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

The schedule gets off-course.

It was hoped that the SEA CLOUD II with full sail would float up the River Elbe for the harbor anniversary in 2000. The shipyard was still within the planned timeframe until the ship's initial launch in March 1999. But repeated delays led to the SEA CLOUD II being delivered 12 months late.

The high-quality interior of SEA CLOUD II

In particular, there were problems completing the interior. The renowned designer El Corte Ingles was experienced with outfitting large cruise ships, but had some difficulties producing the high quality custom interior for the SEA CLOUD II. During construction, they were forced to hire new personnel, which cost not only money, but time.

Instead of mid-January 2000, therefore, the barque was delivered on 29 December 2000 - and even then she was not completely finished. The contractual fault period of 120 days did not begin to cover the resulting losses. But, according to owner Hermann Ebel, "What should we have done? Our pride wouldn't let us give up on the project. And above all, bookings for the new ship were running well. Our motto was 'grin and bear it!'".