Header-Bilder SEA CLOUD II Intro
Header-Bilder SEA CLOUD II Intro
Header-Bilder SEA CLOUD II Intro

A partner on the Biscayan Gulf.

The first partner for the SEA CLOUD II's construction was a Finnish shipyard. The teamwork was successful at first, and the SEACLOUD II was commissioned in Finland. But difficulties arose: The shipyard's district government could not or would not offer bank guaranties for the necessary downpayment. Work was interrupted, and finally the partnership was terminated. A stroke of luck for SEA CLOUD CRUISES, because the shipyard went bankrupt shortly thereafter.

The building of SEA CLOUD II’s hull

Now the search for a shipyard began anew. Soon came talks with the Astilleros Gondan, S.A. shipyard in Figueras. Established in 1925, they had built an excellent 25-year reputation but had not yet constructed a large, luxury sailing ship for cruises. As the shipyard put in their bid for the SEA CLOUD II, they also had an interesting new ship on their launchway: The Spanish Nautical Ministry had contracted Astilleros Gondan to build a sailing ship for training.

Captain Bodo Franz, chairman and technical director of SEA CLOUD CRUISES, quickly went to evaluate their future partner. Although there were some reservations, his appraisal was generally positive. And the Spanish shipyard received the order to build SEA CLOUD II.