Sea Cloud II

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Career (Malta)
Name: Sea Cloud II
Owner: Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Sea Cloud II mbH & Co KG
Operator: Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH
Port of registry: Valletta
Builder: Astilleros Gondán, S.A. (Spain)
Yard number: 405
Laid down: 24 June 1998
Launched: 18 March 1999
Sponsored by: Sabine Christiansen
Christened: 6 February 2001
Completed: 22 January 2001
Acquired: 29 December 2000
Identification:
Call sign: 9HUE6
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Type: Barque, Cruise ship
Tonnage:
3,849 GT (gross tonnage)
Length: 105.90 m (347 ft 5 in)
Beam: 16.0 m (52 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.70 m (18 ft 8 in) max
Masts: 3
Decks: 5
Installed power: 2,480 kW (3,330 hp)
Propulsion:
23 sails (3,000 m² area)
Sail plan: Barque
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph) max
Capacity:
96 passengers
Crew: 63
Notes: [1]

The Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship, and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. A luxury vessel, she sails under the Maltese flag. The Roman suffix II indicates that she is the company's second ship. She is neither a sister to, nor the successor of, the Sea Cloud (ex Hussar II), but a separate vessel.

Concept and construction[edit]

Due to the success of the operator's first ship, Sea Cloud, but also for economic reasons, the operator decided to put another sailing ship into service.

Unlike the Sea Cloud, the Sea Cloud II is a newbuilding. The contract for her construction was awarded to the Asturian shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán, SA. The keel laying was held there on 24 June 1998.[1]

The rigging was planned and produced by Navicom in Wolgast. The 23 sails were made in Poland.

Sea Cloud II was launched on 18 March 1999.[1] However, the owner's exacting demands in relation to interior fitout caused delivery problems and personnel problems. This led to a roughly one-year delay. The ship was eventually handed over to Sea Cloud Cruises on 29 December 2000, in a not yet completely finished state.

On 22 January 2001, the final work was completed.[1] The Sea Cloud II was christened on 6 February 2001 in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. The sponsor was Sabine Christiansen.

Description[edit]

Hull[edit]

The Sea Cloud II has an overall length of 105.90 m (347 ft 5 in). Her maximum beam is 16.0 m (52 ft 6 in) and her draught is described as 5.70 m (18 ft 8 in). Her hull is built of standard shipbuilding steel, and is fitted with eight watertight bulkheads.

Three of the Sea Cloud II's decks are continuous. She has a gross tonnage (GT) of 3,849, and is equipped with three anchors, weighing a total of 2,280 kg (5,030 lb).[1]

Decks[edit]

The ship has five decks. The bridge deck is used as a sun deck behind the superstructure. Below it is the main deck, which is called the lido deck. It has a bar, lounge, the Owner Suites and the library.

The promenade deck, or first sub-deck, houses the reception area, restaurant, boutique, and the junior suites. Outside the windows of the suites is a promenade; no balconies are available. Externally, the Sea Cloud II is recognizable by the long "cutouts" in her hull.

The cabin deck is the second sub-deck. As its name suggests, it houses the cabins, but also a fitness room, sauna and a room for medical care. On the lowest deck are cabins for the crew members, along with the kitchen and other service facilities. A freight elevator connects the decks.

There is no pool aboard the Sea Cloud II. Instead, she has a foldable platform, which facilitates sea-based watersports.

Cabins and suites[edit]

In the cabins and suites, a maximum of 96 passengers can be accommodated. The interior of the Sea Cloud II is air conditioned, and in the cabins and suites, the temperature can be regulated.

There are 27 outside cabins with portholes. By price category, the room sizes range from 12 m2 (130 sq ft) to 20 m2 (220 sq ft). They are always equipped with two beds, and a TV, safe, shower, toilet and marble vanity tops with gold-plated taps, amongst other features. In the three interior cabins, the lowest category, there are bunk beds.[2]

The 16 "junior suites" are 23 m2 (250 sq ft) in size, and are equipped with large windows. They also have more luxurious furnishings and interior decorations. The bathrooms are slightly larger than in the cabins and have a bath. The two so-called "owner suites" differ from the "junior suites" by having a room size of 27 m2 (290 sq ft), more extensive furnishings (including a four-poster bed) and a much larger bathroom with tub and separate shower.[2]

Sea Cloud II in Pula, Croatia, 2011.

Rigging[edit]

The Sea Cloud II is a square-rigger with fore-mast, main-mast and mizzen-mast. The top of her main-mast is 57 m (187 ft) above deck. Her 23 sails have a total area of approximately 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft). She is sailed traditionally by hand, as is common, for example, on sail training ships.

Machinery[edit]

The vessel's main power plants consist of two four-stroke diesel engines made by Krupp MaK Maschinenbau GmbH, each developing 1,240 kW (1,660 hp) at 900 revolutions/minute. The propeller is driven via a gear mechanism. Using this means of propulsion, the Sea Cloud II achieves a top speed of about 13 knots. Additionally, she is equipped with a bow thruster.[1]

Three main generators developing a total of 1,653 kW (2,217 hp) generate the on-board voltage of 380/220 V AC, 50 Hz. There is also a 187 kW (251 hp) emergency generator.[1]

Service history[edit]

Cruise regions[edit]

The Sea Cloud II sails mainly in the Mediterranean in summer and in the Caribbean in winter. Her Atlantic crossings between these two regions are also marketed as cruises.

Rating[edit]

Comfort, service and cuisine are at the highest level on the Sea Cloud II. In 2004, the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships therefore gave her a five star rating.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Register 94055: Sea Cloud II". Germanischer Lloyd website. Germanischer Lloyd. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sea Cloud II: Cabins". Sea Cloud Cruises website. Sea Cloud Cruises. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Schiffsbewertungen durch Douglas Ward" [Ship ratings by Douglas Ward]. cruiseguide.de website. MAX-TD Pty Ltd. 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2012.  (German)

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