Carnival Corp. has announced an order for two new ships from Fincantieri S.p.A., one for Carnival Cruise Line and one for Holland America Line.
The new Carnival Cruise Line ship, which has not yet been named, will hold 3,954 passengers and will be the 26th ship in the line's fleet. It 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. The delivery date for the new cruise ship 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. Carnival plans to announce details on the many unique features and innovations of Carnival Vista during a three-day event for media, travel agents and consumers in New York January 22-24, 2015.
For Holland America Line, the new order adds a second Pinnacle class ship to the fleet, a new class of vessels that will debut with the delivery and launch of the Koningsdam in February 2016. The new ship, scheduled for delivery in late November 2018, will accommodate 2,650 guests. The new as-yet-unnamed ship 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.
Carnival Corporation has refreshed its global fleet with more than 30 new ship additions since 2007, including its two newest ships, Regal Princess and Costa Diadema, with another 10 ships scheduled to be delivered between 2015 and 2018.
In 2016, Carnival Cruise Line is scheduled to debut Carnival Vista, a 133,500-ton ship that will be the largest ever in its fleet, and Holland America Line will launch its newest ship, the 99,500-ton Koningsdam, a new Pinnacle Class ship that can carry 2,650 passengers. Also in 2016, Seabourn will unveil its newest luxury ship, expected to be the biggest ever built by the brand with the ability to serve 604 passengers.
Looking forward to 2017, Princess Cruises is working with Fincantieri to build a 143,000-ton vessel featuring the design elements introduced by the brand's two newest ships, sisters Royal Princess and Regal Princess.