Cruise Yachts Near Completition

Friday, February 14, 2003
Austal Ships has reported that a pair of cruise yachts ordered by Bora Bora Cruises of Tahiti are in the final stages of fitout at its modern shipyard south of Perth, Western Australia. “Tu Moana” and “Tia Moana” (meaning ‘strong on the ocean’ and ‘sure and stable on the ocean’) each provide 74 passenger berths in 37 outside cabins. The two cruise yachts will feature a high degree of comfort and luxury with a modern design inspired by Tahitian traditional art and incorporating the European touch of Tillberg Designs. Onboard features include a restaurant and galley catering for all passengers in a single sitting, gymnasium, library, indoor and outdoor lounges, two jacuzzis, an expansive sun deck and a host of watersports equipment, with easy access to the water. The 69 metre monohulls were launched prior to Christmas and will shortly undergo final sea trials before leaving Western Australia in late March or early April in time to commence operations in mid-June. They will operate seven-day/six night programmes from Bora Bora, with extended cruising within the lagoons of Leeward sister islands of Tahaa, Raiatea and Huahine. Austal developed the term Cruise Yachts to reflect the balance these smaller vessels provide between the most desirable characteristics of a private motor yacht and the requirements of commercial cruise operations. “Austal Cruise Yachts combine an intimate onboard experience with the ability to visit spectacular locations, like Bora Bora’s huge but relatively shallow lagoon, that are inaccessible to traditional ships,” said Austal Sales Manager, Glenn Williams. “Austal’s specialty lies in tailoring the design and fitout to meet the intended role, so we can produce Cruise Yachts that will match virtually any combination of passenger demographics and operational requirements,” he added. Austal’s Managing Director, Mr Bob McKinnon, said the ability to produce Cruise Yachts highlighted one of the benefits provided by the synthesis of the expertise of the Austal group’s various subsidiaries.

“In designing and building cruise yachts Austal Ships can draw upon Image Marine’s experience in building commercial live-aboard dive vessels and the styling and high level fitout and finish expertise that Oceanfast has demonstrated in luxury motor yachts such as the 70 metre “Aussie Rules” delivered to golfer Greg Norman last month,” Mr McKinnon said. “Combining this with the skills that have established Austal Ships as a world leader in the fast ferry market, ensures that we can provide the full spectrum of fitouts, from basic but comfortable for operators targeting the budget conscious passenger through to 5 star for the ultra-luxury segment.” In addition to completing the two cruise yachts for Bora Bora Cruises, Austal Ships is currently building 66 metre and 86 metre high speed vehicle-passenger catamaran ferries. Under construction at Image Marine are four 41 metre catamarans (two for Norway and two for Hong Kong) and three 22 metre monohull Coast Guard vessels for Kuwait. Oceanfast’s orderbook consists of four luxury motoryachts, while US-subsidiary Austal USA has two passenger vessels under construction for New York – a 41 metre monohull and a 43 metre catamaran.

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

EIVA Welcomes New Global Director

The Danish offshore survey solution specialist EIVA a/s has appointed a new global sales director, Jakob Møller Nielsen. He comes from a similar position at SPX Flow Technology,

ASRY in Maritime Deal with Relay

UK-based engineering firm signs service agreement to provide direct services to vessels in ASRY, expanding the list of the yard’s onsite specialist contractors.

Harnessing Offshore Wind Peaks in U.S.

For the US energy industry, 2014 will be remembered as the year when crude oil prices fell below 50$/bbl, resulting in significant realignments in the sector.

Passenger Vessels

Norwegian Dawn Arrives In Boston

The Norwegian Dawn, the cruise liner that ran aground as she left Bermuda this week, has arrived in Boston.   A story in the Boston Herald says, “Passengers

Electric & Hybrid Propulsion Ordered fir CMAL Ferry

Imtech Marine informs it has been awarded a third contract to supply the electric and hybrid propulsion system for a hybrid ferry operated by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) of Scotland.

Malaysia Orders Migrant Rescues, Thailand Says No to Shelters

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday he had ordered the navy to conduct search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants adrift at sea as Thailand's

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2555 sec (4 req/sec)