The keel of a big cruise ferry was laid in Aker Yards, Rauma on 22 April, 2008. The vessel, built under working name "Cruise 5"will be delivered to Tallink in spring 2009.
The vessel worth approx. 180 million euro means 1,700 man years of work for the yard.
The vessel will be a new development of the Galaxy-type cruise ferry built by Aker Yards.
MS Galaxy is already operating since spring 2006, and the second one, in the series, "Baltic Princess" is under construction at the yard in Helsinki.
The 212 metres long and 29 m wide vessel will be one of the biggest and fastest cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, having capacity for 2,800 passengers and with a speed of 24.5 knots. The guiding principle in designing the vessel has been paying attention to the comfort and luxury of present-day passengers. There will be maximal use of high-tech solutions onboard.
Over 900 cabins, several restaurants and places to entertain of various style and class as well as a remarkable conference centre with over 450 seats make the new ship a multi functional sea-based hotel with excellent ambience.
An artist's impression of the vessel are available at: www.akeryards.com - media centre - image library.
Juha Heikinheimo, President, Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries, phone +358 10 670 2201
Sinikka Railo, VP, Communications, Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries, phone +358 40 512 0253
Aker Yards ASA (www.akeryards.com) is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels, offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards comprises 18 yards in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Ukraine and Vietnam with approximately 21,000 employees.
Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries business area comprises three shipyards and two cabin factories in Finland, two shipyards, a cabin factory and a design company in France, and life cycle service activities in Finland, France and the USA. With a focus on innovative design and powerful cruise experiences, Aker Yards has become one of the largest builders of passenger vessels in the world.