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It is powered by eFuel (electricity produced from renewable energy sources, with the help of CO2 from water and air). It is also designed for zero emissions.

The 328-foot, 220-passenger cruise takes up to 14 days.

Its propulsion and maneuvering system consists of two stern azimuth electric thruster units in separate compartments and a pump jet for enhanced maneuverability in a bow compartment.

The engine arrangement is a fuel-electric hybrid system that combines four high-speed diesel generator sets with an energy storage and battery storage system to provide motive power and all remaining electrical load requirements.

Seven layers

The seven-deck ship is divided into three main fire zones. Engine rooms, technical spaces and supply stores are arranged on Deck 1.

Passenger boarding is provided on deck 2 either side or in bow through telescopic gangway/bow door. Both provide direct access to the reception area on Deck 3.


Deck 2 houses 11 large 335-square-foot) VIP staterooms and crew quarters. An alternative Deck 2 option has a passenger car garage for around 20 vehicles and crew quarters. Garage access is via a retractable/folding ramp on the starboard side.

Deck 3 has 13 large balcony staterooms (248 square feet), deck 4 has 21 large balcony staterooms and 16 standard balcony staterooms (182 square feet). Deck 5 has 21 large balcony staterooms and 16 standard balcony staterooms. Deck 6 has 10 standard balcony staterooms.

All passenger accommodations are equipped with large, flat-screen televisions and independently controlled thermostats.

Common areas

Deck 3 public spaces include a galley adjacent to the main restaurant (200 seats), a library, a hair salon and a shop. Deck 4 Forward Bar Lounge (150 seats) has panoramic views and access to forward open observation deck. Deck 6 is an open sun deck surrounded by glass railings and an outdoor buffet/bar area. Forward on Deck 6 is a fitness center with massage rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and panoramic views.

The wheelhouse, officers accommodation and ship’s office are located on deck 5.

Knud E. Hansen’s team of naval architects, mechanical engineers and designers developed the concept entirely in-house.

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