Aman firms up ship order with T. Mariotti

Aman Group and Cruise Saudi secure shipyard deal for 'Project Sama'

Ultra-luxury hospitality brand, Aman, has taken steps to move forward with its previously mooted debut on the sea, tasking Italy’s T. Mariotti shipyard to deliver “Project Sama”.

Project Sama will be the first ultra-luxury at-sea experience from Neptune Co., a joint venture of Aman Group and Cruise Saudi. The shipyard said on Friday [20 January 2023] “this unique new concept in the ultra-luxury resort at sea niche occupies a space in the leisure market that has never before been explored.”

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Accommodating up to 100 guests, the 183-metre vessel will feature Mariotti’s first dual fuel-powered newbuild project, capable of exceeding environmental priorities when delivered and well into the future. The exterior profile and guest accommodations are designed by world-renowned Yacht Designers, SINOT. Project Sama will host guests in fifty suites, featuring exceptional luxury, spacious public spaces and unrivaled entertainment facilities, a hallmark of the Aman brand.

“It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to work with Aman, the pinnacle player in high-end hospitality,” said Marco Ghiglione, T. Mariotti Managing Director.

“We are proud to offer our luxury shipbuilding experience to this challenging new venture offering a unique combination of luxury, safety and versatility which will innovate the art of travelling at sea.

“This is yet another sign of the Made in Italy skill and capacity to satisfy the wishes of the most demanding customers in the world,” Ghiglione added.

Initially earmarked to debut in 2025, Project Sama’s debut has now been shuffled back until 2026. An official name for the ship is yet to be publically announced.

In June 2022, T. Mariotti delivered Seabourn’s first of two purpose-built polar vessels, Seabourn Venture, while the sister ship – Seabourn Pursuit – is slated to enter service later this year.

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