Denmark’s Knud E. Hansen has launched a new expedition cruise ship design, Phoenix World Village, incorporating the latest disease prevention and control, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and airborne and surface disinfection systems. The 150.8m-long vessel is a smaller version of the 5,200-passenger Phoenix World City which, it is claimed, set new standards for cruise ship design even though such a vessel was never actually built.
The Phoenix World Village, with capacity for up to 400 passengers and a crew of 147 persons, is likely to appeal to cruise customers who wish to visit destinations that are inaccessible to other ships whilst minimising their carbon footprint and safeguarding against pollution in remote regions, the Danish designer said.
In close collaboration with Vikand, a cruise industry healthcare and medical operations specialist, the ship’s facilities include protocols for the prevention and management of illnesses and medical emergencies. It will incorporate Vikand’s Hygensea system for disinfecting air and surfaces throughout the vessel through modifications to HVAC systems.
The new design has a diesel-electric propulsion system incorporating a low-sulphur diesel engine and large battery pack. It will have four medium-speed diesel generators, two azimuth pod units and two bow thrusters. Good seakeeping characteristics will be supported by a pair of retractable fin stabilisers.
The Phoenix World Village will have two separate accommodation blocks, forward and aft, overlooking an open deck with public spaces, restaurants, outside seating, a swimming pool and jogging area. Other public spaces include inside restaurants, bars, lounges, a café, library, games room, spa, fitness centre and sun deck.
The design company, based in Elsinore on the Øresund Strait, employs more than 90 naval architects and marine engineers in locations including Australia, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Greece, Spain, the UK, and the United States. The company prides itself on working closely with clients to adapt ships designs to meet specific bespoke requirements.