The floating-out ceremony of the last of 4 ships that Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages ordered to Fincantieri Italy, Brilliant Lady, took place on November 25th at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard.
They all feature 1400+ staterooms designed to host 2770+ passengers/sailors, accompanied by 1160+ crew. The quality of life onboard is guaranteed by the “comfort class” certification, testifying minimum levels of noise/vibration, as well as by extensive use of home automation.
Thanks to this, through installing an app on their smartphones, passengers are able to manage a range of cabin functions (lighting, air conditioning, opening/closing of blinds, music, and TV).
This class of cruise ships stands out for its design, and for the particular attention paid to energy recovery, with cutting-edge alternative technologies reducing the vessel’s overall environmental impact.
The newbuilds are equipped with an energy production system of ~1 MW, which uses the waste heat of the diesel engine. In addition to a scrubber system (a device for sustainable sulfur dioxides waste management), the units are fitted with a catalytic converter reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides. They are equipped with led lights in order to reduce energy consumption. The hull's hydrodynamic design provides excellent performance with fuel saving.