The first of three masts have been erected on Sea Cloud Spirit in what is being billed as a “decisive phase” in the development of the new ship.
Sea Cloud Spirit is the third ship for Sea Cloud Cruises. On its five-star ships, the Hamburg-based shipping company offers sustainable and environmentally friendly cruises, set in the ambience and atmosphere of a private yacht.
“With this, we have taken an important step towards the completion of the Sea Cloud Spirit,” says Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Sea Cloud Cruises. The 138-metre-long, three-mast full-rigged ship for 136 passengers will be put into service this year.
The masts, already fully equipped with shrouds and stays, are now being erected in Vigo, Spain. The masts will carry the total sail area of almost 4,100 square metres. Raising the 54-metre aft mast is an important prerequisite for the completion of Sea Cloud Spirit. The mizzenmast not only carries the sails but also contains the exhaust system for the Sea Cloud Spirit‘s engine.
“As soon as the shrouds and stays are attached and the mast is aligned, we can start testing the engine,” explains Schäfer. At the same time, the shipyard is working on the interior fittings of the large sailing vessel.
Sea Cloud Spirit will operate voyages ranging from four to 16 nights in duration in the Canary Islands, Western Mediterranean, Iberian Peninsula, North Atlantic, Northern Europe, British Isles, North Sea and the Caribbean.