The first of two new LNG ships for TUI Cruises has been steel cut at Fincantieri in Italy. Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI, and Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager Merchant Ship Division of Fincantieri, attended the ceremony in San Giorgio di Nogaro (Udine) at Centro Servizi Navali, a company specialized in logistics and sheet metal production for the Fincantieri yards in northeastern Italy.

The new ships will be built at the shipyard in Monfalcone and delivered in 2024 and 2026, respectively. According to a press release, the ships will be 160,000 tons each and will serve as the new backbone of TUI Cruises’ fleet in the future.

According to a press release, the order is based on a prototype project developed by Fincantieri that enhances the well-established features of modernity and sustainability of TUI Cruises, a company with one of the most modern and environmentally friendly cruise fleets in the world.

Energy efficiency is at the heart of the project, with the dual goal of reducing fuel consumption and minimizing environmental impact, in accordance with the most recent industry regulations.

While the ships will be powered by LNG, Fincantieri is looking into the possibility of using low-emission biofuels in the future, which would be a significant step toward climate-neutral cruising. They will also have improved catalytic converters (compliant with the Euro 6 standard) and a shore power connection.