Official handover cruiseferry "Pride of Rotterdam" to P&O North Sea Ferries
Today, April 12th 2001, at the Marghera Yard of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, after a succesfull building process, the luxurious and world-largest Cruiseferry "Pride of Rotterdam"has officially been handed over to P&O North Sea Ferries.
The "Pride of Rotterdam" is currently on her positioning voyage to her homeport Rotterdam, where she will officially be named at the Cruise Terminal by HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on April 27th.
The vessel will enter service between Rotterdam and Hull on April 30th replacing the ferries currently on this run with a saving of their voyage time by two and a half hours.
The construction of the "Pride of Rotterdam" has taken less than 14 months. The keel of the new Cruiseferry was laid in March last year, followed by the float-out in September.
Weighing in at 59,925 GRT the 'Pride of Rotterdam' is 215 metres in length and 31.5 metres wide and is able to carry 1,360 passengers all in cabins with private facilities.
The specially designed car deck accommodates250 vehicles and is accessed through a side entrance to the ship.
The 3 freight decks have a capacity of 3,400 running metres and including 1,500 running metres for double stacked containers. In total each cruiseferry is capable of carrying approximately 400 freight units.
At the official handover ceremony in Venice P&O North Sea Ferries' managing director Peter van den Brandhof was delighted to take delivery of the majestic Cruiseferry.
He emphasized the high quality level of the "Pride of Rotterdam" which was achieved in cooperation with builders Fincantieri and the London based designer SMC Tillberg.
"The accommodation and facilities of this new Cruiseferry are equal to modern cruise ships. With this vessel we are setting the highest standards of customer service between the UK and the continent."
The "Pride of Rotterdam" will for instance offer luxury Suites, an A la Carte restaurant, a Casino, a two tiered show lounge, a Sky Lounge with panoramic views and a Cyber Zone, where passengers can surf the web.
Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, Fincantieri CEO, has expressed once more great satisfaction for this order which "confirms the competitiveness of the Italian shipbuilding industry even in the controversial and unfair scenario of the merchant ships' international market".
A day before the delivery of the "Pride of Rotterdam" the second Cruise ferry "Pride of Hull" was launched at the Marghera Yard. She is expected to be delivered in November 2001.