Ships ahoy! Holland America and Carnival to get new builds in 2018
Carnival Corporation has ordered two new cruise ships for its Holland America and Carnival Cruise Line brands.
The ships, as yet unnamed, will be built by Fincantieri, both for delivery in 2018.
Carnival Cruise Line’s 3,954-passenger vessel - the 26th ship in its fleet - will offer many of the newest and most popular features from Carnival’s current ships, along with several innovations that will be exclusive to this vessel.
Holland America’s newly announced ship will be sister to the Koningsdam, above
Delivery is scheduled for March 2018. Homeport and itinerary information will be announced at a later date.
The new ship will be a sister ship to Carnival Vista, which is slated for delivery in spring 2016.
For Holland America Line, the new ship will be the second in its Pinnacle class whioch will debut with the delivery and launch of the ms Koningsdam in February 2016.
The new ship, scheduled for delivery in late November 2018, will accommodate 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew. It will feature new public spaces and venues that will debut on Koningsdam. In addition, many of the familiar spaces that are currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will be included.
“These beautiful new ships on order from Fincantieri signify our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible guest experience across our industry-leading brands,” said Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation’s president & CEO.
“New ships with the latest in features, accommodations and innovations really bring the modern cruise experience to life and will help us continue to grow new demand for cruising.”
“To have been once more chosen for such an important order is the best recognition for our skills,” said Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer. “This is an extremely important sign, especially if we consider the shipbuilding industry’s present period of evolution, both in Europe and Asia.”
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