NYV Caroline Review and Specifications
Specifications of NYV Caroline
|Year built||2023 new ship|
|Builder||MetalShips & Docks (Vigo, Spain)|
|Class||ice-strengthened mega yacht|
|Owner||Norwegian Yacht Voyages|
|Operator||Norwegian Yacht Voyages|
|Length (LOA)||188 m / 617 ft|
Review of NYV Caroline
Launched in 2023, the expedition megayacht MY Caroline is one of the Norwegian Yacht Voyages cruise ships. The rebranded in 2017 ultra-luxury, the all-inclusive company intends to build all 4 expedition vessels ice-classed PC6 (Polar Class 6) mega yachts with ice-strengthened hulls. MY stands for "motor yacht".
History - construction and ownership
"Norwegian Yacht Voyages" (NYV) is the rebranded name of "Nordic Cruise Company". The new company is headquartered in Oslo Norway. Its 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 newbuild vesselsScenic Eclipse (by Scenic Cruises) and Crystal Endeavor (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.
Following the ship's delivery, MY Caroline will become 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. 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 with 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 resulting 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.
Cruise itinerary program
NYV Caroline tentative cruise itinerary program includes expedition voyages in Northern Europe and Arctic waters (during the summer months) and South America and Antarctica (during winter).
MY Caroline yacht has passenger capacity 222 in 111 staterooms, all of which are in suite categories. A total of 204 crew members cater to guests onboard. Cabins are sized from 56 m2 (603 ft2) entry-level 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.
NYV Caroline 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 (seakayaks, 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).
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.
NYV Caroline wiki
- On June 25, 2018, Deltamarin (Turku-based ship design company) signed a contract with Norwegian Yacht Voyages for development (technical design, documentation) and shipbuilding consultancy for cruise company's megayacht project.
- The megayacht is powered by hybrid (dual fuel) engines running on both MDO (Marine Diesel Oil) and LNG, (Liquefied Natural Gas) to minimise emissions. Current vessel design's capacity is 222 passengers in 111 staterooms.