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Mr Mathisen said the design concept was "not so very far from [the 73,500 gt] Color Fantasy" in size terms, but the future ship would not include a car deck. It was intended for operations connecting northern European ports to Oslo and Norway's west coast.
COLOR LINE INCREASES ITS ENGAGEMENT IN CRUISE TRAFFIC
Norway's largest ferry company will be investing heavily in completely new and ultra-modern concepts in the coming years. The Letter of Intent with Aker Yards also specifies a design assignment for a cruise ship for delivery in the spring of 2009.
The building of M/S Color Magic started up on Tuesday at the Norwegian-owned Aker Yards in Turku in Finland. This ship is due to replace M/S Kronprins Harald in September 2007. The overall costs of the ship and infrastructure will be approx. NOK 2.6 billion (EURO 325 million).
The background for the building of a sister ship to the world's largest cruise ship with a car deck, M/S Color Fantasy, is among other things the success of the new ship on the German market. In total, almost 600,000 guests will have travelled by Color Fantasy to and from Norway in 2005. About half of the guests are German citizens, and this represents an increase of more than 40% compared with last year when M/S Prinsesse Ragnhild was in service on this line.
[ 11-03-2005: Message edited by: Ocean Liners ]
while I tremendously enjoyed "Color Fantasy", I really hope that Color Line will increase the cabin size on the "cruise-only" newbuild. "Color Fantasy's" standard cabins are fine for a maximum of two nights but not acceptable for anything longer by today's standards.
Everyone wants a slice of the expanding cruise market. We are seeing more ships, new entrants into the market and new ports emerging. A Ferry operator like 'Color' would seem well placed to exploit the market.
Their ships certainly look just like cruise ships. It will be interesting to see if they can offer the higher standards of food and service that cruise passengers expect - although I've no idea how good their current standards are?
quote:Originally posted by Malcolm @ cruisepage:It will be interesting to see if they can offer the higher standards of food and service that cruise passengers expect -
'higher'? subjective but I expect it will depend on whether the 'cruises' will be more than 2 nights, all-inclusive or whether food aboard will be purchased separately?
You just pay for it yourself and it will be not included in the fare. Unless you book a package.
I'm not thinking about "longer cruises" here. But I think the cabins should at least accommodate two people well for four nights or so. And "Color Fantasy's" cabins won't.
I'm also not talking about huge differences here. Increasing the size of the standard cabins from 10.5 m² to 12 m² would result in quite a difference here if done well.
quote:Originally posted by Malcolm @ cruisepage:Why not indeed!Their ships certainly look just like cruise ships. It will be interesting to see if they can offer the higher standards of food and service that cruise passengers expect - although I've no idea how good their current standards are?
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