Carnival, Holland America to get new cruise ships

Two more cruises ships are on the horizon with the announcement today by Carnival Corporation for new Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines vessels.

The parent company of the two lines as well as eight other cruise line brands revealed it is contracting with longtime partner Fincantieri shipyards in Monfalcone, Italy to build the two ships, a 2,660-passenger, 99,000-ton ship for Holland America to be delivered in fall 2015 and a 4,000-passenger, 135,000-ton ship for Carnival to be delivered in winter 2016.

"Today's order continues the company's strategy of introducing two to three ships per year across the corporation's 10 brands, " said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc. "We have strategically timed the introduction of these new ships to allow ample time for those brands to further grow their passenger base and absorb the new capacity while minimizing revenue yield dilution in the remainder of their existing fleets." This will be the first new ship for Holland America since 2010's ms Nieuw Amsterdam, and a new class of ship for that fleet.

The Carnival ship will also be a new class of ship, and debut four years after its latest new vessel, the Carnival Breeze which began service this summer.

The company, which also owns Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Seabour and others now has nine new ships scheduled for delivery, two for 2013, two for 2014, three for 2015 and two for 2016.

The company's next ships in the North American market will be the Royal Princess due in June 2013 and its sister ship, the Regal Princess due in spring 2014.

The order keeps a 20-year relationship with Fincantieri running strong.

"These additional orders bring the total number of ships we have built for Carnival Corporation & plc to 61 and confirm Fincantieri's world leadership in the cruise ship sector even at a time of slowing demand," Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said. "We view these orders as a very positive development for the Italian economy and the global cruise industry."

2012 saw the introduction of four new large cruise ships in North America with the Disney Fantasy, Oceania Riviera, Carnival Breeze and the new Celebrity Reflection, which debuted two weeks ago.

There's only two major ships expected in the North American market for 2013 and 2014. 2013 will see the introduction of the Royal Princess, but not before the debut of the Norwegian Breakaway in April.

2014 will be highlighted with the Breakaway's sister ship, Norwegian Getaway, and the new Royal Caribbean Project Sunshine vessel.

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