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X-Expedition Cruise, a new-generation exploration ship with superyacht luxury and style, cruise ship modular construction and Wártsila hybrid propulsion

Stefano Pastrovich is presenting his X‑Expedition design for superyachts and cruise ships, which builds on over 20 years’ experience in the creation of custom superyachts and exploration ships. “We’ve designed a new generation of superyachts and small cruise ships for a new generation of luxury-segment explorers. Our XExpedition is a “Protected Ship” in a class of its own: a magical safe haven from which to enjoy the world’s most beautiful landscapes in total safety, while simultaneously immersing you in an extraordinary world of its own that becomes part of its surroundings, like an island.”

 

Technically, the X-Expedition design brings two worlds together.  “Right from the first sketch, we based the design on integrating different construction techniques, leveraging the efficient modular approach of the cruise industry while combining it with the high-end techniques typical of superyachts. This enables us to achieve efficient cost management and construction times without sacrificing luxury construction detail.

 Each X-Expedition ship is designed on modular principles using a standard cruise ship construction platform.This enables the most efficient use of space and materials while significantly reducing construction times and costs. And yet X-Expedition achieves this without in any way hindering the creativity of external line and style, or of luxury attention to interior detail that distinguish a true superyacht.

The X-Expedition design is for a ship 101 metres long with a beam of 19 metres. The modular design envisages three different configurations to suit three different markets:

  • OPTIMAL CONFIGURATION for 108 guests in 48 Standard Suites, 4 Deluxe Suites and 2 Owner Suites.
  • DELUXE CONFIGURATION for 84 guests in 24 Standard Suites, 16 Deluxe Suites and 2 Owner Suites.
  • OWNER CONFIGURATION for 64 guests in 24 Deluxe Suites and 4 Owner Suites.

CABIN DIMENSIONS:

  • Standard suite: 29 sq. m (including 6.5 sq. m balcony)
  • Deluxe suite: 58 sq. m (including 10 sq. m balcony)
  • Owner suite: 87 sq. m (including 20 sq. m balcony)

The guest/crew ratio is 1:1 in all three configurations, which only vary in terms of the personal space per passenger.

A further technical innovation of the design is its incorporation of the very latest hybrid propulsion technology, both for reduced environmental impact and to enhance the experience lived on board. X-Expedition features the first new-generation hybrid power module for the naval industry, Wärtsila HY, designed and developed by Wärtsila, and integrated in the X-Expedition in partnership with Pastrovich himself.

The innovation thus brings a whole series of benefits:

  • Zero smoke under all conditions
  • Single supplier
  • Green mode for zero noise, zero vibration and zero emissions
  • Reduced consumption from use of motor at most efficient load points
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Lower emissions
  • Increased immediately-available power. 

X-Expedition has been designed for a new class of travellers who Stefano Pastrovich calls New X-Travellers. “For years, there’s been a new market ready and waiting in a new generation who want to combine adventure with exclusivity and privacy” he comments,“They’re travellers who find what they’re looking for in the world of boutique hotels.” These adventure tourists dream of exploring the seas in the most exclusive comfort, luxury and privacy, but still haven’t found a cruise ship or superyacht able to make their dream come true. “This design aims to fill that gap in the market.”

 

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