Damen Cruise inks first contract with SeaDream Yacht Club
The 15,600 GT Innovation will enter service in September 2021
SeaDream Yacht Club is the first client of Damen Cruise, the division set by the Dutch shipbuilding group in 2018.
Damen Shipyards Group is proud to announce the recent signing of a contract with the Oslo, Norway-based cruise company, that marks a historic moment, being Damen’s first for a cruise ship.
SeaDream will operate the 155-metre and 15,600 GT Mega Yacht on luxury voyages all over the world. The purpose-built ship will be prepared to operate in destinations, including polar and tropical, around the world; as such, the vessel will boast ice class Polar Code 6 credentials.
“There has been an immediate connection with Seadream, a family company like Damen. We felt inspired by the company’s philosophy and by its founder Atle Brynestad, a pioneer in the luxury cruise industry; his passion throughout the design and contractual stage of this project has been simply contagious to all of us within the Damen organisation” SVP Sales and Marketing Damen Cruise Andrea Trevisan said.
“We were drawn to Damen Shipyards for their excellent reputation and proven track record as innovators in the shipbuilding industry: they understood our vision from the very beginning, making them a natural fit for this venture” commented Atle Brynestad, Owner, Chairman & CEO of SeaDream.
Though a new entrant to this particular market, Damen has for over 90 years delivered ships to diverse sectors of the maritime industry, including construction of adventure and mega yachts and complex offshore, naval and ro-pax vessels. “Out aim is to become a long-term partner for the cruise industry, providing services throughout the entire lifecycle of a vessel; this begins, where required, with provision of finance solutions from AAA institutions and continues through construction and outfitting. Following delivery, Damen is able to continue supporting its clients with maintenance, repair and upgrade services at its repair yards worldwide” stated the Dutch shipyard.
The Mega Yacht for SeaDream will be completely constructed and outfitted, including the interior, at the Mangalia yard, working in partnership with leading suppliers to the cruise industry. In 2018, Damen began operational control of the shipyard now known as Damen Shipyards Mangalia, in Romania, a joint venture with the Romanian Government, the largest in the Damen portfolio bringing with it the capabilities for the group to construct larger, more complex vessels. Damen will commence construction of the vessel in October this year, with a scheduled delivery date of September 2021.