The keel laying ceremony for Dream Cruises' Global Class flagship, featuring 204,000 gross ton, took place at MV Werften's Rostock shipyard yesterday.
The first section, with a length of 22 meters, width of 26 meters and weighing 410 tons, about half of the full keel, marks the start of construction of the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany.
"The Global Class is designed from the keel upwards for the Asian sourced market, which requires more exciting public areas and larger cabins than traditional cruise ships and, supported by the world's leading technology and digital systems for Asians, who are more used to digital technology,”said Genting Hong Kong's Executive Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.
"We are creating something truly great. After an intensive engineering and design phase, yesterday's keel laying marks the next stage of the manufacturing process of MV's first giant, its dock assembly,”added Peter Fetten, managing director at MV Werften.
Production of the 204,000 gross ton ship, which will be 342 meters long and over 46 meters wide, will take place in parallel in Wismar and Rostock.
The 220-meter-long midship will be manufactured in Rostock. It will be moved to Wismar in 2019, where the bow and stern, as well as the superstructures, will be mounted.
The Global Class ships, capable of accommodating up to 5,000 passengers, were designed for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market.