designs for the most efficient provisioning in port.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Sep 1985 Edwin Stephan

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