Passenger health and safety, along with energy optimization are the hallmarks of a new expedition cruise vessel design
developed by the naval architects, marine engineers, and designers at Knud E. Hansen. The concept is for an expedition
cruise ship accommodating up to 400 passengers designed to appeal to both the adventure cruise market and eco-tourism.
Reflecting the concerns of a post-pandemic world, the Hansen firm sought to develop a ship that is safe, clean, and efficient.
They brought together leading experts to manage disease prevention and control, state-of-the-art facilities, and protocols,
in conjunction with high-efficiency HVAC systems and related airborne and surface disinfection technology.
At a length of 150 meters and with a cruising range of approximately 6,500 nautical miles, Hansen says the design will appeal
to passengers who prefer a more intimate cruise experience while visiting destinations that are inaccessible by other ships.
Also being sensitive to the growing appeal of the eco-tourism market, Hansen’s design aims to minimize the ship’s carbon
footprint and reduce pollution. It incorporates several technological innovations, including a large battery bank and a
diesel-electric propulsion system, which includes four medium-speed diesel generators. Two azimuth pod units and two bow
thrusters would provide flexible propulsion and maneuverability, while a pair of retractable fin stabilizers would reduce