There is no sign of a slowdown in ocean cruise growth with details of more new ship builds arriving on the virtual desk of australiancruisingnews.com throughout April.
Holland America opened the month with the delivery of ms Koningsdam from the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The new ship, with a capacity of 2650 guests, sailed to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for a series of Mediterranean voyages before her naming ceremony in Rotterdam in the Netherlands next month (May 20). ms Koningsdam brings the Holland America fleet to 14 cruise ships, with another due for delivery in 2018, hollandamerica.com.au
P&O Cruises Australia has signed an agreement for the construction of a new ship, which will carry more than 4200 passengers – double the capacity of the biggest P&O cruise ships that now home-port in Australia year-round. The unnamed ship will be launched in 2019, pocruises.com.au
Princess Cruises has ordered two new ships, each carrying 3,560-guests, to be ready to sail in 2019 and 2020. The order is part of an agreement for five ships between Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and Princess Cruise’s parent company, Carnival Corporation. Carnival has a total of 16 new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2020 to add to its existing 100-strong fleet. The first off the line, Majestic Princess will be delivered next year, princess.com.au
MSC Cruises chose France’s Élysée Palace in Paris, in the presence of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, to announce that it will add to its fleet with an order for an extra four new ships that will bring its “new –generation” builds up to eleven by 2026, msccruises.com.au