Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) just welcomed three new 25-meter (82') cruise tenders into their Caribbean fleet, stationed at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. The tenders were designed by Incat Crowther and built by Singapore’s Penguin Shipyard International.
The tenders will transport 352 passengers from NCL cruise ships to the company’s private island resort. The main deck seats 164 people, and the upper deck accommodates the remaining 188 passengers.
Working within pre-existing infrastructure restrictions was integral to the design, as was handicap accessibility. Each vessel contains two wheelchair-accessible spaces on the main deck, a wheelchair lift to the upper deck, and a handicap-accessible toilet.
In order to utilize the existing tender docks at NCL’s Great Stirrup Cay Resort, each vessel is equipped with bespoke main deck bow ramps for passenger boarding and disembarkation.
“Our digital shipbuilding process helped to ensure these tenders were operationally efficient, as well as providing guests with the luxury experience you would expect while on a Caribbean holiday with Norwegian Cruise Lines. The project also proves that our world-leading catamaran hull designs can be applied across multiple sectors and in almost any environment – from the open ocean to tourist transportation routes such as this one in the Bahamas,” Ed Dudson of Incat Crowther said in a statement announcing the deliveries.