Norwegian Yacht Voyages fleet
Review of Norwegian Yacht Voyages
NYV-Norwegian Yacht Voyages (norwegianyachtvoyages.com) is the rebranded name of "Nordic Cruise Company". The new company is owned by NYV Holdings Inc (headquartered in Oslo Norway). NYV's President and CEO is Ulf Henrick Wynnsdale. As to fleet size, vessel capacity and onboard amenities, there is not really any comparable cruise brands. However, the newbuildsScenic Eclipse (2019, by Scenic Cruises) and Crystal Endeavor (2020, by Crystal Cruises) are two mega-yachts that can be comparable. NYV company's direct competitors on the "mega-yacht cruising" market are RSSC-Regent, Ritz-Carlton (main competitor), SeaDream. About 5% of the cruise industry's multi-billion dollar business belongs to luxury brands.
The rebranded in 2017 ultra-luxury, all-inclusive cruise line intends to build all four expedition vessels classed as "mega-yachts". The first ship (MY Caroline) is scheduled for delivery in 2023. MY stands for "motor yacht".
Following the ship's delivery, MY Caroline will become the world's first true hybrid expedition yacht and also world's largest mega-yacht (LOA length 188 m / 617 ft) currently available for private chartering. All four NYV cruise ships will be built at the same shipyard. Initially, as shipbuilder was announced MetalShips & Docks (company's shipyard in Vigo Spain), but a shipbuilding order is not signed yet. NYV's project partners are Deltamarin, DNV GL, David Morris International, CMI Leisure, and CMI Ship Management, among others. The first NYV yacht (CAROLINE) is scheduled for delivery in 2023. The sisterships (still unnamed) will be delivered at approx 18-month intervals.
The newbuilds will be capable to operate dual fuel generators powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas) and MDO (marine diesel oil). They will also have battery banks for peak-shaving over the need for extra energy through diesel at key times, such as at startup, plus solar-powered hydrogen fuel cells.
The environmentally-friendly vessels will be able to fully run on LNG for a number of days at a time, but will not indefinitely due to the limited availability of fuel in the ships' global destinations.
Each NYV yacht has passenger capacity 222 and 111 staterooms, all of which are in suite categories. A total of 204 crew members cater to guests onboard. Cabins sizes range from 56 m2 (603 ft2) to 175 m2 (1884 ft2) Penthouses. Each stateroom is fitted with a private, step-out balcony, modern furniture, premium hotel amenities, large en-suite bathrooms with marble tops. Some cabins are inter-connecting.
The newbuild vessels are more yacht-like than ever before, as the smokestack is integrated into the superstructure's curvature, outlined by the rear windows. The stack disappears into the design, as does ship's singular sphere (housing the satellite antenna) located on top deck. The forward design elements - from angular windows to the near-vertical bow - are particularly edgier. And even the UFO-like yacht's observation lounge on the top deck sits back, closer to the stack, thus making for aerodynamic forecastle. However, the diamond-patterned Atrium's glass wall still remains.
Each yacht has an aft-located Helideck with helipad (helicopter landing area), a full marina (with Zodiacs), mini-submarine, aerial drone, scuba diving equipment (hyperbaric chamber, wetsuits), water sports equipment (sea kayaks, bikes, etc). The hull is ice-strengthened (certified to run in 0,8 m / 2,6 ft of sea ice) allowing safe navigation in both polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica).
Initially was announced that each NYV liner will have length 174 m (570 ft), staterooms sized between 45-140 m2 (485-1505 ft2) and 1 helicopter (stored in a hangar below deck and used for private tours). However, this design was later altered. Company's initial announcement was that MY Caroline will be inaugurated in May 2020, but in September 2018, yacht's delivery was moved to 2023.