The delivery of MS Navigator of the Seas took place today at Kvaerner Masa
-Yards' Turku shipyard. Navigator of the Seas, newbuilding 1347, is fourth in the Voyager-class series of cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL)
The first three ships in the series, Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas were delivered
in October 1999, September 2000 and October 2001 respectively, and have proven very successful in operation.
With a gross tonnage of approx. 140,000, a passenger capacity of 3,800
passengers and a crew capacity of 1,200 persons, totaling some 5,000
people onboard, the Voyager-class cruise ships are by far the biggest in
the world. The total length of Navigator of the Seas is 311.1 metres
(1020 ft), the breadth is 38.6 meters (126 ft) at waterline level (49.1
metres / 161 ft breadth at the bridge wings) and the height is 72.3
metres (237 ft) from keel to the top of the funnel.
In connection with the delivery, Jorma Eloranta, President and CEO
of Kvaerner Masa-Yards said: "Again we have built and handed over a
great cruise ship to our client - to specification - on time and to
budget. Together with our co-operation partners, we have all reason to
be proud of this achievement. The skills of this great team are our most
important assets for handling the current challenges of the shipbuilding
This Post-Panamax size has allowed for unique design features and
interior solutions. The cruise ship features a four deck high horizontal
promenade, the Royal Promenade, a design featured for the first time on
this Voyager-class cruise ship series. The length of the promenade is
some 120 metres, and it has in each end an 11 deck high atrium, the
Centrums. The Royal Promenade also features inside staterooms with a
view. Almost 10 percent of Navigator's staterooms have bay windows
overlooking the Royal Promenade. The big Metropolis theater seats 1,360
guests. There are numerous restaurants onboard. The main restaurant is
three decks high, and seats a total of 1,900 in five distinct areas. In
addition, there is an ice skating rink onboard, Studio B, seating 900
passengers, a rock climbing wall and a wedding chapel highest up.
In mid December, Navigator of the Seas will begin seven days cruises in
the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Miami, Florida.
The concept design of the Voyager-class cruise ships was made by
Kvaerner Masa-Yards Technology in close co-operation with Royal
Production of Navigator of the Seas started in August 2000 and it was
docked out on January 1, 2002. The successful sea trials took place in
the first week of September this year. All tests performed proved the
vessel to meet or exceed specified parameters.
Navigator of the Seas has been built in a very short time for this size
of a cruise vessel. The ship has been built by the yard together with a
large number of turn-key and other suppliers. The classification society
is Det Norske Veritas.
The layout of the ship areas have been designed by the yard and the
owner together with several highly reputed architects such as the
Norwegian Njål R. Eide, - RCI Newbuilding Design, RTKL Snoweiss Design
Group Tom Graboski & Associates, Morris Nathanson Design and Wilson
Butler Lodge Inc. from USA - Tillberg Design and Arkitektbyrån from
Sweden, - Design Team, Stephenjohn Design and London Contemporary Art
(artwork) from the UK.