CruiseGenting Cruise Lines’ future Universal Class ships will be their next game changers

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Customisable ships in Genting’s upcoming Universal Class will be rolling end of 2022.
Customisable ships in Genting’s upcoming Universal Class will be rolling end of 2022.
Universal Platforms will ensure build efficiency, overall safety and an environmental focus, while aspects of the ships’ design above the waterline can be customised and branded according to whichever hospitality brand has ordered them.

ROSTOCK - During the keel laying of Genting Cruise Lines’ second Global Class ship at MV WERFTEN Rostock, Germany,  this month, news emerged of the company’s upcoming Universal Class ships. 

“We are here for the keel laying of the second Global Class ship,” said Genting Hong Kong’s chairman and CEO Tan Sri KT Lim. "But more importantly, we are starting the design and building of the next series of ships, the Universal Class ships, the first to be delivered at the end of 2022.”

While the trio of MV WERFTEN shipyards in northern Germany are indeed currently working on the Global Class ships, at the same time their work force is streamlining the building process for ultimate efficiency, speed and economy of scale. This means they will be the perfect yards to create Genting’s next game changer, Universal Class ships. 

Universal Platforms will ensure build efficiency, overall safety and an environmental focus, while aspects of the ships’ design above the waterline can be customised and branded according to whichever hospitality brand has ordered them. 

This feeds directly into the increasingly popular trend of hospitality brands wanting to move into the cruise industry but scuppered by shipyards’ building slots being busy far into the future. 

The ships’ 286 metres and 88,000 gross tonnes will offer ‘premium class’ accommodation to 2000 guests, translating into more space and fewer crowds and lines on board. 

“The major hospitality brands are uncompromising in protecting their brand image and the Universal Class ships are perfect as they carry the most trusted and respected “Made in Germany” label,” says Peter Fetten, president and CEO of MV WERFTEN. 

"They are designed with the highest safety and environmental standards, including LNG propulsion.”

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