The design of cruise ships is changing to reflect improved technology

ByRick Deutsch

The design of cruise ships is changing to reflect improved technology

Let’s face it: The basic design of cruise ships has not materially changed since the first steamers were zipping between England and New York. While there certainly have been major technological improvements in the decades past, we still see the hull, body and stern looking about the same.

Side thrusters, stabilizers, and bow bulbs have been the most noticeable.

I commend Aurora Expeditions’ ship, named “Greg Mortimer” for its nifty bow innovation. It looks a bit different than other cruise ships.

The ship is small – it features what they call “X-bow.” It resembles a bullet train, more than a boat. It has that “military” appearance. Even shouts a bit of “James Bond.”  Take a look.

X bow front of ship

Cruise ship designs are getting exotic

This sleek bow gives it greater speed since it can slice through the water with better stability – ergo – less drag /  more available power / less fuel consumption. All good things.

This inverted bow concept is getting more publicity (i.e. this blog) even though it is used on 100+ ships already. Aurora has just launched a full program for its polar expeditions, the first to feature the Greg Mortimer.

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The latest version will roll out in 2019 and head to Antarctica. This is a polar capable craft so the trip will be to the hard-to-get-to sites. Think Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falklands as well as up north:  Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, East Greenland, Jan Mayen, Iceland and Norway.

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