Dec. 19--Carnival Corp. today announced a deal to build two new cruise ships at the Fincantieri shipyards for its Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America brands.
The Carnvial ship will be a sister ship to the Carnival Vista, which is currently under construction at the Italian shipyard and due in spring 2016 while the Holland America ship will be a sister ship to the recently announced Koningsdam, which is also due in 2016.
"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 Carnival Corporation President & CEO Arnold Donald. "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."
Today's announced ships will join their respective fleets in March 2018 for Carnival and November 2018 for Holland America. No ship names or homeport or itinerary plans were revealed.
The Carnival ship will accommodate 3,954 passengers and be the 26th in the fleet. The company says it will feature innovations that will be exclusive to the vessel as well as features that will be on sister ship Vista. More details on that 135,500-ton vessel, which will be line's largest ever built, will be revealed in January. It will be the line's first new ship since 2012's Carnival Breeze.
The Holland America ship will be in the Pinnacle class of vessels and designed to hold 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew. Sister ship Koningsdam, a 99,500-ton vessel, will be the 16th ship in the Holland America fleet with the new ship to be the 17th if the line keeps all of its older vessels. The oldest in the fleet is the ms Prinsendam built in 1988. It has not received a new ship since 2010's ms nieuw Amsterdam.
The two ships will add to Carnival Corp.'s arsenal of ships, now with 10 ships scheduled for delivery by 2018 among its 10 brands, which also include Princess, Costa, Cunard, Seabourn, AIDA and P&O lines. The line currently sails 100 ships across the brands.
"To have been once more chosen for such an important order is the best recognition for our skills," said Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono. "Today Fincantieri can count on a solid order book, without equal in terms of diversification and quality of the product, which is a testament to our leadership in the cruise ship business sector...We are hopeful that many others will follow in the future."
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