The ship is 85 metres long and 14 metres wide. It has a floor space of around 2,500 square metres and can accommodate up to 1,000 passengers. The total building costs including furnishings, inventory and event equipment came to some 14.5 million euros.
The ship is characterised by the straight axe bow, which clearly stands out from other passenger ships with a curved bow. The elegant yet very dynamic-looking hull features flowing lines. MS RheinGalaxie will mostly be in action in the metropolises of Düsseldorf and Cologne. “The newest member of our fleet offers a unique degree of comfort and luxury and is perfectly suited to spectacular events, company functions, conferences, party cruises and pleasure trips,” announces Chairman of the KD Board Dr Achim Schloemer.
MS RheinGalaxie was originally scheduled to launch in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused delays in the construction process. “After the tough restrictions of the last two years, we now see it as a good omen that our new event boat will be finished in time for the start of the new 2022 season. We are looking forward to the christening and of course the many wonderful events that will take place on board the MS RheinGalaxie in the monthsand years ahead,” Schloemer adds. Before MS RheinGalaxie dropped anchor in its home port of Düsseldorf in mid-March, the ship took a short tour around the Netherlands. From the shipyard in Lobith near Emmerich it first travelled to Arnheim. Here, painting work, among other things, was carried out before the ship was lifted out of the water again in Dordrecht for final cleaning of the lowest section of the hull. Lastly, the final, minor steel work was carried out in Werkendam.