“It is my pleasure to introduce you to our company. My family has been building ships since 1927 when my grandfather and great-uncle opened our first shipyard in the Netherlands. Back then, we worked closely with local clients to deliver them exactly the sort of vessels they needed. Listening carefully to what our customers had to tell us was precisely how my father came up with the standardised shipbuilding concept for which Damen is so well known.
Since the beginning we have built and delivered over 6,000 vessels to clients all over the world. We continue today, delivering over 150 vessels each year to all sectors of the maritime industry. Just as in the early days, we still feel it is important for us to be close to our customers wherever they are. This is why we operate over 50 ship and repair yards, service hubs and associated offices all over the world.
And, just as we started out all those years ago with an eye on the future, we are still looking forwards today, aiming to help our clients – and theirs – to get the very best possible cruise experience from Damen vessels.”
Damen has delivered over 6,000 vessels to all sectors of the maritime industry.
Our wider network offers unrivalled access to diverse companies experienced in enhancing the cruise and leisure sailing experience.
At Damen we consistently strive to do the best in all that we do, applying the pride of the craftsman to the building of our vessels. Combined with a listening ear to what our clients have to tell us, this goes a long way towards meeting our goal of exceeding expectations. Damen has delivered over 6,000 vessels to all sectors of the maritime industry.
From waterbuses and ferries to luxury yachts and yacht support vessels, Damen’s scope of work covers the entire lifecycle of the vessel, from engineering to recycling. We are renowned for our standardised shipbuilding philosophy – by which our clients are guaranteed the fastest possible delivery of proven, reliable vessels. Additionally, Damen has an extensive track-record of delivering custom one-offs, designed exactly to our clients’ requirements. Our wider network offers unrivalled access to diverse companies experienced in enhancing the cruise and leisure sailing experience.
“Entering the cruise industry is a logical step for Damen. We have a solid track-record when it comes to breaking new ground. We bring a controlled and effective operation to the table; one which has a well-deserved reputation for delivering reliable quality.”
BERT JAN TER RIET
MANAGING DIRECTOR CRUISE, ROPAX & OFFSHORE
Part of the Damen Shipyards Group since 2012, KNUD E. HANSEN has a long history of world-leading cruise ship design. KNUD E. HANSEN is active in all sectors of the maritime industry, but is most known for its newbuild and refit designs of passenger and cruise vessels. KNUD E. HANSEN provides support to Damen Cruise in the design of its newbuild vessels.
“KNUD E. HANSEN designs everything that floats except for atomic submarines, but the soul of the company is in passenger vessels and at the very heart of this lies cruise ships.”
FINN WOLLESEN PETERSEN
Whether for superyacht clients or cruise vessel customers, we understand that creating memories to cherish for a lifetime starts in the quality of the engineering and construction. Part of Damen Shipyards Group since 1991, our luxury yacht builder Amels has delivered more than 60 high-end superyachts up to 83 metres and 3,000 gross tonnes. We have a deep understanding of the luxury experience at the highest level, managing highly complex projects and supply chains.
“We are very enthusiastic about supporting our clients with the means they need to fulfil the dreams of their guests. Providing safe, environmentally conscious and thoroughly enjoyable ships, our offer represents the optimal cruising experience to exciting destinations all over the world.”
MANAGING DIRECTOR AMELS
The SeaXplorer is both safe and comfortable in any sea-state, thanks to Damen’s Sea Axe hull design. The five designs of the range (55-100 metres) can reach the most remote destinations and enjoy up to 40 days of luxury living without a port call.
“We are enormously proud to offer the highest levels of safety, professionalism and luxury lifestyle in the expedition yachting market. But we also understand that behind the technology and the innovation, the SeaXplorer is about unforgettable moments, the drive for adventure and the most spectacular destinations on Earth.”
MANAGING DIRECTOR AMELS
At Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) we make sure that your cruise ship will meet its next scheduled Itinerary. With sixteen repair & conversion yards in N-W Europe and the Caribbean, there is always a (covered) drydock available. Besides our yards our Harbour & Voyage team will meet you in case necessary on every (remote) location you might be.
Take confidence in our extensive track record of on-time cruise project deliveries, covering the entire scope of work, whether you require repair, maintenance or refit of your vessel.
“We are available day and night and offer outstanding drydock capacity at strategic, convenient locations worldwide, combined with a commitment to quality, within budget and on-time, every time.”
ROGIER VAN DER LAAN
GLOBAL PRODUCT MANAGER MAINTENANCE & UPGRADE SERVICES DAMEN CRUISE
Damen is running extensive R&D and innovation programmes, in cooperation with expert industry bodies, corporate ventures and research institutes, leading to numerous ground-breaking innovations and developments in sustainability. Much of this has a direct impact on the cruise sector. For example, Damen is currently running a corporate research programme considering alternative forms of propulsion. This programme aims at bringing greater levels of sustainability to the maritime industry and includes a range of methods that could significantly improves efficiency and lowers emmissions in the operation of cruise ships. It includes, for example, wind assisted vessels, fuel cells, battery systems and alternative power generation, such as renewable shore power for vessels in port. The vast experience of Damen’s dedicated R&D and Innovation department includes, amongst other things, noise & vibration, air cavity lubricaion, HVAC, ice class, human machine interface for crew and passengers, power distribution, data science, machine learning and process optimisation, all of which will be applied to increasing performance, safety, sustainability and cost-efficiency in the cruise industry.
"In its long history Damen has unveiled some game-changing innovations. We know that in order to retain our leading position we need to continue to innovate – now more than ever as the world becomes increasingly digitally connected and calls for sustainability become more urgent. With the considerable experience Damen has gathered, combined with in-house skills, we are fully committed to delivering a safer, better performing, more efficient and sustainable cruise industry for the future."