A new contract has been awarded to the Uljanik shipbuilder (Pula Croatia), for a 10,000-GT, 237-passenger luxury cruise ship scheduled for delivery in 2018.
Based on these dimensions, the new ship will be the same general size as Ponant's current fleet the latest of which, Le Lyrial, was built by at Fincantieri's Ancona (Italy) shipyard.
Uljanik has not disclosed the identity of the purchaser, but new ships are also expected from Lindblad and Seabourn in 2018.
Other designs fitting this broad category include:
STX France’s Project Ulysseas, a 145m, 200-passenger design revealed in March this year.
Knud E Hansen’s expedition ship design with 150 cabins and heavy-duty, ice-rated hull.
Sunstone Project Unlimited, first muted as far back as 2007 is a US design for a hi-tech ice class expedition ship.