Published 2022-09-09 00:00:00
Northern Xplorer signs LOI with West Sea Shipyard
Northern Xplorer signs LOI with West Sea Shipyard to build world’s first zero-emission cruise ship

Recently established Norwegian cruise venture Northern Xplorer and Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of the company’s maiden vessel, with expected delivery at the start of the 2025/2026 cruise season, at the SMM in Hamburg.

West Sea intends to build the 250-passenger vessel at its facility in Viana do Costello north of Porto. Its cruise newbuilding portfolio to date includes the 200-passenger WORLD NAVIGATOR (built 2021), WORLD VOYAGER (built 2020) and WORLD EXPLORER (built 2019), the first three in a series of seven high-end polar expedition vessels for a renowned luxury cruise operator.

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