Holland America Line and Princess Cruises will each add an additional ship to their respective fleets after parent firm Carnival Corporation signed an agreement for the construction of the vessels with an Italian shipbuilding firm.
Both unnamed at present, one of the new ships will be the third ‘Pinnacle Class’ vessel for Holland America Line and is scheduled for delivery in 2022. It will be the next sister ship to MS Koningsdam, which launched last year, and the forthcoming MS Nieuw Statendam – due to enter service in 2018.
Many of the facilities available on both its predecessors will also be available on the new ship, along with elements the line says will be “unique to the vessel”. It will be identical in size and will cater to 2,650 passengers per sailing.
Princess Cruises will cap off a period of immense growth in 2021 when it takes delivery of what will be its sixth new ship in eight years. Excitingly for the line, the newly announced ship will be designed with technology to incorporate Carnival Corporation’s new Ocean Medallion – the intuitive wearable chip, wearable as a watch or pendant, which the company says will revolutionise how a traveller experiences a cruise holiday.
The line’s new ship will be the sixth in the ‘Royal Class’ currently comprised of Royal Princess and Regal Princess – which set sail in 2013 and 2014 respectively – and Majestic Princess, which will begin welcoming passengers from March this year. Each one welcomes 3,660 guests per sailing, each enjoying design highlights such as a soaring central atrium, Princess Live onboard television studio and an enormous ‘Movies Under The Stars’ poolside screen. The remaining three ‘Royal Class’ ships will be delivered to the line in 2019, 2020 and 2021.