MIAMI — Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build two new cruise ships for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises, with final contracts expected to be completed in early 2017. With the new agreement, Carnival Corporation now has 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2022.
Holland America Line’s new ship will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, with an expected delivery in 2021. The 99,500-ton, 2,660-guest ship will be its third Pinnacle class vessel, following the design of the line’s newest and largest ship, ms Koningsdam, and its sister ship, Nieuw Statendam, scheduled for delivery in November 2018.
Princess Cruises’ new 145,000-ton ship will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, with an expected delivery in 2022. It will carry 3,660 passengers and will be its sixth Royal class vessel. In addition, 81% of all staterooms will have balconies, a central atrium hub will offer multiple dining and entertainment venues, and an outdoor movie screen will be the largest one at sea.
“We are extremely pleased to formally announce these two new ships and build on the success and popularity of their sister ships already sailing guests around the globe,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “Our goal is to exceed expectations of the 11.5 million guests who sail with us each year, and these new ships will offer more opportunities for our guests to create lifelong vacation memories while generating added excitement around the fast-growing global demand for cruise vacations.”
Specific features and amenities for both ships, along with deployment details, will be revealed in the coming months. For more information, visit carnival.com