Quite interesting with another player on the newbuilding cruise business in British waters in this size segment of cruise ships - can be a hard time for them - interesting that they have put the SAGAFJORD design funnel on these ships.
Saga must feel that a new-build is worth the money rather than the 'Previously owned' ships which they have been using.
I would assume that there are cost advantages in fuel efficiency, maintenance and the inevitable upgrades required to meet changing regulations.
Eight lifeboats - Capacity 1200 persons.
Together with liferafts to carry 25% of maximum total capacity should be enough.
As I understand it, modern lifeboats may exceed a max of 150 persons per boat, and much bigger capacity ships' lifeboats are in the pipeline. Saga say the new build will carry fewer than 1,000 passengers, so guessing that crew + pax will not exceed 1600, and assuming a situation in which all lifeboats can be lowered, I imagine all on board could be accommodated within 8 boats.
I too was struck by the familiar funnel shape. I think it fits well with the overall design and hope it appears on the actual ship (which I'd like to live long enough to see in Orkney waters).
Very pleasing designe to the eye. Great inprovemet to the ugley monsters of today which look like blocks of flats and carring too many passengers. In regards to the funnel which looks good tho being an artest's impression could look a bit different when built. eg Northern Star's funnell looked more like Canberra's but was different when built ?.
It just goes to show that with a bit of thought by the designers.... they can come up with quite good looking ships.... and this kind of ship.. almost beautiful! Sure they can add more cabins and generate revenue... we all know that... but do they have to look like car ships! This ship could be any size. Could be 100,000 or 50,000 or she might just be a 20,000 tonner. Very 'yachtlike'.