The latest design from KNUD E. HANSEN, for the Mississippi River Cruise, was announced in December 2022. This design is a 328 ft river cruise vessel for operation on US rivers for itineraries of a range up to 14 days with maximum 220 passengers onboard.
The design of the vessel will be based on green technology and the vessel can be fueled with eFuel and ships systems are designed for zero discharge.
The propulsion and manoeuvring system comprising two stern azimuth electric thruster units in separate compartments at the stern and one pump jet for improved manoeuvrability in a bow compartment.
The machinery arrangement is a fuel-electric hybrid system, comprising four (4) high speed diesel generator sets combined with an energy storage, combined with a battery storage system, providing propulsion power and all remaining electrical load requirements.
The vessel features seven decks, and is divided into three main fire zones. Passenger embarkation is arranged at both sides on deck 2, or through a telescopic gangway/bow door at the bow. Both giving direct access to the reception area on deck 3.
The engine rooms, technical spaces and provision stores are arranged on deck 1. Deck 2 features an area with large VIP staterooms, and crew quarters. An alternative option of deck 2 features a passenger car garage and the crew quarters.
The garage has a capacity of approx. 20 cars. The access to the garage is via a hoistable/folding ramp at starboard side.
All staterooms are outfitted for maximum comfort: Large, flat screen televisions and independently-controlled thermostats for preferred temperature settings.
The wheelhouse, officers accommodation and ship’s office are located on deck 5 forward. The public spaces on deck 3 include the main restaurant (200 seats) with adjoining galley, library, hairdresser and a shop.
Deck 4 forward features a bar lounge (150 seats) with panorama view and access to the forward open observation deck. Deck 6 features the open sun deck surrounded by glass rails. The sun deck also includes an outdoor buffet/bar area.
On the forward part of deck 6 the vessel has a well equipped fitness center enabling an optimal panorama view. The fitness centre includes massage rooms, a sauna, and jacuzzis.
The design has been developed completely in-house, by the highly trained and experienced staff of naval architects, mechanical engineers and designers at