TUI and Royal Caribbean Cruises joint venture (JV) TUI Cruises has chosen Fincantieri to build a pair of liquified natural gas (LNG) powered vessels.

To be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2024 and 2026, respectively.

Each of the vessels will feature approximately 161,000t capacity, as well as include solutions to reduce fuel consumption and environmental impact in compliance with new industry regulations.

The vessels will also be built on a prototype project developed by Fincantieri to improve the existing features of modernity and sustainability of TUI Cruises.

TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier said: “With the new class of ships, we are responding to the wishes of our guests and creating offerings that will also inspire new cruise passengers.

“As with the other ships in the fleet, the passenger/space ratio remains generous.

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“The decision to run the two additional low-emission new builds is a logical continuation of our environmental strategy.”

“The decision to run the two additional low-emission new builds is a logical continuation of our environmental strategy.”

TUI Cruises plans to commission two ships by 2019 and 2023, with a total bed capacity of nearly 18,800.

Based in Hamburg, Germany, the company has been providing cruise services since May 2009 across the country.

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said: “These will be the largest ships ever built in Italy: we proved once more we can provide the market with the best mix of reliability and innovation, pillars of Made in Italy and distinguishing features of Fincantieri in the global shipbuilding landscape.

“The project we developed and offered to the client allowed us to achieve this outstanding commercial record, which is not just about adding a new brand to our client portfolio, but also a confirmation of the absolutely cutting-edge technological content of our products.”

Earlier this month, Fincantieri unit Vard won a contract to design and build one luxury expedition cruise vessel for German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.