Carnival Corporation has announced plans to build to new cruise ships at Italy’s Fincantieri to add to the cruise company’s Holland America Line and Princess Cruises brands.
Final contracts are expected to be executed in early 2017. With a memorandum of agreement for the two new ships signed, Carnival Corporation now has 19 new sips scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2022.
The ship for Holland America will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, with delivery scheduled for 2021. The ship for Princess Cruises will be built at Fincantieri’s yard in Monfalcone, Italy and delivery is expected for 2022.
Holland America Line’s new 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.
The ship for Princess Cruises will be 145,000-ton with capacity to carry 3,660 passengers. It will be the brand’s sixth “Royal” class vessel, featuring the successful design platform used on Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, the world’s first ship designed specifically for the China market and scheduled for delivery in March 2017.
Carnival Corporation current portfolio consists of 10 cruise brands, operating 102 ships totaling 226,000 lower berths.
Fincantieri said it has built 62 ships for Carnival Corporation’s different brands since 1990, with another 11 ships for group currently in the company’s orderbook. Through the partnership Carnival has invested over USD 25 billion in Italy, making it one of the country’s largest foreign investors, the company said.