Fincantieri launches Ponant’s new cruise ship in France

26 October 2014 (Last Updated October 26th, 2014 18:30)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched super-luxury cruise ship Le Lyrial, which was constructed for French cruise line Compagnie du Ponant (Bridgepoint Group) at the shipbuilder's Ancona shipyard.

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Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched super-luxury cruise ship Le Lyrial, which was constructed for French cruise line Compagnie du Ponant (Bridgepoint Group) at the shipbuilder’s Ancona shipyard.

The new vessel is expected to be delivered in spring 2015.

The vessel is the fourth in a series that includes L’Austral, Le Boreal and Le Soleal, which were delivered in May 2010, April 2011 and June 2013 respectively.

Similar to the earlier vessels, the new-build also features advanced environmentally friendly technology, Fincantieri has said.

"Le Lyrial’s small size will allow it to easily transit through ports and destinations that are inaccessible to larger vessels." 

The 11,000gt vessel is 142m-long, 18m-wide and able to comfortably house 260 passengers. Its 122 cabins include deluxe suites, privilege suites and grand privilege suites with sea views; 94% of the cabins will have a private balcony.

Le Lyrial’s small size will allow it to easily transit through ports and destinations that are inaccessible to larger vessels. Equipped with cutting-edge technologies, the ship will offer energy saving benefits and minimise environmental impacts.

Certified as the comfort class by Bureau Veritas, the vessel will have a low level of vibration and noise.

After delivery, Le Lyrial will be operated in Alaska during summers and in Australia and New Zealand in winters.


Image: Le Soléal was the third super-luxury cruise ship built by Fincantieri for Compagnie du Ponant. Photo: courtesy of Fincantieri.