Nichols Brothers To Build C a t a m a r a n Cruise Ship For Glacier Bay Yacht Tours

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Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc., Freeland, Wash., is building a 30-meter (99-foot), 25- knot catamaran for operation by Glacier Bay Yacht Tours, Inc., that will provide luxury passenger accommodations for 49 people in 25 staterooms.

The catamaran, being built for Robert and Lori Giersdorf of Seattle who will in turn lease the vessel to Glacier Bay Yacht Tours, Inc., will be delivered in time for the early summer cruising season in Alaska, according to Mr. Giersdorf.

The cruise vessel, which will carry the name M/V Executive Explorer, is being built to international shipbuilding and safety standards for domestic and international operations. Glacier Bay expects to operate the vessel in Hawaii and the South Pacific during winter seasons. Matt Nichols, president of the building yard, said that the vessel will be the largest cruising catamaran ever built in the U.S., and may well be unique among world cruise ships. Accommodations in the triple-deck vessel will include a forward view lounge on the main deck.

The dining room aft will have full sitdown meal service from a well-appointed galley. For further information on the full services and facilities offered by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, C i r c l e 6 9 o n R e a d e r S e r v i c e C a rd

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