The world as we know it is gonna end anyhow, so why not spend these end times in the best seats of the house, with gambling and watching the most spectacular sights of an unfolding disaster? If this isn’t the motto of a state-run Russian shipbuilding company, it should be close enough.
As the rising global temperatures (and an unique fleet of nuclear icebreakers) make all-year-long shipping increasingly feasible along the Northern Sea Route, the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) of Russia has unveiled several design projects of arctic cruise ships.
These otherwise handsome vessels would transport travellers and tourists through the waters of the Russian Arctic. The proposed Almaz, Vimper and Iceberg class holiday liners are valued up to $300 million each. A singe cruise ship will be able to carry 350 passengers in luxury. To boost income, vessels should feature an on-board casino. Other mentioned entertainment options are water sports like jet-skiing and submersion in a diving bell.
The ships would come with ice-deflectors and could be equipped with a helicopter deck. The development of Arctic holiday ships is a high priority objective for USC. The company and its subsidiaries are going to offer multiple types of holiday cruisers for the potential contractors.