Wartsila Marine-Turku Delivers 1,800-Passenger Cruise Ship To Norwegian Cruise Line

Vessel Christened 'Seaward' In New York Ceremony The Turku yard of Finnish shipbuilder Wartsila Marine Industries Inc. recently delivered its biggest passenger vessel to date to Norwegian shipowner Kloster Cruise Ltd.

The 1,800-passenger vessel is the first new generation cruise ship built at the yard.

The vessel then departed Turku for her maiden voyage to New York via Kristiansand, Norway, for her official naming ceremony. World class long distance runner Grete Waitz, eight-time winner of the New York Marathon, christened the cruise ship Seaward at ceremonies at Pier 88 in Manhattan.

The 708-1/2-foot Seaward has a beam of 95 feet, maximum draft of 23 feet and gross tonnage of 42,300.

The vessel is powered by four eightcylinder Sulzer ZA40 medium-speed diesel engines which produce a total of 28,800 bhp. She can cruise at speeds of more than 21 knots.

Shaft alternators driven by power take-offs (PTOs) from the two main gearboxes will provide electricity while maneuvering, and will also supply a part of the ship's at-sea auxiliary power requirements.

The vessel, which is manned by a crew of 600, will be operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, Miami, Fla., a subsidiary of Kloster Cruise Ltd., on seven-day cruises in the Caribbean.

In addition to the 774 passenger cabins on board, there is ample public space, including three large restaurants, three night clubs, seven bars, a casino, spacious shops, a beauty salon, saunas, a fitness center, two swimming pools, whirlpools, a laudrette, a hospital and several rooms reserved for various entertainment games.

After the delivery of the Seaward, Wartsila-Turku's orderbook now includes eight passenger vessels of various types. For free literature on the shipbuilding, converting and ship-repairing services of Wartsila- Turku, Circle 47 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 7,  Jul 1988

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