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SMC and PSD become the latest to partner with Cruise Saudi on Aroya Cruises

Cruise Saudi CEO Lars Clasen shakes hands with a representative of PSD (left); the CEO with an SMC representative (right)
SMC and Partner Ship Design are working with Cruise Saudi to redesign the ship for Saudi Arabia’s first cruise line, Aroya Cruises.

Announced in June, the line plans to set sail in 2024 with the former World Dream, which is undergoing an upgrade at Bredo Dry Docks in Bremerhaven.

We are delighted to be working with some of the best visionary innovators in cruise ship design for our premium cruise offering, Aroya Cruises,’ remarked Lars Clasen, CEO, Cruise Saudi. ‘Working with sector-leading experts such as SMC and PSD will play a crucial role in ensuring that Aroya Cruises offers a comfortable, luxurious and inspiring environment from which passengers can enjoy the highest standard of service and facilities.’ 

Aroya Cruises is primarily intended for nationals, expatriates and regional guests. As previously reported by Seatrade Cruise News, outfitting works will be carried out by MJM Marine and De Wave Group.

The exclusive retail operator will be Gebr. Heinemann. 

SMC chosen as lead designer 

London-based SMC, the original designer of Aroya Cruises’ first ship, has been chosen as the lead designer for the refurbishment project. It will provide interior and architectural design, branding and art consultancy services. 

Based in Hamburg, PSD provides ship design and building services, with expertise in newbuilds, refurbishments and conversions of cruise ships, river cruise vessels, yachts and ferries. It will work on the interior design, design details and documentations, follow-ups and engineering support.