Today at the yard of CI.MAR (Cimolai-Mariotti) in San Giorgio di Nogaro (East Italy) Seabourn and T.Mariotti have confirmed their good relationship with a spectacular double keel laying to solicite fortune to the two new ultra luxury sisterships.

Present at the ceremony were: Pamela Conover President and CEO of Seabourn, Marco Bisagno Chairman of T.Mariotti shipyard Genova and Luigi Cimolai a leader of the Pordenone Group and President of CI.MAR. Costruzioni Navali, together with the Companies’ top management and Pietro Del Frate the Mayor of San Giorgio di Nogaro.

At CI.MAR. yard in San Giorgio di Nogaro (East Italy) Pamela Conover (President of Seabourn, the luxury brand of Miami based Carnival Corporation & PLC) and Marco Bisagno (Chairman of the Italian Genova based T.Mariotti Shipyard) placed their coins on each of the two blocks that will become the hulls of the newbuildings MAR063 and MAR064 . Two welders have been employed to fix the coins simoultaneously on the steel to underline that those ships are twins.

The double ceremony, with two keels laid and four coins welded, symbolize the confidence in the segment of cruising of that class and express satisfaction with the progress of the work carried out on the first new Seabourn flaghship thus far.

The yet un-named cruiseships scheduled to be delivered in 2010 and 2011, follow Seabourn Odyssey, whose sleek hull arrived to Genova T.Mariotti’s quay at the end of May for the cruiseship construction. Odyssey’s hull is now completed with steel superstructures and will be outfitted for delivery in 2009. The three ultra luxury cruiseships are twins designed to become the ultimate innovation in the cruise industry.

The Euro 550 million whole order confirms T.Mariotti as a world leader in the field of ultra luxury shipbuilding. The new 32.000 GRT ships (650 feet long, with a beam of 84 feet and draft of 21 feet) will feature the intimate comfort that is Seabourn’s hallmark in 225 luxury suites (ninety percent of which will offer provate verandas), and boast among the highest space-per-guest ratios in the cruise market.

Safety on board, air and sea protection are the primary aspects of the project. All the three Green Ships comply with the latest IMO (International Maritime Organization) safety standards for damage stability that come into force in 2009, even though construction will begin before the new rules take effect.

Green Star is the highest rating for ships employing advanced wastewater treatment technology to minimize pollution and protect the air and sea environment. The ships will be powered with two fully independent propulsion systems for safe travel even in case of emergency.